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The Swiss people have voted in favour of banning foreign-based gambling sites, which could prompt other countries follow suit As well.

For starters, Switzerland had proposed to ban foreign-based gambling sites with a new Gambling Act. In line with the countries law, a citizens’ referendum was held on June 10, 2018, for its approval or rejection. In the referendum, 72.9 per cent of Swiss voters supported the new gambling law – in other words, an overwhelming majority of the people were with banning offshore gambling websites. As a result, from next year onwards, only Swiss-certified casinos and gambling companies will be able to operate in the country – both offline and online.

Passed on September 29, 2017, the Swiss Money Gaming Act substitutes the existing gambling law which deals with casino games and betting lotteries. Under the new Act, the overall ban on online gambling is abolished. However, the only licensed land-based casinos in Switzerland can run gambling websites for the people in the country. Essentially, the Act bans foreign-based gambling sites.

The government maintains that the Act will help deal with gambling addiction as well as allow taxation on gambling revenues. The taxes collected from gambling revenues will be used for anti-gambling purposes, the government insists. On the other hand, not everyone supports the Act. According to Mobile Casino Hub, the changes introduced by the Act will “censor the internet”.

 

The Opposition Opines

The Young Liberals, the Green Party, the Pirate Party and the Digitale Gesellschaft all backed a petition for changes in the June referendum. Organisations had 100 days from October 2017 to gather 50,000 signatures, which would allow changing the referendum. Despite that opponents managed to gather all necessary signatures, however, they did not do so in schedule, and so the referendum remained unchanged.

According to the Young Liberals, the Swiss economy will be affected by these changes. In a statement posted on the party’s website, representatives said that the block of foreign sites in favour of domestic companies is not reasonable. Additionally, the freedom of business and information will also be affected after the law is enforced.

Young Liberals criticised the government’s decision, saying they set a “dangerous precedent” which allows for a further limitation of the Internet. All the act does, opposing organisations say, is removing unwanted competition.

In the end, Young Liberals proposed an alternative, which they dubbed a “sensible solution” – foreign-based betting sites should be regulated and subject to taxation.

 

Enforcement of the Swiss Money Gaming Act

Enforced next year, the law will be one of the most severe laws in Europe. While it will enable online betting, the law will ban all foreign-based gambling sites. The Act introduces other changes in gambling – it changes the legislation of poker tournaments outside casinos and even tackles non-taxable wins from games outside casinos.

Under the Act, small-scale poker tournaments outside of casinos are no longer illegal. However, they will be limited in terms of buyin and amount of participants. Additionally, small-scale poker tournaments are subject to a license.

The most controversial element of the Act—the ban of foreign-based sites—was heavily disputed over the past several months, with opposing organisations saying it puts a limit on the freedom of the Internet and interferes with personal rights. Despite severe criticism, the government maintains that such measures are necessary to protect Swiss players from unregulated gambling on foreign sites.

 

Help Fight Gambling Addition

Swiss players spend nearly 250 million Swiss francs on unregulated betting sites abroad, paying nothing to the Swiss government. With the enforcement of the Act in 2019, this “hemorrhaging” will be stopped. The government has said that not only will taxes from gambling revenues be used for anti-gambling purposes, but they also will be used to fund anti-addiction programmes.

 

Will Other Countries Follow Suit?

An important question emerges after the Swiss decision to ban foreign-based gambling sites – will other countries follow suit?

Currently, the UK government is trying to deal with problem gambling. Despite that UK has a self-exclusion scheme; it has been failing for years due to the liberal gambling market, which allows all sorts of gambling operators to offer services on UK ground.

Nevertheless, Norway is currently pushing for a ban on all foreign-based gaming companies. Several Norway organisations pushed for legislation that will block foreign betting operators, grant extended authority to the Lottery Authority, etc.

Essentially, these measures will block all sites belonging to foreign-based operators, creating a poker ban (Norsk Tipping—Norway’s national lottery and future gambling monopoly—does not offer poker). The proposed measures were accepted on May 7, 2018, and are likely to be adopted soon.

 

Source: techfinancials.co.za


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Nektan builds on B2B momentum with Dench partnership

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Nektan plc the fast-growing international gaming technology platform and services provider, has boosted its global reach and commercial partnership network after securing a deal with turnkey gaming platform, Dench eGaming Solutions.

As part of the agreement, Nektan will aggregate its premium casino content to Dench’s operator network via E-Lite, Nektan’s content distribution platform.

Dench partners will significantly expand their casino offering with direct access to more than 800 HTML5-developed slots and table games from the industry’s leading providers, available across all desktop and mobile devices.

This latest partnership further strengthens Nektan’s B2B division and highlights the growing appeal of its B2B E-Lite platform from global tier one operators to platform providers alike.

Dench specialises in providing a turnkey gaming platform, white label services and real-time marketing automation solutions for the iGaming industry. It focuses on customer bonusing, rewards and engagement.

