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Gaming in Spain Newsletter -Spanish industry representatives join new responsible gaming advisory board …and more!

Gaming in Spain Newsletter -Spanish industry representatives join new responsible gaming advisory board …and more!

Looking back at a successful Gaming in Spain Conference

Over 150 delegates from 18 countries gathered in Madrid on November 8 to discuss the latest developments in the fast-growing Spanish gaming market at the 2018 Gaming in Spain Conference.

The following conference presentations were recorded and are now available on YouTube:

Photographs of the event can be viewed here.

 

Jdigital and Adigital release statement on the relation between online gaming and gambling addiction

Trade associations Jdigital, representing the Spanish online gaming industry, and Adigital, representing the interests of Spanish businesses active in the digital economy, have released a joint statement on the perceived relationship between online gaming and the growth of gambling addiction in the country.

The associations point out that online gaming generates only a small part (6%) of the revenues of the gaming sector as a whole. Furthermore, the number of problem gamblers in Spain is low – 0.3% of the population. Moreover, only a minority of problem gamblers (16.2%) wager online.

Likewise, it should be noted that online gaming advertising represents only 0.77% of total advertising investment in Spain in 2017, according to figures supplied by Infoadex.

“Therefore, we consider it unfair and wrong to point to online gaming as primarily or exclusively responsible for the issue of problem gambling,” the joint statement concludes.

 

Spanish online GGR up 30% in Q3

Spanish online GGR grew 29.86% year-on-year to €181.77m during Q3 2018, according to new figures released by the Dirección General de Ordenación del Juego (DGOJ).

Betting generated €97.65m in turnover (53.72% of total online quarterly GGR), a 27.41% increase year-on-year.

The casino vertical generated €60.85m (33.48%) and grew 39.19% y-o-y.

Poker revenues jumped 35% y-o-y to €19.8m (10.89%).

Total marketing spending during the quarter came to €75.85m, a 56.26% increase y-o-y.

The monthly average of active users during the third quarter was 812,007, up 30.71% compared to the same period in the previous year.

 

Online operators contribute €325m to European sports, sustain 33,000 EU jobs across 14 member states

European online gambling operators are contributing €325m to sports and employing 33,000 workers across the European Union, according to new data released by the European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA).

Maarten Haijer, Secretary General of EGBA:

“Europe’s online gambling sector is a growing and popular form of digital entertainment – but with this growth comes responsibility to ensure that people are kept safe while playing on online gambling websites. This new data shows EGBA members are at the forefront of             the sector’s development, interacting with millions of customers and processing nearly a million payment transactions each day.”

For additional key figures about the EU-28 online gambling market, see here.

 

Upcoming Events

The following events may be of interest to members of the GiS community.

 

Spanish industry representatives join new responsible gaming advisory board

Representatives from some of Spain’s leading gaming operators and suppliers will be part of a new advisory board that will help define the country’s responsible gaming strategy.

The Advisory Council on Responsible Gaming (Consejo Asesor del Juego Responsible – CAJR) was created in 2013, but without a formalized structure. Late last month, the tasks and structure of the CAJR were more closely defined by an order of the Spanish Minister of Finance.

The updated role of the CAJR will be to provide appropriate assistance, guidance and advice to Spanish regulator DGOJ in the formulation, monitoring and execution of its public policies regarding responsible gambling.

Among the 25 new members appointed to the CAJR are Sportium CEO Alberto Eljarrat, R. Franco vice president María José Gallardo, and Luckia’s legal counsel Francisco Feijoo. Also represented are social health and consumer rights advocates. The CAJR will be chaired by Juan Espinosa García, the president of the DGOJ.

“The working group represents all parties involved in the industry, and will allow the collection of points of views from all sides, with the aim of promoting responsible gaming,” Sportium CEO Eljarrat said.

 

Other news

Spanish regulator DGOJ has published an updated version of its strategy for supervising the Spanish gaming industry.

