Today’s News

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

Gaming in Spain Newsletter – Podemos seeks to impose restrictions on bookmakers, betting advertising …and more!

Gaming in Spain Newsletter – Podemos seeks to impose restrictions on bookmakers, betting advertising …and more!

Spanish regulators meet with industry at Gaming in Spain Conference

Meet with Spanish regulators

Just a bit over a month ahead of the closing of the current licensing window on December 17, attendees of the Gaming in Spain Conference will have one last opportunity to hear from and meet with local regulators.

Juan Espinosa García, Director General de Regulación del Juego, Ministerio de Hacienda y Función Pública, and Guillermo Olagüe Sánchez, Subdirector General de Regulación del Juego, DGOJ, will both address the expected impact of the third licensing window on Spain’s online market, as well as the country’s current regulatory outlook.

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Other speakers & key conference topics

Other confirmed speakers include:

  • Mikel López de Torre, President of Jdigital and Digital Director at Sportium
  • Santiago Asensi, Managing Partner at Asensi Abogados
  • Pedro López Martín-Andino, Managing Partner at MartínAndino Abogado
  • Pedro Fernández, Socio at Garrigues
  • Aurora Merino Salas, CEO of Asensi Technologies

Key conference topics are:

  • Market growth: organic growth and onboarding of gray market traffic
  • Tax reduction: now confirmed at 20% of GGR
  • Ceuta and Melilla: a reduced gambling tax rate for resident companies
  • New suppliers and new products (B2B and B2C)
  • Responsible Gaming awareness

New sponsors announced

We are proud to announce that several new strategic partners and sponsors have signed up to support the 2018 Gaming in Spain Conference.

We are extremely pleased that Betradar, leading supplier of sports betting data, Optima, provider of innovative gaming and betting software, as well as online trade association Jdigital have agreed to become strategic partners of the Gaming in Spain Conference.

We would also like to extend our thanks to our other sponsors: Asensi Abogados, BetConstruct, Betgenius, Ezugi, GameArt, Leaseweb, Microgaming, Mindway AI, Pentasia, R. Franco Digital, and Yggdrasil.

When & where

The fourth Gaming in Spain Conference will be held November 7-8, 2018 at Wanda Metropolitano, Madrid, the home stadium of Atlético Madrid FC and host venue of the 2019 UEFA Champions League Final.

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Gaming in Spain website now live

The Gaming in Spain website, containing regular news updates, guest blogs, and our monthly newsletter, is now live! Check it out here.

 

Spain to overhaul problem gambling approach

The Spanish Drug Addiction Council (Consejo Español de Drogodependencias) has introduced gambling harm as an issue to be addressed in the country’s Action Plan on Addictions 2018 – 2020 (Plan de Acción sobre Adicciones 2018 – 2020).

The involvement of Spain’s Drug Addiction Council in drafting problem gambling policy follows the decision of last February by the Council of Ministers to reclassify gambling-related harm as a “drug addiction without substance.”

The Council of Ministers has requested that the Drug Addiction Council rewrite Spain’s National Addiction Strategy 2017 – 2024 (of which the Action Plan on Addictions 2018 – 2020 is a part) to include problem gambling behavior.

Yesterday, the new strategy also gained approval from the Sectoral Conference on Drugs (Conferencia Sectorial sobre Drogas), a political decision-making body made up of members of various offices of Spain’s central government.

More than a billion euros is available until 2024 to implement Spain’s National Addiction Strategy.

 

Guest blog by Santiago Asensi on regulatory pressure in relation to blurred lines between gaming and gambling

Spanish gaming lawyer Santiago Asensi has written a commentary on the recent declaration by sixteen international gambling regulators (including the DGOJ) on the blurring of lines between gaming and gambling.

According to Asensi, the declaration illustrates that it is increasingly crucial for regulators to establish firm lines that help define gambling products and distinguish these from non-gambling products.

The full article is available here.

 

Artificial intelligence predicts problematic gambling behavior

Mindway, winner of Gaming in Holland’s Responsibility in Gaming Award for Industry Innovation of the Year 2018, has developed a method based on artificial intelligence (AI), that is able to evaluate online gambling behavior and to successfully predict the need for self-exclusion, limit setting, or other responsible gaming measures.

Mindway’s AI furthermore generates targeted and individualized conversation guides that can be used in reaching out to customers, either online or by helpline staff.

