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Online Gambling Lawyer

Volume: 14 Issue: 8
(August 2015)


News

Brazil’s President, Dilma Rousseff, vetoed 36 articles of Provisory Measure 671/2015 on 12 August, which includes the provisions for the creation of a fixed odds sports lottery. The Bill, initially approved by the Brazilian Congress, emerged last month as an alternative for local football teams to refinance their tax debt and allow the government to compensate a potential reduction in tax collection, due to the new agreements with football clubs, through the creation of additional sources of revenue. / read more

A study into ‘The Use of Social Media in Gambling’ commissioned by Gambling Research Australia and conducted by the Centre for Gambling Education and Research at Southern Cross University, published in late July, has found that for the majority of people, social casino games have no impact on their gambling and that for the majority there is little evidence that gambling promotions via social media or social casino games influence gambling. / read more

Swedish Civil Affairs Minister Ardalan Shekarabi put forward in early August a timetable for reform of Sweden’s gambling regime; the end result will be the market’s deregulation and may include Svenska Spel losing its monopoly status. The timetable suggests that the reformed market will go live in July 2018. / read more


Features

Harrie Temmink, Deputy Head of Unit at the European Commission, Directorate-General Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, Brussels, and Chairman of the EU Expert Group on Gambling Services, provides an update on the progress of the Commission’s Action Plan on online gambling. / read more

Two recent proposed transactions have highlighted what many analysts are predicting could be a wave of consolidation in the online gambling industry. Ladbrokes’ proposed merger with Gala Coral, and the tussle between 888 Holdings plc and GVC Holdings plc to acquire bwin.party, represent what many believe will be the first of a series of high-stakes M&A bets, in response to amongst other things the higher taxation and increased competition faced by operators, particularly as a result of the recent regulatory changes to the UK market. In this article, Rob Willis and Charles Turnham of Olswang LLP examine the drivers behind these deals and the lessons to be learnt. / read more

The phenomenal rise of eSports or competitive video gaming is opening up new possible revenue streams and opportunities for audience engagement for gambling operators. Jas Purewal, Founder of specialist digital entertainment and eSports law firm Purewal & Partners LLP explains eSports in detail, the potential for eSports gambling and the legal issues that it raises. / read more

The Hungarian government has made several changes to the regulation of online gambling in the past few years, and the regulator has not always been consistent in its revisions of the legal framework. The latest amendments of Act XXXIV 1991 on the Organisation of Gambling (the ‘Gambling Act’) adopted by the Hungarian Parliament in July 2015 were not a surprise as they fit with the latest trends in Hungary on this matter: they are designed to ensure the profitability of the fully state-owned gambling organiser, Szerencsejáték Zrt, and to squeeze out the unlicensed foreign service providers from the Hungarian market. Despite this bad news for operators that would still like to obtain a licence, there remains only a small chance that such operators can stay in the market or enter the market by concluding a special international cooperation agreement with a Hungarian licensed operator. / read more

In late July the GB Gambling Commission published a Communication, ‘Betting on lotteries and lottery themed gaming products: being clear to consumers,’ which highlights to operators that when presenting or advertising betting on lotteries or lottery-themed gaming products, consumers must be aware that they are not, in making such bets or playing such games, participating in a lottery. Andrew Danson, Partner at K&L Gates, follows his previous article on the tension between the lottery and commercial gambling sectors from March’s edition of the World Online Gambling Law Report with a closer look at the Commission’s Communication, in the context of other developments relating to the lottery market, such as the Call for Evidence published earlier this year by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (‘DCMS’). / read more

A number of politicians in Italy have recently submitted to the Italian Parliament a draft bill that would prohibit gambling and betting advertising to the Italian market. Gianluca Cambareri and Giuseppe Santarelli of Tonucci & Partners discuss the bill and outline why, if the bill passes, it could lead to legal action from disgruntled operators. / 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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