Gambling News 19th January, 2017

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GAMES DEVELOPER YGGDRASIL PLANS ITALIAN MARKET ENTRY

19th January, 2017 at 15:47:39
First batch of games to be certified for Italian market during Q2 2017

In a press statement Thursday online gambling games developer Yggdrasil Gaming announced that it has begun the process of certifying its games and platform in compliance with Italian technical requirements, with 11 of the supplier's popular titles initially set to go live in the market in Q2 2017.

Full Story: Games Developer Yggdrasil Plans Italian Market Entry »

A.S.A. RELEASES LIST OF 2016'S MOST CONTROVERSIAL ADVERTS

19th January, 2017 at 15:47:39
No surprises, Paddy Power appears in the Top Ten....twice!

Paddy Power's penchant for advertisements that cause a stir saw the betting company mentioned twice in the Top Ten most controversial adverts of 2016 released by the Advertising Standards Authority in the UK Thursday.

Full Story: A.s.a. Releases List Of 2016's Most Controversial Adverts »

SAFECHARGE REPORTS NEW RECORD IN TRADING UPDATE

19th January, 2017 at 15:47:39
Q4-2016 saw record transaction processing volumes and revenues.

Online e-cash processing firm Safecharge, where Playtech's Teddy Sagi is a majority shareholder, released a trading update on its Q4-2016 performance Thursday, flagging record transaction processing volumes and revenues.

Full Story: Safecharge Reports New Record In Trading Update »

BOYLESPORTS IN EXPANSION MODE

19th January, 2017 at 15:47:39
Irish bookmaker acquires nine more betting shops.

The Irish bookmaking company Boylesports has furthered its expansion ambitions with the agreed acquisition of nine retail betting shops from independent bookmaker Bambury for an undisclosed consideration; the transaction now awaits the approval of the Irish competition authority.

Full Story: Boylesports In Expansion Mode »

BETSSON TAKES ON NEW LIVE DEALER SUPPLIER

19th January, 2017 at 15:47:39
Extreme Live is a Novomatic subsidiary.

Extreme Live Gaming, a subsidiary of the Novomatic Interactive group, has announced a live dealer product deal with the Betsson online gambling group, with an initial launch planned for Betsson.com, followed by other brands in the Swedish group's portfolio.

Full Story: Betsson Takes On New Live Dealer Supplier »

INDIAN ENTERRTAINMENT ENTREPRENEUR PLANS E-SPORTS LEAGUE

19th January, 2017 at 15:47:39
UCypher will see 10 teams competing in eSports tournaments.

Indian entertainment and media entrepreneur Ronnie Screwvala has announced the formation of UCypher, an eSports tournament in which ten teams will compete.

Full Story: Indian Enterrtainment Entrepreneur Plans E-sports League »

QUICKSPIN MOBILE GAMES NOW AVAILABLE TO DANISH ONLINE PUNTERS

19th January, 2017 at 15:47:39
New content deal sees games live at Vera&John.dk.

Mobile HTML5 games from the Swedish developer Quickspin are now available in Denmark for the first time after going live on Vera&John.dk.

Full Story: Quickspin Mobile Games Now Available To Danish Online Punters »

IT LOOKS AS IF GIBRALTAR MAY BE OUT OF LUCK IN ITS U.K. GAMING TAX CHALLENGE (Update)

19th January, 2017 at 15:47:39
European Judge Advocate's opinion is that Britain and Gibraltar must be classed as one EU member state.

Gibraltar's challenge to the UK 15 percent point-of-consumption tax on online gambling operator revenues has already failed in the UK High Court (see previous 2014 InfoPowa reports), and it looks as if it may be rejected by the European Court of Justice too.

Full Story: It Looks As If Gibraltar May Be Out Of Luck In Its U.k. Gaming Tax Challenge (update) »

DAFABET AND PLAY'N GO MAIN SPONSORS FOR NEXT FIRE AND ICE PARTY

19th January, 2017 at 08:52:03
Sixteenth F&I bash will have a mystical theme.

The annual Fire and Ice bash put together by Lyceum Media around the same time as the ICE show in London, has announced that this year's (sixteenth) outing will be mainly sponsored by online operator Dafabet and games developer Play'n GO.

Full Story: Dafabet And Play'n Go Main Sponsors For Next Fire And Ice Party »

MACAU VISITATION NUMBERS UP IN 2016

19th January, 2017 at 08:52:03
Marginal year-on-year rise as almost 31 million visitors land on the gambling island.

Figures released this week by the Macau Government Tourism Office show that the number of visitors to the gambling island of Macau rose 0.08 percent y-o-y in 2016 to 30.95 million.

Full Story: Macau Visitation Numbers Up In 2016 »

MAJOR POLICE RAIDS IN TAIWAN SHUTTER ILLEGAL ONLINE GAMBLING RINGS

19th January, 2017 at 08:52:03
Almost 6,000 police officers in nation-wide anti-gambling sweep.

News of massive police actions across the island of Taiwan last week has surfaced in several local media reports, revealing that two major police operations involving thousands of police officers raided premises and made arrests of around 1,600 suspects.

Full Story: Major Police Raids In Taiwan Shutter Illegal Online Gambling Rings »

POKER PLAYER ALLIANCE URGES WASHINGTON STATE LAWMAKERS TO LEGALISE ONLINE GAMBLING

19th January, 2017 at 08:52:03
Pappas points out that legalised internet gambling is safer for consumers and generates tax and jobs for the state.

The Poker Players Alliance's energetic executive director, John Pappas, flew into Washington state this week to give evidence before a Washington state Senate committee on the benefits of online gambling legalisation.

Full Story: Poker Player Alliance Urges Washington State Lawmakers To Legalise Online Gambling »

I.G.T. CEMENTS ITS RELATIONSHIP WITH SVENSKA SPEL WITH NEW CONTRACT

19th January, 2017 at 08:52:03
Seven-year deal to provide equipment and games for Swedish gambling monopoly's land operations.

In a company statement Thursday, International Game Technology plc announced that its subsidiary, IGT Canada Solutions ulc has signed a contract to provide Video Lottery Terminals (VLTs), a VLT Central System, site controllers, games, and operational services to AB Svenska Spel in Sweden as part of a competitive procurement process.

Full Story: I.g.t. Cements Its Relationship With Svenska Spel With New Contract »

CANADIAN PROVINCE WRITES OFF DEBT INCURRED IN INFAMOUS ONLINE GAMBLING VENTURE (Update)

19th January, 2017 at 08:52:03
Cost to the taxpayer at least Cdn1.5 million, says Auditor General.

A report from the Auditor General of the Canadian province of Prince Edward Island has revealed that late last year the provincial government finally wrote off $1,125,131 as a bad debt flowing from its abortive and secretive attempt to partner with a local tribe in setting up an online gambling regulatory and licensing jurisdiction (see previous reports).

Full Story: Canadian Province Writes Off Debt Incurred In Infamous Online Gambling Venture (update) »

ICE TOTALLY GAMING WILL AGAIN BE A CELEBRATION OF INTERNATIONAL GAMBLING

19th January, 2017 at 08:52:03
67 jurisdictions and sovereign states will be represented on the show next month.

Next month's ICE Totally Gaming conference and expo will again be a truly international affair, following confirmation by organisers Clarion Gaming that a total of 67 jurisdictions and sovereign states will be represented on the show floor at ExCeL Centre, London.

Full Story: Ice Totally Gaming Will Again Be A Celebration Of International Gambling »