 

Spain provides large talent pool to iGaming entrepreneurs

Giuliano Lafirenza of leading iGaming Recruitment agency Pentasia provides an update on the Spanish gaming talent market:

“Gaming operators and suppliers hiring in Spain generally find a good range of strong candidates, sourced either within the region or further afield […] Barcelona and Madrid remain the top locations for gaming operations, and talent is clustered around these areas. […]

Challenges come in the form of the sector’s own expansion – through new licenses – and closely related industries – such as ecommerce, fintech, payments – which will undoubtedly increase competition for talent. The growth of Spain’s overall tech sector is clearly good for gaming, but employers will need to remain aware of new jobs which may appeal to             valuable staff.”

 

Upcoming events

The following events may be of interest to members of the Gaming in Spain community.

  • The Responsible Marketing For Gambling Operators Conference, which focuses on the changing regulatory landscapearound promotions, will take place on October 3, 2018, in London.
  • On October 16, Kindred Group will host the Sustainable Gambling Conferencein Stockholm, Sweden. The conference aims to highlight different perspectives on sustainable gamblingby bringing together stakeholders from the industry, academia, and regulators.
  • The Lisbon Affiliate Conferencewill take place on 17-20 October 2018and is expected to bring together the key stakeholders in the iGaming affiliate industry.
  • Clarion Gaming has launchedICE Sports Betting USA, a two-day event to be held in New York on 27 and 28 November, 2018.

 

Podemos seeks to impose restrictions on bookmakers, betting advertising

Political group Podemos has requested that the Spanish government introduce additional restrictions on bookmakers, including a higher level of taxation and a complete ban on sports betting advertising.

More traditional forms of gambling, such as the football pools and lotteries, would be exempt from these new restrictions.

A complete ban on sports betting advertising would cost the media an estimated €133m annually.

Juan Espinosa García, Director General de Regulación del Juego at the Ministry of the Treasury, spoke up in defense of the sector, claiming that regulated remote gaming offers an opportunity to identity and address problematic gambling behavior.

“Podemos’ proposal shows how much work we have ahead of us to communicate the reality of the regulated gambling sector to the general public and political stakeholders,” Mikel López de Torre, President of Jdigital added.

Podemos’ calls for new betting restrictions will also be an important topic at the upcoming Gaming in Spain Conference. Book your place here.

 

Other news

Sportium, the Spanish market joint venture of Grupo Cirsa and Ladbrokes, has announced that it has reached a milestone 3,000 active betting points within Spain.

 

Publishing its latest corporate update, Cirsa reports a 3.2% increase in group revenues to €359 million for Q2 2018.

 

Three Codere directors, including the company’s founders, refused to sign off the company’s H1 financial results in another flare up of its boardroom war.

 

Mikel López de Torre, Director of Digital Services at Sportium, was reelected as Chairman of trade association Jdigital.

 

Betsson’s Spanish brand has launched a new loyalty program that enables users to accumulate points that can be exchanged for bonuses.

 

Online betting and gaming operator Tempobet hasrenewed 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.

 

Russian bookmaker Fonbet has become an official partner for Spain’s La Liga on a three year deal.

 

Real Madrid and ManBetx have signed an agreement to make the company the club’s new regional betting partner across the majority of Asia.

 

Operator Wanabet has signed up to become the official betting partner of basketball team Movistar Estudiantes.

 

Following a deal between Sportium and France’s Pari Mutuel Urbain (PMU), Spanish horse racing fans are henceforth able to bet on French races.

 

Formula One has announced a sponsorship and data rights deal with sports marketing company Interregional Sports Group (ISG) that it said will enable the development of live in-play betting at Grand Prix.

 

Colombia’s gambling regulator issued its 13th and 14th online gaming licenses to Alfabet SAS and Teclino SAS, while the country’s 15th online gambling license was awarded to local subsidiary of Meridian Gaming.

 

Peruvian legislators have put forward a bill that would legalize online betting and gaming in the country.

 

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.

Read the Full Article Here – EGR Intel 

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”.

Read the Full Article Here – Jugarbien

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

Spanish sports betting revenues up 47% in Q2

Spanish sports betting revenues up 47% in Q2

55% rise in marketing spend fuels double-digit rises in all egaming verticals.

Spanish sports betting revenues rose by 46.7% year-on-year during the second quarter of 2018, according to new figures from the Dirección General de Ordenación del Juego (DGOJ). Sports betting revenues rose to €87.6m during the period, with pre-match betting rising by 32.7% during the quarter, rises which the regulator attributed to the FIFA World Cup…

Read the Full Article Here – EGR Compliance