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Gaming in Spain Newsletter - “Number of minors who manage to gamble online is negligible” ...and

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 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.


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