In the second part of iGaming Business' rundown of the year to date's most popular news stories, we see that viewers were particularly interested in US developments, while regulatory progress in Germany also attracted a lot of hits.
A Swedish Administrative Court has rejected a request from Ninja Casino operator Global Gaming to have the decision to revoke its operating licence suspended while it appeals the decision taken by the country’s gambling regulator.
Swedish gambling regulator Spelinspektionen has issued United Lottery Solutions with an official warning and financial penalty of SEK700,000 (£52,423/€65,492/$73,304) after ruling the Lottoland operator breached national laws on lottery betting.
The UK’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has warned William Hill and Flutter Entertainment to refine how their advertising targeting strategies, after promotions for each operator appeared in an app seen as being of particular appeal to minors.
The English Football Association (FA) has fined former England and Manchester United footballer Paul Scholes £8,000 (€8,995/$10,079) after finding him guilty of breaching its rules regarding betting on football.
Half the year has now passed, with the year dominated by advertising crackdowns, new regulatory restrictions and signs that long-awaited market openings may finally be moving into view. iGaming Business looks at the biggest stories from the first six months of 2019, and examines their impact on the igaming industry.
Tom Watson, deputy leader of the Labour Party, has revealed plans to establish a gambling ombudsman to oversee the national industry and renewed calls for igaming operators to reapply for their licences.
The UK’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) is becoming increasingly strict in how it enforces a ban on sportspeople under 25 years of age being featured in gambling advertising. This should make operators think twice about how they advertise, especially around football, says Tom Edmonds of Northridge Law.
Swedish gambling regulator Spelinspektionen has revoked Global Gaming's operating licence after discovering “serious deficiencies” in business practices, including failings related to responsible gambling and anti-money laundering measures.
Netherlands gambling regulator Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) has revealed that 79 operators have expressed an interest in applying for an online gaming licence in the country ahead of the market’s scheduled opening on January 1, 2021.
Following the news that its Swedish operating licence had been revoked, Global Gaming has pledged to fight the decision. Earlier today Swedish regulator Spelinspektionen cited significant failings in the operator's social responsiblity and anti-money laundering controls as grounds for removing the certification.