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Online Gambling Lawyer

Volume: 16 Issue: 9
(September 2017)


News

The British Gambling Commission (‘GC’) announced on 31 August 2017 that 888 UK Limited is to pay a record penalty package of £7.8 million, resulting from its “serious failings” in respect of vulnerable customers. / read more

Sky Betting & Gaming (‘SB&G’) announced on 4 September 2017 that it will shut down its affiliate marketing programme, Affiliate Hub, by 2 October this year, with all commission and player referral arrangements with affiliates to come to an end by that date. SB&G credited its decision - which has surprised some in the industry - to being the result of “growing regulatory concerns” and because the Affiliate Hub was no longer viable from a business operations perspective. / read more


Features

With the current spate of cases, consultations and calls for evidence being put out by the Powers That Be, the UK’s gambling industry can be forgiven for thinking that there is a witch hunt out to get it. There certainly is very considerable activity on social responsibility and terms and conditions. Susanna FitzGerald QC, a Barrister at One Essex Court, explains why she suspects that there may well be further high profile cases hitting the headlines following BGO and 888, and that this current activity against the online gambling industry likely will not cease any time soon, but will only intensify. / read more

On 9 August 2017, the Interactive Gambling Amendment Bill 2016 (Cth) (‘IGA Bill’) was passed by the Australian Senate. After almost a year of drafting, discussion and debate in the Federal Parliament, the Interactive Gambling Amendment Act 2017 (Cth) (‘IGA Amendment Act’) came into force on 13 September 2017. Jamie Nettleton, Karina Chong and Nicola Austin of Addisons Lawyers, provide a breakdown of the new powers granted to the Australian Communications and Media Authority (‘ACMA’) by the IGA Amendment Act and what happens now. / read more

Since 1 August 2017 customers of UK-licensed gambling operators have been able to use Resolver, a free independent tool which allows complaints about operators to be made directly to the operator, with the consumer given assistance in structuring the complaint. In this article Richard Williams of Joelson analyses the introduction of Resolver for the gambling sector in the context of the statistics around gambling consumer complaints and regulatory interest in this area. / read more

While the past years have not brought significant changes to Austrian gaming legislation, there have been major developments in case law. Numerous recently decided and currently pending preliminary ruling procedures before the Court of Justice of the European Union (‘CJEU’) relate to the all important question of whether Austrian gambling law complies with EU market freedoms. Thomas Talos and Nicholas Aquilina of Brandl & Talos Attorneys at law in Vienna provide a recap on the recent developments. / read more

The Czech Ministry of Finance has recently published auxiliary legislation and guidelines following the coming into effect of the Czech Gambling Bill at the start of this year. The legislation includes a Decree in respect of specifics for gambling equipment, while the guidelines attempt to clarify a few matters not fully dealt with by the Gambling Bill, namely maximum hourly losses and the provision of bonuses, as Zdenek Beranek of Peterka & Partners explains. / read more

The Court of Justice of the European Union (‘CJEU’) has ruled that Hungary’s licensing framework for online gambling placed overly restrictive and unfair conditions on operators from other EU countries looking to enter the market, in a dispute between operator Unibet and Hungary’s gambling regulator, the Central National Treasury and Customs Authority. In particular, the CJEU found that Hungary’s licensing regime was not compatible with Article 56 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (‘TFEU’), which prevents EU Member States from disrupting cross-border trade and services. Dr Márton Domokos, Senior Counsel at CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP, explains the details of the case and the CJEU’s decision, and outlines the ways in which the verdict could influence the Hungarian gambling regime going forward. / read more

The Slovak Republic has passed new restrictive measures aimed at gambling games provided by foreign operators, in the shape of the Gambling Games Act, which became effective as of 1 July 2017. In this article, Pavel Nechala, Managing Partner of Nechala & Co, outlines the key instruments of this Act, and reflects on the changes in light of the mandatory principles guaranteed by the EU. / 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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