Europe

UK: Ads on social media for e-sports betting come under the microscope

Continuing their focus on the online gambling sector during lockdown, the UK Committees of Advertising Practice (CAP) have published an Advice Note to all GB-licensed gambling operators in relation to ads on social media for eSports betting. The advice makes it clear that eSports betting-related advertising must comply with the rules which apply to other …

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Spain: First insights on the Draft Royal Decree on Gambling Advertising.

Authors: Paula González de Castejón & Elisa Lorenzo. As indicated in our previous entry in this blog, the Spanish Government has presented today the new Draft Royal Decree on Gambling Advertising in a press conference where the main measures contained on the said draft have been announced. The Spanish Ministry of Consumer Protection Affairs (Mr. …

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Spain: Online gambling advertising, what’s coming next.

Authors: Paula González de Castejón and Elisa Lorenzo  As previously mentioned in this blog, the only piece of regulation of advertising of online gambling activities in force in Spain is by now a Self of Conduct Code that was approved in 2012. This code, which has been updated recently, has been accepted by most of …

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Spanish Supreme court ruling: VAT on advertising services provided to non-EU gaming operators

Author: Alberto Lobato The Spanish Supreme Court has recently ruled against a Spanish entity of a well-known gambling operator, sentencing to pay over 980,000 euros of VAT accrued on advertising services provided to a Gibraltarian entity of the group. In its judgement, the Supreme court analyses whether or not advertising and marketing services provided by …

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Spain: Tips for drafting gambling operators TT&CC

Author: Elisa Lorenzo The Spanish Gambling Regulator (the “General Directorate for Gambling Affairs” or “DGOJ”) has recently published some guidelines containing very useful recommendations for the drafting of the terms and conditions (TT&CC) which online gambling operators licensed in Spain should apply while dealing with Spanish customers, and defining the main principles, criteria and practices …

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Ukraine is making another attempt to legalize gambling

Ukraine is making yet another attempt to legalize gambling after its complete ban in 2009. After it was announced by the President of Ukraine Mr. Volodymyr Zelenskyi earlier in 2019 about his intention to revert back gambling in Ukraine on legal basis, the Government of Ukraine has prepared and submitted to the Ukrainian Parliament a …

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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 …

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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 …

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Renewal of online casino licences in Schleswig-Holstein

The governing coalition of Schleswig-Holstein has signed a draft law that is intended to renew the online casino licences that have recently expired. This draft law is one step further than the draft of an amendment to the German State Treaty on Gambling that will only allow new sports betting licences but sticks to the ban on online casinos. …

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New sports betting licences in Germany

The draft of an amendment to the German State Treaty on Gambling has been published. The amendment is intended to allow issuing new (online and offline) sports betting licences. This includes:

  • Extending the so-called experimental phase for sports betting from 30 June 2019 to 30 June 2021 with the possibility to extend up to 30 June 2024.
  • Removing the quota system for sports betting licences to allow issuing more than just 20 licences.
  • Entry into force on 1 January 2020 if all participating German states ratify the treaty until 31 December 2019.

Finland: Finnish Competition Authority to conduct an extensive assessment on the legitimacy of the Finnish state operated gambling monopoly in 2019

As for background, Finland has traditionally had one of the most stringent gambling regimes in the EU with a legal monopoly in place under the Lottery Act (2001/1047). The legal monopoly for the execution and marketing of physical and remote games resides with Veikkaus Oy Ab, a legal entity owned fully by the Finnish government. …

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