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Kindred CEO Advocates EU Single Market for Online Consumers

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Henrik Tjärnström, the CEO of Kindred Group, has urged European lawmakers to offer an improved EU single market in online gambling and other similar sectors for online consumers in the continent. He was delivering the keynote speech in Brussels “2019 European Elections: The Case For and Against the EU”, which was conducted jointly by POLITICO and EGBA.

He said: “At Kindred, we saw an opportunity in the rise of Internet, and the benefits of a common single market where all EU citizens could enjoy the same products and services as their neighbours. Our purpose has always been to give our customers a better, fairer, and safer online gambling experience, driven by technology.”

He added that even though the digital revolution offered all companies big opportunities and, greater access to information, it also created new challenges and responsibilitiesHe urged regulators and companies in the gambling companies to take greater responsibility to protect customer trust.

He called for a functioning single EU market:

“The EU has always been a strong advocate for consumers through the single market.But, it needs to work better, particularly for online consumers. That’s why I’m particularly pleased that the European Council recently concluded that digital single market rules need to be more efficient, and better enforced, and barriers should be removed.”

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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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