 

The Spanish government has proposed a €100,000 fine for offering unlicensed online gambling.

 

Following the publication of its Q3 2018 trading update in which the company posted year-to-date net losses of €55 million, Madrid-based operator Codere has witnessed its share price collapse, as sharp devaluation of Latin American currencies proved costly for the operator.

 

Playtech has partnered with Betclic and Unibet in France, and bet365, Betfair, Casino Barcelona and Sportium in Spain to launch its shared-liquidity iPoker network in France and Spain.

 

Betting service provider Sportium has entered into a partnership with the Apuesta Hípica y Deportiva Iberia (AHDI), the company that operates Seville’s Gran Hipódromo de Andalucía racetrack.

 

The online platform of Casino Barcelona has signed a content partnership with gaming solutions supplier Yggdrasil.

 

Gaming in Holland founder Willem van Oort discusses the latest regulatory developments in Spain and the “mild chaos” holding back the Dutch industry in the latest issue of Trafficology (pp. 23-24).

 

INFOGRAPHIC | Online operators contribute €325m to European sports, sustain 33,000 EU jobs across 14 member states

INFOGRAPHIC | Online operators contribute €325m to European sports, sustain 33,000 EU jobs across 14 member states

European online gambling operators are contributing €325m to sports and employing 33,000 workers across the European Union, according to new data released by the European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA).

EGBA members in 2017 had more than 12 million active customers, held licenses in 19 EU member states, processed 354 million online payments, contributed €325 million support to sports, and sustained 33,000 digital and high quality jobs in the EU across 14 member states, the Brussels-based industry group said.

Maarten Haijer, Secretary General of EGBA:

Europe’s online gambling sector is a growing and popular form of digital entertainment – but with this growth comes responsibility to ensure that people are kept safe while playing on online gambling websites. This new data shows EGBA members are at the forefront of the sector’s development, interacting with millions of customers and processing nearly a million payment transactions each day.

For additional key figures about the EU-28 online gambling market, see the infographic below.

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Gaming in Spain Conference to live stream internationally relevant sessions

  • 10:35-10:55 AM: “Spain as Seen from Brussels” – Maarten Haijer, Secretary General of the European Gaming and Betting Association
  • 12:20-12:40 PM: “Why Responsible Gaming Makes Business Sense” – Jesper Kärrbrink, CEO of Mr Green Ltd.
  • 1:40-2:00 PM: “Match-Fixing: from Detection to Sanctioning” – Jack Kennedy, Intelligence & Investigation Manager at Sportradar

This Thursday, November 8, three sessions that are relevant to a wider, intrnational audience will be live streamed from the convention floor of the Gaming in Spain Conference

Gaming in Spain Conference to live stream internationally relevant sessions

Gaming in Spain Conference to live stream internationally relevant sessions

This Thursday, November 8, three sessions that are relevant to a wider, international audience will be live streamed from the convention floor of the Gaming in Spain Conference.

The live streams will be available from Gaming in Spain’s homepage: www.gaminginspain.com.

The following sessions will be part of the live stream (all times are CET; actual start and ending times may differ slightly):

  1. 10:35-10:55 AM: “Spain as Seen from Brussels” – Maarten Haijer, Secretary General of the European Gaming and Betting Association
    Mr Haijer’s keynote speech will address the importance of regulated gaming with regards to player protection, national tax income, sports funding, and regulatory compliance.
  2. 12:20-12:40 PM: “Why Responsible Gaming Makes Business Sense” – Jesper Kärrbrink, CEO of Mr Green Ltd.
    Growing concerns regarding problem gambling and the protection of minors have led to increasing regulatory pressure in several European jurisdictions. In this session, Jesper Kärrbrink, CEO of well-known gaming operator Mr Green, will explain how and why greater attention to responsible gaming also makes sense from a business perspective.
  3. 1:40-2:00 PM: “Match-Fixing: from Detection to Sanctioning” – Jack Kennedy, Intelligence & Investigation Manager at Sportradar
    Match-fixing not only offers a fundamental threat to the long-term viability of sports, but can also be extremely costly to bookmakers. Close and systematic collaboration between operators and sports integrity services providers is therefore of paramount importance.

