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New EGBA Report: Personalised Safer Gambling Communication Sees Massive Growth in 2021

New report by European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) highlights the growth of personalised and targeted safer gambling communications sent to customers in 2021. The report also highlights key sustainability highlights from the past year and data points from its members. It also includes a section dedicated to social responsibility initiatives.
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EGBA: 50% of customers using at least one safer gambling tool

38 million safer gambling communications were sent to users in 2021. Personalised and targeted messages accounted for more than 20 million of the total. The industry contributed €499m to European sports during the period. The European online gambling associations platform continues to grow. In April, the EGBA warned of “significant differences” in problem gambling measurements between European countries. It also warned that it is difficult to compare the measures between countries and the problem with which the industry is concerned.
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European Safer Gambling Week Ramps Up Impact In Second Year

The European Safer Gambling Week was held from 17 to 23 October. It was organised by a group of European online gambling associations. There were 24 events organised and safer gambling messages shared on social media across 17 EU member states. The week achieved 1.5 million impressions. Four webinars were held, bringing together more than 600 stakeholders. The initiative was established by EGBA in 2021. Maarten Haijer, Secretary General, is delighted with the second edition.
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Regulated markets and responsible gambling are inseparable

Operators in regulated markets must implement responsible gambling and social responsibility measures across the board. Curaçao recently announced plans to reform its gambling legislation to include player safety guidelines for its operators. The biggest UK operators have already implemented affordability checks and other responsible measures and these are already impacting their revenues. When the White Paper on UK gambling reform is published and signed into law, all UK-licensed operators will have to abide by the new legislation.
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Tipwin and Mybet join Mernov as Germany’s only online slots licensees

Tipwin and Mybet are allowed to offer online slots in Germany. They join Mernov, which is associated with the Gauselmann Group, as the only licensees. The Fourth State Treaty on Gambling came into effect in July 2021. It has a number of conditions, including a €1 stake limit for slots and a 5.3% of turnover in tax. Danish gambling regulator Spillemyndigheden reported Tipwin to the police for violating the country’s Money Laundering Act.
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European Safer Gambling Week to be organized by 13 gambling associations including EGBA and BGC in October

The European Gaming and Betting Association confirmed Thursday that the second edition of the European Safer Gambling Week (ESGW) will take place on 17-23 October 2022. The first edition took place in 2021. ESGW is an annual cross-industry initiative to promote safer gambling in Europe. It is organized by 13 European online gambling associations. It will build upon the record-breaking Safers Gambling Week 2021, which saw an increase in the use of safer betting tools.
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EGBA backs Irish legislative report calling on Govt. to create specific regulations for gambling

The European Gaming and Betting Association welcomes the Justice Committee's report on the Government's General Scheme of the Gambling Regulation Bill. The report includes recommendations for the government to consider in its final deliberations on Bill, presented last year. It recommends that incoming gambling authority should publish regular data about the country’s gambling market and that regulator-established codes of conduct should apply to all gambling operators. Ireland is currently one of two European Union countries without specific, dedicated regulations for online gambling.
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Online casinos are one of the fastest growing sectors in entertainment. The industry has seen significant growth year on year. This growth is mainly due to the popularity of games that are played.
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EU Sees Major Gambling Brands Ads Halved on IPR-Infringing Sites in 2021

EU's Intellection Property Office (EUIPO) has found that major gambling brands' advertising on IPR-infringing websites and apps has decreased by 55% in 2021. The European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) welcomes the reduction. In terms of mobile apps, gambling accounted for less than 1% of advertising impressions for apps. EGBA has worked closely with the European Commission and various cross-industry stakeholders to limit I PR-Infringering online advertising. It is still necessary to ensure that all gambling sector's advertising does not support Ipr- infringing content.
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Europe’s gambling revenues expected to grow 7.5% in 2021, down 13% on pre-pandemic levels

Europe's gambling revenues expected to grow 7.5% in 2021, but it's down 13% on pre-pandemic levels. Europe's land-based gambling revenue is down by 32% compared to 2019 levels, due to the Covid-19 pandemic-related restrictions. Mobile betting is taking over the online gambling market. Online gambling will reach 41% of Europe’s total gambling Revenue by 2026. The share of bets from mobile devices will account for the majority of all online bets for first time.
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Europe’s gambling revenues will increase 7.5% in 2021, but down significantly on pre-pandemic levels

Europe's gambling revenues will increase 7.5% in 2021, but down on pre-pandemic levels. Europe's land-based gambling revenue is down by 32% compared to 2019 levels, due to the Covid-19 pandemic-related restrictions. Mobile betting is taking over the online gambling market. Online gambling is expected to grow 9% yearly and reach 41% of Europe’s total gambling Revenue by 2026. EU-27 and UK members account for 36% of the global online betting revenue.
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2021 Europe Gambling Revenue to Rise 7.5%, Says EGBA

