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Online Gambling Lawyer

Volume: 15 Issue: 11
(November 2016)


The UK Competition and Markets Authority (‘CMA’) announced on 21 October 2016 that it will investigate consumer protection concerns in the online gambling sector, and has issued Information Notices asking operators for evidence of compliance with consumer law. The CMA’s action is in cooperation with the GB Gambling Commission and follows the Commission’s announcement earlier in 2016 that an area of focus this year is the fairness of consumer terms. / read more

The Prime Ministers of the 16 German states published jointly a press release on 28 October 2016, outlining their plans to work on amendments to the heavily criticised Interstate Treaty on Gambling of 2012 (‘Treaty’). / read more


A recent Dutch Administrative Appeals Court ruling has resulted in the confirmation that the Dutch financial watchdog shall regulate games of chance involving binary options in the Netherlands. Bas Jongmans and Hester Bais - the Dutch lawyers acting for binary options provider Optionclub in the proceedings - discuss the complex situation in regards to binary options in the Netherlands and the need for the financial watchdog to begin actively regulating the market and taking action against illegal operators. / read more

France’s Bill for a Digital Republic includes developments relating to online gambling, including in regard to the sharing of poker liquidity and to the legal environment relating to eSports. Rhadamès Killy and Jean-François Vilotte of De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés discuss these developments relating to gambling within the Digital Republic Bill and share their criticisms in regards to the limited potential success to be gained from sharing liquidity and the stance being taken towards eSports, which they believe to be inconsistent with France’s gambling laws. / read more

Kibo, the (self-proclaimed) world’s first decentralised lottery using blockchain technology, recently launched an ‘initial coin offering’ to raise funds to develop its online platform. In light of this potentially revolutionary funding round, Ian McKenzie and Nick Johnson of international legal practice Osborne Clarke LLP discuss whether the use of blockchain technology might solve problems faced by online gambling sites, and what regulatory challenges may arise. / read more

I have been in this business since 1966, and one of the most frequent complaints from gamblers since time began has been the controversy of closed accounts or restrictions placed on gamblers who are frequent winners. / read more

Gowree Gokhale and Ranjana Adhikari, Co-heads of the Media, Entertainment and Gaming Practice, and Tanisha Khanna, Paralegal, at Nishith Desai Associates in Mumbai provide a broad overview of central lottery laws in India, in addition to looking closely at the legal challenge threatening the current position of online lotteries in Maharashtra. / read more

Skins gambling has had a turbulent summer. The combination of media heat, the wave of class action lawsuits and regulators becoming publicly involved has meant that the future of eSports gambling is currently in a state of flux. Isabel Davies, Legal & Business Analyst at video games and eSports law firm Purewal & Partners, looks at the recent developments in skins gambling and how the ramifications could be felt across the video games, eSports and YouTube industries. / read more

Bartosz Andruszaniec, Legal Advisor at Legal Tube, shares his criticisms of the proposed amendments to Poland’s gambling legislation and the likely impact if the amendments are brought into force. / 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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