SPAIN: NEWS ON THE ONLINE GAMBLING ADVERTISING CODE OF CONDUCT

Authors: Elisa Lorenzo and Lucia Signes. On 14 November 2019, a proposal to amend the Self-regulation Code of Conduct on Commercial Communications for Online Gambling Activities has been agreed by the Self-Regulation Code of Conduct Joint Monitoring Commission (Comisión Mixta de Seguimiento del Código de Conducta sobre Comunicaciones Comerciales de las Actividades de Juego) which will enter into force for all adherent members on 15 January 2020. The updated Spanish version is available here. Particularly, …

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The Netherlands – KSA publishes further conditions for online licenses

The Dutch Gambling Authority (“KSA“) has published new information on the conditions that need to be met in order to obtain a licence for online games of chance (available in Dutch here). We also note that the KSA has indicated that it will organize workshops for potential applicants for a remote gambling licence. In these workshops, further information and details about technical requirements will be provided. Dates of the workshops are to be announced at …

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New changes to Russian gambling rules signal continued development of online gambling

Recent changes in law have solidified the emerging legal framework for online betting in Russia. Solid legal ground Since 2006, Russian law categorically prohibited any online or distance gambling in any form. The prohibition was made without exception. In 2014, however, a curious concept was introduced – the “Interactive Bet” with regard to bookmaking and totalizators. The description of the Interactive Bet was initially vague and poorly understood. Some understood the Interactive Bet to mean …

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Ceuta&Melilla: requirements for reduced gambling tax rates

Authors: Alberto Lobato & Elisa Lorenzo  With the aim to promote gambling companies to be based in the Spanish Territory – particularly in the territories of Ceuta and Melilla-, the Spanish Government introduced an amendment to the Spanish Gambling Law (Law 13/2011 on gambling activities) in 2018 establishing a 50 percent reduction in the applicable gambling tax rates (except for Sport Betting organized at a State level) for operators with tax residence and actually established …

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DLA Piper obtains a landmark decision against fee charging for commercial gaming brokerage licences

DLA Piper has successfully obtained a landmark decision against the German state of Lower Saxony before the Administrative Court of Berlin. The court stated that the legal basis for the charging of fees for commercial gaming brokerage licences in Germany is ineffective (judgement of 26 June 2019, case number VG 4 K 207.17).

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2020: New sports betting licences in Germany

Beginning in January 2020, new remote and land-based sports betting licences will be granted in Germany. The competent gambling authority of Hesse has already published the minimum licensing requirements that need to be fulfilled to qualify for a licence. Sports betting operators who wish to receive a licence can prepare the necessary documents for the application now.

The attached newsletter gives an overview over the licensing procedure. We have also published an unofficial translation of the minimum licensing requirements and its annexes.

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the Netherlands – Highest fine by KSA

Today, the Dutch Gambling Authority (Kansspelautoriteit or “KSA”) announced it has imposed a fine of EUR 470,000 on Trannel International Limited This is the highest fine ever imposed to a single entity by the KSA up until now. The KSA decided that the operator offers online gambling targeted at the Dutch market through its .eu website. The offering included inter alia online casino games and sports betting. In its decision, the KSA stated that the operator violated …

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Key takeaways from Hesse’s informational meeting on sports betting licenses in Germany

On 13 August 2019 the competent gambling licensing authority of Hesse, the Darmstadt Regional Council, held an informational meeting on the upcoming 2020 sports betting licensing procedure in Germany. This was an opportunity for stakeholders in the sports betting industry in Germany to discuss questions about the recently published minimum licensing requirements directly with the authority. DLA Piper attended this meeting and here are our key takeaways:

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Getting The Deal Through – Gaming: Gambling regulation in Germany (2019)

Dr. Michael Stulz-Herrnstadt and Christoph Engelmann have published the chapter on gambling regulation in Germany in the second edition of Gaming in the Getting The Deal Through series. This chapter provides an overview of the laws and regulations that apply to gaming companies in Germany. Topics include: licensed and unlicensed gambling, licensing requirements for land-based and remote gambling, advertising restrictions and current developments affecting gaming operators. You may download the complete chapter here. This article …

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The Netherlands – KSA imposes another fine

Today, the Dutch Gambling Authority (Kansspelautoriteit or “KSA”) announced it has imposed a fine of EUR 350,000 on a Gibraltarian operator. The KSA decided that the operator offers online gambling targeted at the Dutch market through its .com website. In its decision, the KSA stated that the operator violated the rules in 2018 and 2019. More in particular, the following circumstances were taken into account by the KSA (some of which are included in the …

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The Netherlands: Draft Ministerial regulation published for public consultation

Yesterday, 24 July 2019, the Minister for Legal Protection published his draft ministerial regulation remote gambling (“RRG”) for public consultation. The RRG concerns the implementation of the Remote Gambling Act and the Remote Gambling Decree. Feedback and comments can be provided until 18 September 2019.   Background Where the Remote Gambling Act is a formal (framework) law, the Remote Gambling Decree is a General Administrative Order (Algemene Maatregel van Bestuur or AMvB) containing material subject matters …

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Spain: No more betting on events participated by minors

The protection of minors has always been one of the main concerns of the Spanish online gambling regulator (the “Dirección General de Ordenación del Juego” or “DGOJ“). In this respect, the DGOJ has just approved a resolution prohibiting the possibility to offer bets on games participated – mainly or exclusively – by minors. This resolution – which has been published on the Spanish Official Gazette and enters into force today (July 23, 2019)- has been approved after giving interested parties the possibility to file comments to the draft resolution published on June this year.

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The Netherlands: KSA shuts down advertising on 23 affiliate marketing websites

The KSA announced today that it investigated 44 Affiliate marketing websites. Out of these 44 websites, the KSA found advertising for online gambling on 26 websites. 20 websites removed advertising for online gambling after notification by the KSA, three websites only did so after the KSA threatened to impose penalties on them and three other websites are still under investigation. Earlier actions in 2016 and 2017 led to 17 websites ceasing their online gambling advertising. …

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