EGBA expects Europe's gambling revenue to increase by 7.5% to €87.2bn ($98.6bn) in 2021. COVID-19 restrictions hitting the land-based gambling sector was the major contributing factor. The good news comes from the online sector, which is predicted to rise by 19% this year to $41.1bn GGR.
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EGBA on Finland’s Missed Opportunity For Overdue Gambling Reform

The Finnish parliament approved a proposal to introduce payment blockings for online gambling. The government justifies the PSP blocking on consumer protection grounds, but critics argue it will restrict consumer freedoms and choice. Finland is the only EU member state which still has an exclusive online betting monopoly model. EGBA members are established, licensed, and regulated in most EU states. They would welcome the opportunity to apply for a license, be regulated, pay taxes in Finland. They are still prevented from doing so by the country’s current gambling laws.
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Finnish parliament passes gambling reforms at first reading

Finnish parliament passes gambling reforms at first reading. Reforms include introduction of payment blocking for any operators other than monopoly Veikkaus. Marketing regulations would change with the revised Lottery Act. Advertising of gambling games deemed harmful would be banned. The bill will now need to be approved in the second reading before it can be sent to the president to become law. Maarten Haijer, secretary general of the European Gaming and Betting Association, criticised payment blockings as an effort to prop up Veikkas' monopoly.
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New Study: Ten EU Member States Strengthened Consumer Protection Rules for Online Gambling Since 2018, But Significant Fragmentation and Gaps Remain

Ten EU Member States have strengthened their consumer protection rules for online gambling since 2018. However, significant gaps remain in how these rules are implemented. 16 Member states have established a national self-exclusion register for Online Gambling. Not all Member State have rules which prohibit gambling advertising being sent to those who are self excluded. The study is an update to a previous study published by CUL in 2018 and commissioned by the European Gaming and Betting Association. It was aimed at raising awareness about the level of consumer Protection offered to EU citizens in respect to online Gambling.
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New Study: Ten EU Member States Strengthened Consumer Protection Rules for Online Gambling Since 2018, But Significant Fragmentation and Gaps Remain
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EGBA Welcomes Progress on Irish Gambling Regulations

The European Gaming and Betting Association welcomes the Irish government's proposals to establish a regulatory authority and a national self-exclusion register for gambling. The association is concerned about the possibility of a blanket ban on free bets. Ireland is one of the two remaining countries in Europe with no dedicated regulation of online gambling, and the association hopes to share its experiences with other European jurisdictions. It is expected to take at least 12 months to finalise the legislation.
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It's a yes: EGBA welcomes new regulatory proposal for online gambling in Ireland

The European Gaming and Betting Association welcomes the publication of the General Scheme of Gambling Regulation Bill. The Bill aims to modernise the regulation of gambling and online gambling in Ireland. There are rumours of a potential ban on free bets. EGBA is concerned about the circulating rumours. The association is one of two remaining countries in Europe that does not have dedicated regulations for online betting. It is worried that a ban could steer gamers to alternative gambling websites. Maarten Haijer, EBB's Secretary-General, welcomes this opportunity.
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EGBA calls for widest support of European Safer Gambling Week

Inaugural European Safer Gambling Week is from 1-7 November. The week will be dedicated to promoting safer gambling across Europe’s regulated online gambling markets. It will coincide with the established campaigns in the UK and Ireland. The event is supported by the EGBA trade body members of AOJND (Romania), APAJO (Portugal), BAGO (Belgium), BGC (UK), iGen (Malta), IBA (Ireland), Jdigital (Spain), LIAB (Latvia) and NOGA (The Netherlands).
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The Gambling Regulations in Europe

The European Gaming and Betting Association is the most cohesive European voice developing continent-wide legislation. It was founded in 2007 in Brussels and has been crucial in setting policies ever since. The organization was formed to foster a fair, competitive, and regulated market for various online gambling companies.
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Safer gambling in focus at the Sustainable Gambling Conference

Kindred Group hosts the Sustainable Gambling Conference for the sixth consecutive year. The theme of the 2021 conference is "Safer gambling: a shared responsibility". International renowned speakers will share their knowledge. Regulators from Sweden, Malta, France and Denmark will participate in a panel discussion about the role of a regulator. Ryan Pitcher and Christopher Gilham, co-hosts of All Bets Are Off, will moderate one of panel discussions. The conference started six years ago when Kindred joined forces with the local treatment centre in Malta.
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Online gaming separation confirmed by Belgian court

The Constitutional Court of Belgium has affirmed an earlier ruling to annul a section of the nation’s Gambling Act of 1999. It prohibits local-licensed iGaming operators from offering sportsbetting and online casino games via the same domain.
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Flutter joins European Gaming and Betting Association to promote safer gambling

Flutter Entertainment has joined the European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA). Flutter is one of the largest online gambling operators in the world with net gaming revenue of over €5.9 billion (USD $6.97 billion) in 2020. The CEOs of EGBA's member companies recently issued a joint commitment to take the lead in fostering a stronger culture of safer gambling in Europe. The association is determined to ensure Europe's online betting sector is more united and coordinated.
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Veikkaus to open redundancy discussions with 830 staff

