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Online Gambling Lawyer

Volume: 12 Issue: 9
(September 2013)


News

The European Parliament (EP) adopted on 10 September a report led by MEP Ashley Fox, which inter alia calls for EC infringement action against Member States whose online gambling laws are in breach of EU law, and for the prevention of match-fixing. / read more

The Gambling Commission (GC) published consultations on proposed changes to the UK Licence Conditions and Codes of Practice and proposals for the protection of customer funds on 12 September, rules which govern all licensed gambling operators, including remote operators who will be required to obtain a UK licence when the point of consumption (PoC) regime comes into effect. / read more

Bwin.party’s revenues fell 16% for the first six months of 2013 to €342.5m, the online gaming group announced in its half year results on 30 August, caused by the challenge of optimising the business “with a much greater focus on nationally regulated and to-be-regulated markets,” said CEO Norbert Teufelberger. / read more


Features

The Dutch gambling regulator Kansspelautoriteit handed down a fine of 100,000 Euros to online gambling company Global Stars in mid-September, following an investigation into concerns that Global Stars was offering into the Netherlands market through three websites in the period between June 2012 and May 2013. / read more

A report undertaken by KPMG on behalf of the Remote Gambling Association has called for changes to the UK Government's proposal for a point of consumption tax. Sue Rossiter, Director of Projects and Policy at the Remote Gambling Association, explains the report's findings, the industry views and the conclusions. / read more

Despite hopes that the Obama administration would take a lighter approach to online gambling than the Bush administration before it, a national framework for regulating i-gaming in the US has not emerged. Instead, state licensing efforts have driven the progress of i-gaming regulation in the absence of a federal program. Yet this summer, two i-gaming bills have been introduced to Congress, with supporters citing the need to end the piecemeal approach to regulating i-gaming being taken by states, in favour of a national framework. Martin Owens, Attorney-at-Law, explores the arguments for and against the state-by-state licensing approach, and looks at how the two latest federal bills fit into this situation. / read more

The European Parliament approved its response to the European Commission's framework on online gambling on 10 September. The report, entitled the Resolution on Online Gambling in the Internal Market, is designed to offer further guidance to the European Commission in its efforts to issue common standards in the online gambling field. Martin Lycka, Legal Counsel at Betfair, provides a detailed analysis of the Parliament's report, which amongst other things invites the EC to launch infringement proceedings against Member States whose online gambling regulation is in breach of EU law and most controversially calls on Member States to ban in-play betting. / read more

The Social Gaming Association and the International Social Games Coalition, both trade organisations set up by social games companies with the aim of becoming the voice for the industry, recently announced that they will be uniting to form the International Social Games Association. Luc Delany, CEO of the International Social Games Coalition, and Founder of public policy consultancy Delany & Co, sets the scene. / read more

The Directorate General for Gaming Regulation ('DGOJ') recently published the 2012 Annual Report, a document in which the official figures for public and private gaming in Spain are made public. Santiago Asensi and Angel Jiménez of Asensi Abogados, discuss the report, the impact of the financial crisis on Spain's move to regulate online gaming and the pending developments for gaming in Spain. / read more

On 2 December 2011, Serbia enacted a new law aimed at liberalising the online gambling market, for example by ending the monopoly of the Serbian State Lottery. However, this law has not been practically enacted until very recently, with the arrival of rules relating to obtaining a licence for operating online gambling in Serbia, in force as of 2 September this year. Alex Petrovic, Partner at Joksović, Stojanović & Partners, discusses the measures introduced in the 2011 law and the latest rules, as well as the current situation with regards to online gambling in Serbia. / read more

Despite the Gaming Law of the Republic of Lithuania being adopted in 2001, entities engaged in gaming activities still encounter numerous problems caused by varying interpretations of the Law and evolving court practice, as well as continuously changing practice of the Gaming Control Authority. / read more


About Online Gambling Lawyer

The monthly publication exploring legal issues affecting operators in online gambling and gaming, on a global basis. Topics covered included licensing, offshore operators, mobile gaming, gambling payments, fixture lists and database rights, online poker, social gaming and gambling, online liquidity, advertising, sports betting, in-play betting, eSports, fantasy sports (DFS), Bitcoin gambling, and gambling fraud, as well as in-depth discussion of legislation such as the Fourth Anti-Money Laundering Directive and the US Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 (UIGEA)... / read more

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