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Paula Gonzalez

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Name: Paula Gonzalez
Date registered: May 7, 2013

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  1. Spain: International liquidity for Poker finally approved — January 15, 2018
  2. SPAIN: Re-opening of the market — December 18, 2017
  3. Spain: new developments on gambling advertisement — December 5, 2017
  4. Spain: New draft Royal Decree on gambling advertising — December 1, 2017
  5. Announcement of re-opening of the Spanish online gambling market — September 21, 2017

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Spain: International liquidity for Poker finally approved

On 29 December 2017, the General Directorate for the Regulation of Gambling Activities (Dirección General de Ordenación del Juego – the “DGOJ”) announced on its website the signature by the General Director of the DGOJ of the Resolution by which the liquidity sharing between licensed online poker operators is authorised (the “Resolution”).

Today, 15 January 2018, the Resolution has been published in the Spanish Official Gazette and, consequently, from now on gambling operators with a Singular License for poker will be entitled to offer tables and tournaments involving users from the jurisdictions that have signed the Agreement concerning online poker liquidity sharing signed in Rome on 6 July 2017, under the terms established by such jurisdictions.

Following France’s steps, Spain is finally allowing the liquidity sharing between licensed online poker operators. This is certainly a very attractive opportunity for gambling operators who actually offer or who, in the light of the new call for tender, want to offer poker in Spain. On top of this, we will have to wait until the effective implementation of the liquidity sharing in order to see if this scenario could be extended to other online games.

SPAIN: Re-opening of the market

On Saturday it has been published in the Spanish Official Gazette the resolution launching the call for tender for obtaining new general licenses for exploiting gambling activities in Spain. Singular and general licenses can be applied simultaneously.

As anticipated in a previous blog entry, this means that within the next one (1) year, interested parties can apply for obtaining new general licenses. Consequently, the deadline for submitting the corresponding applications will be 17 December 2018.

Once the licenses applications have been filed, the DGOJ will have a maximum time period of 6 months to review the applications and if applicable, issue the resolution granting the licenses on a provisional basis. Once the licenses have been granted on a provisional basis, operators will be allowed to go live.

Spain: new developments on gambling advertisement

Following the announcement of the publication of the draft Royal Decree regulating gambling advertising activities, we hereby highlight some of the main developments therein included:

1) Commercial communications related to bingo may be offered outside the allocated slot times established in Law 7/2010 of General Audiovisual Communications provided that (i) such commercial communications exclusively refer to bingo, (ii) the website’ URL published in the commercial communications exclusively has information related to bingo, and (iii) the operator platform duly separates the access to bingo from the access to other gambling games.

2) Commercial communications must include (i) a warning message stating that minors cannot participate in gambling activities and (ii) a warning message promoting responsible gaming. These warnings shall be displayed in the following way: (a) in case of commercial communications displayed through static means, these warnings shall be clearly visible; (b) in case of commercial communications displayed through dynamic or audio-visual means, these warnings shall appear at the end of the commercial communication for at least two seconds and shall ensure the proper perception of the message; and (c) in case of commercial communications displayed through radio media services, these warnings shall appear on at least one out of three commercial communications carried out successively by the same operator.

3) Social networks shall make available to its users filtering mechanisms allowing them to prevent receiving gambling commercial communications. In addition, these commercial communications may not be published through or addressed to profiles corresponding to minors.

4) The participation of well-known public figures on commercial communications is prohibited if their participation can be extremely attractive to minors. Apart from that specific scenario, well-known public figures may participate in commercial communications as long as such figure meets the requirements of sending a warning message promoting responsible gaming and stating that minors cannot participate in gambling activities.

It shall be noted that this preliminary draft Royal Decree is still subject to the public consultation stage, in consequence, the DGOJ invites all interested parties to make their contributions via e-mail dgoj.sgregulacion@minhafp.es, with the deadline for receipt of contributions being 12 January 2018.

Spain: New draft Royal Decree on gambling advertising

The DGOJ has just published a new draft version of the Royal Decree regulating gambling advertisement activities. Two years ago another draft was published but it was finally not passed due to certain changes on the Spanish authorities.

This new preliminary draft, even though is still subject to the public consultation stage, aims to ensure an adequate level of protection for gambling consumers, both in advertising and in gambling practices, as well as for other vulnerable groups like minors.

Within the public consultation phase that it has been opened now, the DGOJ invites all interested parties to make their contributions via e-mail dgoj.sgregulacion@minhafp.es, with the deadline for receipt of contributions being 12 January.

Announcement of re-opening of the Spanish online gambling market

As anticipated in a previous blog entrance dated on 12 September, the DGOJ has just published in its website the draft call for tender.

As a main difference from previous call for tenders, is seems that the time frame for operators to file their licenses applications will be of one (1) year from the publication of the call for tender in the Official Gazette (it has not been published yet) instead of one (1) month. Nonetheless, the maximum time frame for the the DGOJ to resolve on the granting of the licenses will remain the same, that is to say six (6) months from the date the application was submitted.