Don’t miss it! Tune in at www.gaminginspain.com.

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.

Read the Full Article Here- CalvinAyre.com

Gaming in Spain Newsletter – “Number of minors who manage to gamble online is negligible” …and more!

Mr Green CEO to speak at Gaming in Spain Conference

Jesper Kärrbrink, CEO of Mr Green Ltd., has confirmed his attendance at the upcoming Gaming in Spain Conference.

Mr Kärrbrink will give a presentation on “Why responsible gaming makes business sense.”

Ceuta officials to offer first-hand details on favorable local tax regime

Additionally, officials representing the Spanish autonomous city Ceuta will attend the GiS Conference to provide a detailed explanation of the significant new tax breaks that are available to iGaming companies based in the North African enclave.

Located only 20 kilometers from the Spanish mainland, Ceuta is an excellent base of operations for iGaming companies looking to profit from a special tax regime. With a number of important new tax breaks in place, the city has the potential to become an attractive alternative to post-Brexit Gibraltar.

The following officials have confirmed their attendance:

  • Guillermo Martínez, Senator (Partido Popular) representing Ceuta
  • Enrique Reyes, General Manager at Ceuta’s Revenue Service (Organismo Autónomo Servicios Tributario de Ceuta)
  • Emilio Fernández, Director of Legal Services at Organismo Autónomo Servicios Tributario de Ceuta

Full agenda now available

The event’s agenda is now available on the conference website.

When & where

The 2018 Gaming in Spain Conference will be held November 7-8, 2018, at Wanda Metropolitano, Madrid.

Includes behind-the-scenes stadium tour

Registered conference attendants will be offered the opportunity to participate in a behind-the-scenes stadium tour of Wanda Metropolitano, host venue of the 2019 UEFA Champions League Final, followed by business drinks and a networking dinner.

Exclusive offer for Jdigital members

Jdigital members receive an exclusive 15% discount on standard price tickets if they register through this link. Please note: this offer is strictly limited to current members of Jdigital.

 

Spanish government: no plans for absolute prohibition of gambling advertising

Spain’s Finance Minister María Jesús Montero announced that the government would “soon”release specific details on its forthcoming online gambling advertising restrictions.

Montero further claimed that the government had no plans to impose an “absolute prohibition of publicity” like the kind recently imposed in Italy, as gambling is “a legal activity regulated by the government.”

However, gambling advertising would be restricted to “environments where it does not harm consumption.”

Specifically, this would mean that gambling advertising would be banned from airing during periods in which minors would be likely to be watching or listening and during live sports events. Role models, i.e., celebrities and star athletes, would also be barred from participating in gambling marketing.

Earlier, the current minority PSOE government and opposition party Podemos struck a budget deal stating that gambling operators in Spain would soon face severe advertising restrictions “similar to those placed on tobacco.”

Although the introduction of a near prohibition of gambling advertising could have a significant impact on Spain’s gaming market, there are still several major political and legal roadblocks ahead for the government’s proposal, local experts told Gaming in Spain.

 

Upcoming events

The following events may be of interest to members of the GiS community.

  • Join EGR Global’s Breakfast Briefing on “Changing the culture around gambling – consumer and industry behaviours” on 2 November in London.
  • The 2018 Gaming in Spain Conference, which takes place 7-8 November, in Madrid, is your single stop to stay informed of the increasingly attractive opportunities offered by the booming Spanish online gaming market. Click here to register.
  • Clarion Gaming has launched ICE Sports Betting USA, a two-day event to be held in New York on 27 and 28 November, 2018.

 

“Number of minors who manage to gamble online is negligible”

Despite abundant reporting in the Spanish media about children who are supposedly gambling online, the number of minors who actually manage to do so is “negligible,” according to Cecilia Pastor, Subdirectora General de Inspección del Juego at Spanish regulator DGOJ.

