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Dutch Regulator Finishes Off First Round of Player Protection Consultation

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Kansspelautoriteit (KSA), the gaming regulator of the Netherlands, has completed the first round of public consultation on its proposed player protection regulations. This is part of the regulator’s preparation for opening up the regulated igaming market in the country.

The final meeting was conducted in Rotterdam. The consultations in Amsterdam, Eindhoven, Utrecht and Zwolle had already been completed. Gaming operators and suppliers, healthcare professionals and other experts took part in the consultation process, apart from the general public.

The regulator announced that there was broad support for the proposed consumer protection measures, set out in a consultation document that was published in March.

However, the KSA also said that gaming providers had voiced reservations about how exactly certain measures would be enforced, and the feasibility of some elements of its plan were questioned.

According to the proposals, the operators must offer players with an explanation of how games of chance work, including the statistical chances of winning, as well as clearly highlighting the age restriction and problem gambling support services.

Licensees will also be required to develop a player protection strategy, which must include limit-setting controls for players, covering spending, deposits and how much cash can be held in a user’s account. The KSA has suggested that operators could create a dedicated app to help players monitor their behaviour and spending.

The strategy must also cover intervention actions for recreational, at-risk and problem gamblers, to stop their play from getting out of control, as well as plans for managing players aged between 18 and 23 years old.

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Sweden to Consider Online Casino Advertising Ban

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Sweden’s government is going to ban advertising by online casinos and other forms of gambling as it seeks to tackle a rise in addiction, sending shares in the sector lower.

At the start of the year, Sweden tightened the rules for gambling firms and called on the industry to put in place a code of conduct to protect vulnerable consumers. But measures have not gone far enough.

“There is scope for the commissioner to recommend a total or partial ban on gambling advertising,” Minister for Public Administration Ardalan Shekarabi said.

The commission’s remit will include looking at whether to treat advertising of online gambling in the same way as adverts for alcohol and tobacco, limits on advertising bonuses, jackpots and free-plays and whether to limit advertising during live sporting events such as football matches.

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GambleAware Launches “No Bet Inn” in Liverpool as Part of Bet Regret Campaign

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GambleAware has Launched “No Bet Inn” in Liverpool as part of Bet Regret campaign. The Bet Regret campaign aims to give support for the young men aged 16–34 who gamble regularly. New research conducted for GambleAware revealed that 58% of 18–44 year-old male sports bettors agree that they make impulsive bets in the heat of the moment.

“Some of my fondest memories of playing football were with Liverpool, so it was great to have a chat with fellow fans and watch the current team play, and it was genuinely nice to watch a full match in the No Bet Inn without the distraction of a mobile in anyone’s hand. No checking Instagram, no updating Facebook and crucially, no betting in-play or whilst drinking. It’s crazy to see the number of fans placing ill-considered bets and regretting it afterwards, so it was great to remind people to think twice before betting, avoid Bet Regret and just enjoy the game,” Garcia, famous football player said.

Marc Etches, CEO of GambleAware, said: “We created the No Bet Inn as a demonstration of our Bet Regret campaign and to make football fans think hard about their betting habits. At the No Bet Inn, people could enjoy the game and avoid BetRegret. The is one part of a national campaign for safer gambling which launched in February to raise awareness of behaviours that people might not always recognise as impulsive or risky, such as sports betting when drunk, bored or chasing losses.”

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Nielsen Releases “Esports Playbook for Brands” 2019

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Nielsen, the US-based global information and measurement company, has released its 2019 “Esports Playbook for Brands.

According to Esports Playbook for Brands, non-gaming brand involvement in esports has increased by 13% over the past year. Mainstream brands outside of traditional video game brands are entering the space.

Nielsen points out that 90% of U.S. esports viewers on Twitch can name at least one non-gaming sponsor; 70% of U.S. Twitch users spend more time engaging with esports than they do with traditional sports.

“Esports fans respect and welcome those brands that embrace what they already love, and get the need for the revenue and exposure that sponsors, distributors, and content creators bring with them,” says Bobby Sharma, founding partner of the Esports advisory firm Electronic Sports Group, in the playbook.

“But they also know when they are being used as test subjects… and that is where things can go awry,” he adds.

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