In this sense, the sooner a license application is submitted the sooner said license could be obtained and therefore the game operated. The rest of the applicable requirements are very similar to the ones applied during the previous two call for tenders. We will keep you updated on this process.

Possible re-opening of the Spanish online gambling market

The Spanish authorities could be considering publishing a new call for tender by the end of 2017.

Taking into account the following factors, the online gambling market could benefit soon from a new call for tender;

1.- Time elapsed since the previous license-call
The second call for tender was published on October 31, 2015. Therefore, it has been more than 18 months since the last call and therefore, interested parties were allowed to request the promotion of a new procedure for applying for online gambling licenses.

2.- Positive development of the Spanish online gambling market
The figures and statistics arising from the 1Q 2017 on the online gambling market in Spain.

3.- Interest showed by international operators in the Spanish online gambling market.
International operators have showed their interest in entering into the Spanish gambling market ensuring therefore the need of a re-opening of the market.

All of the above seems to indicate that we would be facing the third procedure for applying for Spanish online gambling licenses most likely by the end of 2017.

Spain: 2016 Q2 Report now available

The Spanish General Directorate of Gaming (“DGOJ”) has published the 2Q Report analyzing the online gaming Spanish market covering the period April-June 2016 (“Report“).

The increase of the amounts played as well as the decrease of the Gross Gaming Revenue (meaning the amounts used for the game, deducting net bonuses and prizes satisfied by operators to participants) seems to be the most important conclusions of the Report. Regarding the number of players, the report concludes that there has been an increase of registered users. In connection with the amounts played in each type of game, the Report highlights its improvement in Betting and Casino while the amounts played in Bingo, Poker and Competitions have slightly decrease.

In any case, the total amount engaged in Betting continues to be the most important figure, followed by Casino, Poker, Bingo and Competitions.

Spain: the DGOJ publishes the 2015 Annual Report

The Spanish General Directorate for the Regulation of Gaming Activities (“DGOJ”) has just published through its website the 2015 Annual Report. This document summarizes the activity of the Spanish gambling market during 2015. Relevant information with regard to the development of the Spanish Market, sanctioning procedures, new licenses granted or draft advertising regulation is herein contained.

From the information contained in the 2015 Annual Report, the following information should be highlighted: (i) during 2015 the Spanish gambling market has grown by 11,57% compared to 2014; (ii) as a result of the re-opening of the Spanish online gambling market on 2014, 25 new general licenses were granted by the during 2015, as well as several singular licenses for the new categories of games regulated such as slots and exchange betting; (iii) the DGOJ launched new relevant projects such as the jugarBIEN.es website for the promotion of responsible gaming, and (iv) the draft Royal Decree regulating commercial communications and responsible gaming has been prepared, pending now to be passed by the Spanish Government.

Spain: 2016 Q1 Report now available

It has been published by the Spanish Gaming Authorities (Dirección General de Ordenación del Juego– “DGOJ the 1Q 2016 Report on the Development of Spanish Online Gaming Market, ( “2016 1st Quarterly Report”).

From the review of said report the following data shall be highlighted:

  • The amounts plays reach €2,661.83 million, being therefore increased by 9.56% over the last quarter of 2015 and 33.46% over the first quarter of 2015.
  • The Gross Gaming Revenue ( “GGR”) for the first quarter of 2016 amounted to €102.32 million, increasing 7.97% over the last quarter of 2015 and 32.15% over the first quarter of 2015.
  • The total amount of deposits during the quarter under review reached the figure of €271.17 million, which represents an increase of 12.02% over the last quarter of 2015, and 39.98% over the first quarter of 2015.
  • The total amount of withdrawals made by users reaches the figure of almost €171.54 million, increasing 8.90% over the previous quarter and 42.40% over the first quarter of 2015.
  • The amounts spend by operators in advertising during the first quarter of 2016 amounted to €32.71 million, representing an increase of 40.53% over the last quarter of 2015 and an increase of 46.06% over the first quarter of 2015.
  • The awards amounted to €2,559.51 million, increasing 9.62% over the previous quarter and 33.51% over the first quarter of 2015.

You can see the full text of the 1st Quarterly Report 2016 by clicking here.

Spain: The DGOJ publishes its 2015 Q4 Report

The Spanish General Directorate for the Regulation of Gaming Activities (“DGOJ”) has just published through its website the 2015 Q4 Report. This document summarizes the activity of the Spanish regulated online market during last quarter of 2015 (October-December). Relevant information with regard to the amounts played, number of participants or advertising issued is herein contained.

