There’s no sugar coating the fact: 2019 was an incredibly difficult year for the gambling industry. The sector has a long way to go if it is to restore the trust of lawmakers and the general public across a number of territories. However, this should be viewed as an opportunity. The current climate creates scope for significant structural changes, which can ensure a sustainable sector going forward. For this reason the overarching theme of the magazine is: where next?
Dutch gambling regulator the Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) has issued a warning to consumers over participating in ‘dipping’ lottery games on Facebook, saying that such activities are not legal in the country.
Online gambling revenue in Portugal amounted to €65.4m (£55.6m/$72.3m) in the fourth quarter of 2019, with national gambling regulator Serviço Regulação e Inspeção de Jogos do Turismo de Portugal (SRIJ) noting growth across all areas of the market.
In today’s fireside chat, Harald Neumann, CEO of Novomatic AG, was speaking about the importance of regulation within the gaming industry but warned that an all out ban on specific platforms wasn’t the solution.