Jane Ryan, Chief Operating Officer of B2B at Nektan, said: “We’re delighted to be delivering our B2B E-Lite platform to Dench eGaming Solutions. This latest commercial agreement will allow us to grow our international scale even further, while providing Dench customers with access to a growing portfolio that is brimming with premium content.

“Nektan’s B2B division is enjoying significant growth at present thanks to our proprietary technology and ease of access to world-class casino content. We look forward to announcing more commercial contracts over the coming months as demand builds for our services.”

Dobromir Mitev, Chief Executive of Dench, said: “We’re really excited to be working alongside Nektan, allowing our client base to instantly enhance their casino offering with the addition of such a diverse range of games, to suit all tastes and preferences.

“Nektan shares similar values to ourselves, with our company mission to bring the next generation of casino game experiences to operators through strong and reliable technology.”

 


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Inaugural Casino Marketing Boot Camp A Success

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The inaugural Casino Marketing Boot Camp, held March 10-12, 2019 in Winter Park, Colorado, was a success, and plans are already in the works to hold a second event in 2020.

 

“Our small group size allowed us to deliver one-on-one consultation-level attention to each participant,” said Julia Carcamo, president of New Orleans-based marketing agency J Carcamo & Associates, and co-founder of Boot Camp. “We were able to share casino industry knowledge as well as insights from leaders in the fields of strategic thinking, learning, and business management of seasonal business.”

Held over two days, participants participated in interactive sessions from dynamic speakers such as Len Hernstein, CEO of ManageCamp; Josh LeDuff, EMPATHIQ chief strategy officer; and Jeff Klem, co-founder of Adventures in Leading.

“I feel like I came into this training knowing nothing about Marketing and came out with just enough information to be ‘dangerous’,” said participant Martha George-Sachava, manager-in-training, Suquamish Clearwater Casino Resort.

“We gathered a group of casino marketers from across the country and provided them with content relevant to their day-to-day business along with the opportunity to share their challenges and best practices,” said Nicole Barker, Boot Camp co-founder and loyalty program/database analytics marketing consultant with Relationship Marketing Solutions Inc. “They left ready to implement what they learned.”

Outside of the working sessions, participants and session leaders continued the discussion while exploring the local sights of their host community with a whiskey tasting and tour at Idlewild Distillery.

“I think this (conference) would be good for my managers up to the director-level,” said Jennifer Johnson, vice president – loyalty marketing, Foxwoods Casino.

Sarah Barten, chief communications manager, Grand Casino Mille Lacs furthered, “I valued making connections with this small intimate group. Our challenges are similar to the ones other casinos face. We were able to delve into our casino database and identify areas where our players are falling through the cracks. A big takeaway for me was the brand framework we built that will help us as we rebrand our casino.”

 

The 2020 Casino Marketing Boot Camp is scheduled for March 2020 in New Orleans, LA. More information is available at www.casinomarketingbootcamp.com


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IAGR2019: Gaming regulators securing industry integrity, vibrancy and innovation

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The International Association of Gaming Regulators (IAGR) has announced the official speaker line-up and program for its annual conference, IAGR2019, to be held in Montego Bay, Jamaica from 30 September to 3 October 2019.

IAGR’s President Trude Felde said that the annual conference is the key event for gaming regulators and industry stakeholders on the crowded calendar of gambling conferences.

‘IAGR2019 is an unrivalled opportunity for delegates to connect with and hear from senior gaming regulators and leading researchers and experts and access the latest international insights on emerging trends and issues and help shape regulatory approaches,’ Ms Felde said.

Titled “Regulating the game”, the 2019 event will focus on how best practice in gaming regulation can foster a secure, vibrant, innovative, safe and responsible industry.

‘We’re really excited to announce the details of our four-day program for IAGR2019, which follows our hugely successful call for speakers,’ said Ms Felde.

‘We’ll be delivering a thought-provoking mix of key note speakers, expert analysis and panel discussions on everything from responsible gambling and behavioural insights to the role of AI and big data in gaming regulation.’

Other key themes to be explored at IAGR2019 include:

  • risk and crisis prevention, and response
  • responsive regulation theory and practice
  • strategic interviewing and detecting deception
  • cyber security
  • blockchain and gaming
  • behavioural insights that impact gaming regulation
  • the future of responsible gambling
  • sportsbetting integrity and match fixing.

The full-program is now available to view.

Ms Felde said, ‘We also look forward to working with our hosts in Jamaica – the Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Commission and Casino Gaming Commission – in putting on a fantastic event for the international regulatory community and industry stakeholders.’

Mr Vitus Evans, Executive Director of the Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Commission, said, ‘We’re delighted to be hosting the world’s leading regulatory minds here Jamaica this year – it’s a great opportunity to engage with our peers in other jurisdictions.’

‘The impressive speaker line-up with provide valuable insights for all international regulators, particularly those in the Caribbean that are developing or refining their regulatory approaches.’

Ms Felde added, ‘As part of IAGR’s conference launch it has released special early bird rates for members and non-members, so if you’re interested in attending book now to take advantage of this discounted offer.’

To register or to find out more about the program, fees and hotel bookings for IAGR2019 visit IAGR’s website.


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