Spain: online players’ profile

The Spanish online gambling authorities have published the first edition of a report analyzing the Spanish Online Player’s Profile (“Report“). Read the rest of this entry »

Spain: the DGOJ publishes the 2014 Annual Report

The Spanish General Directorate for the Regulation of Gaming Activities (“DGOJ”) has just published through its website the 2014 Annual Report. This document summarizes the activity of the Spanish regulated online market during 2014. Relevant information with regards to the development of new regulations, sanctioning procedures, new licenses granted or advertising regulation is herein contained. We will be publishing a new post summarizing the most relevant issues contained in this document.

SPAIN: Results of the second call for tender

As already announced in our previous blog post, the General Directorate of Gaming (“DGOJ”) has post today (2 June 2015) a communication with information in connection with the results of the second call for tender and the granting of gambling licenses. In particular, the DGOJ has published a list with (i) the name of the provisional 10 new operators in the Spanish gambling market; and (ii) the name of 6 other operators which have provisionally obtained a general gambling license.

However, the DGOJ does not mention in its communication (i) the name of two of the operators which request was rejected for failing to meet any of the requirements; (ii) the applications that remain in process; and/ or (iii) the singular licenses provisionally granted under this second call for tender. In this sense, it is important to highlight that gambling operators can start from tomorrow, 3 June 2015,  offering games in connection with the provisionally licenses granted today, which will surely produce a reactivation of the Spanish gambling market.

SPAIN: New online gaming licenses granted today

The General Directorate of Gaming (“DGOJ”) has just granted today, 2 June 2015, the gambling licenses. The decision has been communicated to the gambling operators through an e-mail sent to the representative for notification purposes with a link to the DGOJ’s electronic site. Operators just have to log-in in their electronic accounts to know if the requested licenses have been granted.

As a result of this first call for tender, that took place in early June 2012, 53 operators were legally entitled to offer their games according to the new Spanish regulatory framework. We assume that the DGOJ will post more information in connection with the results of the second call for tender and the granting of gambling licenses but, until then, we will have to wait to have a picture of the present Spanish regulated market.

Spain: Tutorial on Responsible Gaming

Due to the next granting of gambling licenses on next 2 June, the Spanish General Directorate for the Regulation of Gaming Activities (DGOJ) has published on its website jugarbien.es a promotional video for Responsible Gaming. The DGOJ is aware that, with the granting of licenses, new game types are launched (such as slots) and has therefore posted a video explaining the main aspects to be considered  for configuring a gambling session.

SPAIN: On 2 June 2015 operators will finally obtain their new online licenses

The DGOJ (Spanish General Directorate for the Regulation of Gaming Activities) has announced through its website that on 2 June 2015 the decision in connection with the granting of gambling licenses will be published.

As already mentioned in our previous blog post, on 31 October 2015 the second call for tender was launched in Spain. Since then, the DGOJ has been requesting information from gambling operators and inviting them to rectify the information provided as well as the technical issues detected in order to comply with the Spanish Gambling legislation. Finally, we have known today that the DGOJ will notify gambling operators which will finally obtain their licenses for exploiting gambling activities in Spain. It is important to highlight that on the second call for tender, 19 gambling operators have presented in total 27 requests for general gambling licenses (12 of the aforementioned gambling operators had never previously obtain a general license granted by the DGOJ) and a total of 33 for singular gambling licenses.

We will have to wait until 2 June 2015 to know which gambling operators have successfully obtained their licenses in the second call for tender.

Spain: Guidelines for biennial audits

The DGOJ (Spanish General Directorate for the Regulation of Gaming Activities) has published today through its website the Guidelines on the biennial audit for online licensed operators’ technical systems. Note that this will be the first time that operators which obtained their licenses back in June 2012 will have to carry out this biennial audit on their technical systems, being therefore the Guidelines published today of great importance for those licensed operators.

Operators will have a time period of six (6) months since there technical systems were homologated to carry out this biennial technical audit. Therefore operators which obtained their licenses on a provisional basis on June 2012 and there technical systems were afterwards homologated on April 2013 will have a six (6) month time period, starting now on April 2015 to submit to the DGOJ the biennial audit report.

The two documents published today are (i) the Guidelines containing the technical and operative instructions on how to develop this technical biennial audit, as well as format andminimun content of the audit report, and (ii) an Excel document containing the list of functionality requirements that shall be verified.

Draft Spanish Royal Decree on gambling advertising activities

Today it has been published by the Spanish Gambling Authorities (Dirección General de Ordenación el Juego– “DGOJ”) the draft version of the Royal Decree on gambling advertising activities.

This draft Spanish Royal Decree will be subject to public comments until next 17 April 2015, therefore operators or interested parties within the industry are entitled to provide the DGOJ with their comments until 17 April 2015. You will be able to find the Spanish version of this Draft Spanish Royal Decree here.

Spain: The Senate promotes the regulations of online gaming advertising

By: Paula González de Castejón

The long awaited Spanish Regulation on Responsible Advertising and  Online Gambling is currently undergoing a legislative process. All the political groups present in the Spanish Senate have recently brought a joint motion in order to request the Spanish Government to immediately start processing said Regulation. Read the rest of this entry »