“There is no cause for alarm,” Pastor added.

Nonetheless, the DGOJ is further tightening up player registration procedures.

According to new rules that will soon be implemented, players whose identity has not yet been positively verified with the help of documentary evidence will only be able to deposit up to 150 euros and play games, but will not be able to withdraw any funds.

The full interview with Pastor is available here.

 

Other news

The regulators of Austria, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Portugal and Spain agreed to deepen their cooperation with respect to online payment processors who provide services to unlicensed gambling providers.

 

Spanish gambling regulator DGOJ has launched a mobile app to make it easier for people struggling with gambling addiction to self-exclude from betting services in the country.

 

The DGOJ invites all stakeholders in the gambling sector to participate in a public consultation on the recently published draft law to prevent fiscal fraud.

 

In a bid to compete with post-Brexit Gibraltar and even Malta, the autonomous city of Ceuta has been proposing a number of additional local tax breaks to lure iGaming firms to the North African enclave.

 

Casino Gran Madrid has signed an agreement with R. Franco Digital to integrate their games into its online casino platform.

 

Casino Barcelona’s online platform CasinoBarcelona.es launched a multi-channel advertising campaign to promote its recently added online sports betting section.

 

Portugal has issued online sports betting and casino licenses to Spanish gaming operator Luckia.

 

Bwin has sharpened its focus on Spanish-speaking markets with a new casino content deal with Spanish developer MGA.

 

Betsson has revamped the design of its Spanish website to improve user experience, especially for mobile devices.

 

Gaming tech supplier OPTIMA has won the Cloud Systems Management award at the Oracle Innovation Excellence Awards 2018.

 

According to some estimates, Spanish gambling operators could earn more than $1 billion in annual gross revenues by 2023.

 

Working alongside Spanish gambling regulator DGOJ, La Liga’s integrity unit has reported 39 suspicious betting alerts during the 2017/18 Spanish football season, which resulted in nine criminal court cases prosecuting match-fixing offenses.

 

Perform Content signed a four-year contract to market the streaming rights of Spanish La Liga football matches to betting operators.

 

Four European casino operators, including Grupo CIRSA, contend that Andorra’s recently concluded casino tender has been marred by grave irregularities.

 

In this video, GamblingCompliance’s Managing Editor, Joe Ewens, runs through the recent changes in gambling advertising regulation across Europe and what this will mean for key jurisdictions such as Italy, the UK and Sweden.

 

Several Spanish court have ruled that punters may use gambling losses to limit their tax liability on their winnings.

 

The Community of Madrid seeks to reinforce physical access controls to gaming halls.

 

Portugal’s government has scrapped its recently announced plans to impose a new 25% flat tax on online gambling revenue.

 

Major UK expo organizer Clarion Gaming has released a new code of conduct disallowing “partial or total nudity or overtly sexual or suggestive clothing or marketing methods” at its trade shows.

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.

Read the Full Article Here – Sector Gambling

Spanish government: no plans for absolute prohibition of gambling advertising

On Wednesday, Spanish Finance Minister María Jesús Montero announced that the government would soon release specific details on its forthcoming online gambling advertising restrictions.

Montero further claimed that the government had no plans to impose an “absolute prohibition of publicity” like the kind recently imposed in Italy, as gambling is “a legal activity regulated by the government.”

However, gambling advertising would be restricted to “environments where it does not harm consumption.”

Specifically, this would mean that gambling advertising would be banned from airing during periods in which minors would be likely to be watching or listening and during live sports events. Role models, i.e., celebrities and star athletes, would also be barred from participating in gambling marketing.

Last week, the current minority PSOE government and opposition party Podemos struck a budget deal stating that gambling operators in Spain would soon face severe advertising restrictions “similar to those placed on tobacco.”

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).

Read the Full Article Here – iGaming Business