The most affected division of Veikkaus will be its channels and sales team. The terms of the employment contracts with around 330 employees may change substantially. Veikaus has taken a number of consumer protection measures this year. The European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) ended 2020 with a call to the Finnish government to ‘fix’ its gambling policy. A survey in 2019 found that a slight majority of Finnish citizens are in favour of abolishing the current regulatory framework for gambling.
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EGBA cites industry progress on safer gambling duties

EGBA has released its annual sustainability report. 75% of customers have at least one safer gambling tool activated on their online betting accounts. 2.8 million personalised communications were sent to customers about their gambling behaviour with the aim of promoting safer betting.  Maarten Haijer, secretary-general of the EGBA, said the report is encouraging. He supports the industry's efforts to be accountable and transparent.
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EGBA commits to increased safer gambling in new Sustainability Report

EGBA's CEOs commit to increase safer gambling efforts across Europe's online gambling sector. In the body's first-ever annual Sustainability Report, members commit greater deployment of safer tools and increased communications. In 2020, 75% of customers have at least one safer tool activated on their online betting accounts. 14.2 million generic communications were sent to promote safer betting and 2.8 million personalised communications sent. Voluntary contributions to European sport through sponsorships and sports streaming rights payments totalled €408 million ($481.30 million) in 2020.
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Germany Approves Controversial iGaming Tax Bill, Takes Effect From July 1

The new German state treaty on gambling was approved by the Finance Committee this week. Online casino stakeholders opposed the bill as it was unfair to the iGaming market. The main point of contention in the new bill is that it looks to impose a 5.3 percent betting tax on online casino and online poker games. This 5% tax will apply to both licensed and unlicensed gaming operators. The new regulations come into play from July 1, 2021. Top i gaming companies claim the regulations are hurting their bottom line.
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EGBA supports calls to re-establish EU Expert Group on Gambling

Gambling regulators from 14 EU Member States want the EU Expert Group on Gambling to be re-established. The Expert group was disbanded by the Commission in 2018. It provided a platform for gambling regulators to exchange information and work on initiatives. The European Gaming & Betting Association supports the move. They want to encourage and support more common and joined-up approaches towards regulating Europe’s gambling markets.
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EGBA supports request to re-establish EU Expert Group on gambling

EGBA supports request to re-establish EU Expert Group on gambling. European Gaming and Betting Association (EGba) believes formal and structured regulatory cooperation between EU Member States is even more important to help protect European consumers. Europe's gambling market is worth more than $118.7 billion each year. There is currently no formal framework for regulatory Cooperation at the EU level. The Expert group was disbanded by the Commission in 2018 despite most gambling regulators considering it to be a success. Maarten Haijer, Secretary-General, EGBA stated that there is no EU framework to communicate and tackle the big issues affecting Europe’s online gambling sector.
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EGBA calls for European Commission to bring back Expert Group on Gambling

EGBA members from 14 EU states have written to European Commissioner Thierry Breton about the issue. They want to establish a more coordinated approach to regulating a European gambling market estimated to be worth €100bn per year. The inaugural Expert Group on Gambling was disbanded in 2018. It was used as a forum to share information and best practices for market regulation.
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EGBA Expresses Concerns over Italy’s New Proposals for Online Gambling Licensing

EGBA has contacted the Italian gambling authority to express its concerns over the new tender for online gambling concessions. The tender proposal would reduce the current limit of 120 online betting licensees to 40 and increase licensing fees to at least €2.5 million from 2023. It would also be determined through an auction process rather than through a fixed licensing fee. If the tender goes through, it could make it more attractive for players in Italy to play online with unregulated operators. The European Commission will scrutinise the proposal. EGBA believes it will weaken the viability of the regulated and licensed online gaming market in favour of unlicensed operators who can easily be found online by players.
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EGBA Urges Germany to Reconsider Online Casino Tax Proposal

EGBA warns against introducing a 5.3% tax on online poker and slots stakes in Germany. It is against the aim of the new online gambling regulations to direct customers into a regulated market. According to a new player survey, 49% of German players would switch to unregulated websites. The survey suggests that the tax advantage for land-based operators would be as high as €290m (£250m) a year in Bavaria alone.
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Brexit deal still brings data flow concerns for online gambling companies, EGBA warns

European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) warns that current Brexit arrangements carry operational and business concerns for the online gambling sector. On 24 December, the EU and UK agreed to a post-Brexit trade deal. However, EGBA says the terms and conditions fall short of safeguarding online betting. There is an interim agreement to continue data transfers between the two jurisdictions, but it expires in less than 6 months' time.
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EGBA Urges Finland to Fix its Gambling Policy

EGBA urges Finland to end its gambling monopoly. It is the only EU member state that still has a gambling monopolistic. Public opinion is shifting in favour of an end to the monopoly, as evidenced by a 2019 survey. The majority of Finns gamble on international betting websites. They offer better returns, higher winnings and a wider selection of products. They pay their taxes elsewhere. Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and the Netherlands have already introduced open-licensing for online gambling. Finland should do the same.
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