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Becky’s Affiliated: Tax relief in the Spanish market & more with Willem van Oort

Becky’s Affiliated: Tax relief in the Spanish market & more with Willem van Oort

With so many massive gaming events taking place around the world, at times its easy to lose sight of big news coming out of smaller and less-known jurisdictions. This is precisely why iGaming Consultant and conference organizer Willem van Oort puts on events such as Gaming in Spain as part of his portfolio.

Famous for his annual “Gaming in Holland” conference in Amsterdam each summer, van Oort also saw an opportunity in the maturing Spanish market and created “Gaming in Spain” to spread the good word.

On November 7-8, 2018, Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano (home stadium of Atlético Madrid FC and venue of the 2019 UEFA Champions League Final) will host this year’s event and tackle some of the biggest topics in the Spanish market today, such as tax reductions, potential advertising bans and blockchain technology.

“Apart from the fact that the market is maturing, showing some healthy growth, we’ve seen a few new regulations entering into force this June 1. The online gaming tax was actually reduced from 25 to 20 percent. That’s a big thing and that should have a big impact on the bottom line of the operators”, van Oort shared.

“Besides that, a lesser known fact in the Spanish province of Ceuta, across Gibraltar, if you base your iGaming company there, you get a say, 50% tax break.  This is how it almost looks”, he said.

“One, you only pay 10% instead of 20% on GGR and secondly you only pay half of the corporate tax, so 12.5 instead of 25%. Plus – and this is a big one for operators – there’s a reduced VAT on marketing spend. So, in mainland Spain that’s 21%, if you operate from Ceuta that’s 5%, so reduced GGR tax, reduced corporate tax and reduced VAT. That has a big impact on the gambling operators”, he added.

Another topic of discussion within the Spanish market is in regards to advertising and potential restrictions in the future. With Italy’s recent announcement of a complete ban of online gambling advertising, its not a surprise this subject is top-of-mind for European operators.

“It was headline news the last few weeks, it was an idea by a political party to restrict very abruptly the advertising. I don’t think that’s going to happen”, van Oort revealed.

“What we will see is a new royal decree enter into force, mind you that a royal decree was already in preparation for a few years, that restricts somehow in a responsible manner how companies can advertise and I think personally that will be sufficient to the demands of the political party”, he said.

“We will see, however, also more operators who are in the middle of a licensing period entering the market, so there will be more competition so everybody has to play by the rules, it will be an interesting, more dynamic period, the coming years”, he added.

van Oort also does a wonderful job of integrating more “general industry” topics into his events so delegates walk away with the bigger picture in addition to the region’s particulars. For example, Blockchain is a clearly huge topic of interest amongst the gambling industry and therefore van Oort has included a session with Rais Busom, CEO & founder of GamingBlock, at Gaming in Spain to cover how the iGaming industry can benefit from Blockchain tech.

“When the Rais Busom approached me about the gaming project he’s starting, I was quite interested”, van Oort shard.

“I’m a big fan of blockchain and Bitcoin technology. I think 5 years ago in Amsterdam we did that the first time. To be honest, I’m very curious to see how the presentation is and I’ve heard from several delegates that are very interested to see how it is going. So I’m curious as everybody else”, he said.

Despite the competition from iGaming conference organizing giants, van Oort has found a solid niche for his gaming events, which go hand-in-hand with his consulting business.

“My main job is to do consultancy for iGaming companies and doing this consulting you just come across a lot of topics that you feel the industry is not sharing, there could be better dialogue with regulators and ministries”, he said.

Specifically for Spain, I think there’s a disconnect between the international industry and Spain because there is cultural and language barriers, so we just try to fill that gap, bring a little bit more knowledge and networking to international as well as grow the industry. So we apply this to Spain next week in Madrid as well as Holland every year in June”, van Oort added.

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Ceuta offers game technicians to pay 0.5% of IPSI to attract them before Melilla or Malta

Ceuta offers game technicians to pay 0.5% of IPSI to attract them before Melilla or Malta

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El Gobierno de la Ciudad propone un tipo súper reducido para ganar toda la parte del pastel económico que pueda liberar el ‘Brexit’ de territorios como Gibraltar, con la que cree poder a generar hasta 4.000 empleos en la ciudad al margen de consideraciones éticas o inconvenientes políticos. Se considera que se tiene la infraestructura necesaria (dos cables más otros dos en ejecución) y se exigiría a las sociedades tener aquí más de la mitad de sus plantillas o de su masa salarial en España.

El Gobierno de Ceuta está dispuesto a hacer todo y más para que las empresas del juego on-line y las tecnológicas en general, singularmente las ligadas a las primeras, se asienten aquí y creen empleo, hasta 4.000 puestos de trabajo, se comenta entre los técnicos de Servicios Tributarios. Para conseguirlo está dispuesto a todo y más en la guerra fiscal que parece avecinarse entre los territorios que, como las ciudades autónomas o Malta, se postulan para repartirse el pastel que pueda liberar el ‘Brexit’.

Source: Read the Full Article Here – Ceuta

Will the online game reach 9-digit figures in the coming years?

Will the online game reach 9-digit figures in the coming years?

monedasbilleteseuroscoins001El mercado español es uno de los más importantes de Europa. Con 700 euros al año y por habitante gastos en juegos en línea, los españoles se muestran más interesados en este mercado que sus vecinos europeos. Esto obligó al gobierno a introducir una legislación específica en enero de 2012, la cual, una vez implementada, permitió que el número de apostadores disparara (de 200 mil a un millón).

Se podría decir que gracias, en parte, a la tecnología (el ascenso de las nuevas herramientas tecnológicas), la industria del juego en España se ha vuelto una ventana abierta a nuevas oportunidades de negocio, moviendo sumas de dinero que en algunos casos llegan a superar la riqueza generada por los sectores más tradicionales de cualquier economía nacional, como lo es el agrícola, por ejemplo.

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Spain set for clampdown on gambling ads

Spain set for clampdown on gambling ads

Gambling operators in Spain could soon face tougher advertising rules as the government looks to introduce restrictions similar to those placed on tobacco.

Various sources in the Spanish press have reported that the new regulations will form part of the 2019 Budget, which will be put to the European Union today (Monday).

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The Spanish media would lose 133 million euros in case of an advertising ban

The Spanish media would lose 133 million euros in case of an advertising ban


Bet365, 888Sport.es, Betfair, William Hill, Paf, Interwetten, Sportium, Bwin y Wanabet. Nombres habituales para quienes siguen las retransmisiones de los partidos de fútbol tanto en prensa digital, radio o televisión. Nombres que son familiares para espectadores y oyentes aunque no hayan jugado un euro en su vida. La culpa de esta saturación publicitaria la tienen los 133 millones de euros anuales que el juego destina a promocionarse.

Empresas que además pagan patrocinios a periodistas deportivos y que concentran casi la mitad de la publicidad que se emite en programas deportivos de radio como Tiempo de Juego de Cope o Carrusel Deportivo de Cadena Ser, según un informe del Consejo Audiovisual de Cataluña que además advierte que “los mensajes de estas casas de apuestas pueden aparecen incluso intercalados con los comentarios del partido como “consejos” de los locutores”.

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Tempobet renews away games ad deal with Real Madrid and Barcelona – Gaming Intelligence

Tempobet renews away games ad deal with Real Madrid and Barcelona – Gaming Intelligence

Online betting and gaming operator Tempobet has renewed its agreement with Spanish football giants Real Madrid and Barcelona to advertise at both clubs’ away league fixtures throughout the 2018/19 La Liga season.

The six-figure agreement will see the operator’s logo feature on pitch-side LED boards in television broadcasts throughout Latin America and Europe, excluding Spain.

Read the Full Article Here – Gaming Intelligence

Betsson launches loyalty programme in Spain | EGR Intel 

Betsson launches loyalty programme in Spain | EGR Intel 

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Betsson.es users can collect points on both casino and sportsbook and exchange them for bonuses.

Betsson’s Spanish brand has launched a new loyalty programme that enables users to accumulate points that can be exchanged for bonuses. Betsson Points, which translates to ‘programa de puntos’ on its Betsson.es domain, can be collected via both its casino and sportsbook products.

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DGOJ and other EU Regulators Statement: Declaration of gambling regulators on their concerns related to the blurring of lines between gambling and gaming

DGOJ and other EU Regulators Statement: Declaration of gambling regulators on their concerns related to the blurring of lines between gambling and gaming

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Global gambling regulators have teamed up to voice their concerns about skins gambling and loot boxes in video games.

Fifteen gambling regulators from across Europe, as well as Washington State Gambling Commission, have signed an agreement to work together to address the risks created by the blurring of lines between gaming and gambling.

Read the Full Article Here – Gambling Commision

DGOJ receives the IMGL Award in Prague

DGOJ receives the IMGL Award in Prague

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The Directorate General for the Regulation of Gambling, recognized as ‘Regulator of the European game of 2018’ by the IMGL association .

  • The award is a recognition of the activity of the Directorate General for the Regulation of Gambling

The IMGL (International Masters of Gaming Law) association has recognized the Directorate General of Gaming Regulation of the Ministry of Finance, in the person of its General Director, Juan Espinosa, as “European Game Controller of the year 2018”.

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Ceuta will require staff to be located for tax reduction to apply -Ceuta exigirá al online que traslade al personal para lograr la rebaja fiscal

Ceuta will require staff to be located for tax reduction to apply -Ceuta exigirá al online que traslade al personal para lograr la rebaja fiscal

The Government of Ceuta will demand that gambling companies transfer at least half of their staff to the autonomous city if they wish to benefit from the significant 50 percent tax reduction that has already come into effect for online gambling in this Spanish territory.

This has been reiterated by sources of the executive Ceuta consulted by the agency Europa Press, which have stressed that the approach is to require that “at least 50 percent of the company’s staff in Spain is based in the autonomous city” and that said personnel “account for at least half of the personnel costs in the country”

Read the Full Article Here – Gaming Intelligence in Spanish