Announce Retirement of Donald R. Sweitzer, Chairman of IGT Global Solutions
LONDON, U.K. (December 5, 2018) --
International Game Technology PLC (IGT) (NYSE: IGT) announced that Donald R.
Sweitzer will be retiring on Dec. 31 after 20 years of leadership in IGT's
government affairs and business development. As Chairman of IGT Global
Solutions Corporation, Don has been an accomplished ambassador to IGT's current
and prospective global customers and government officials, and instrumental in
its development, growth, and industry leadership.
IGT is the global leader in gaming.
We enable players to experience their favorite games across all channels and
regulated segments, from Gaming Machines and Lotteries to Interactive and
Social Gaming. Leveraging a wealth of premium content, substantial investment
in innovation, in-depth customer intelligence, operational expertise and
leading-edge technology, our gaming solutions anticipate the demands of
consumers wherever they decide to play. We have a well-established local
presence and relationships...
|Donald Sweitzer Chairman, IGT Global Solutions
"Don's expertise building and
nurturing relationships with state and commercial partners around the world,
along with his insights into complex geopolitical situations, have been
important to IGT's continued expansion and leading market position," said
IGT CEO Marco Sala. "I will always be grateful for his integrity, insight,
and leadership. His achievements with IGT will continue to resonate far into
"I am grateful to Marco Sala and
the entire IGT family, our customers, and business partners for the
extraordinary opportunities and meaningful relationships we have built together
throughout the last 20 years," said Don. "I can honestly say I have
enjoyed coming to work every single day during my time here, and I love the
people in this company. It's now a good time in the business to retire on a
positive note, with a spectacular future ahead for IGT."
Prior to his role as Chairman of IGT
Global Solutions Corporation, Don was Senior Vice President of Global Business
Development and Public Affairs. In this role, he identified and developed new
business opportunities and supported the expansion of the Company's products
and services in existing jurisdictions. He also continuously enhanced the
Company's communications and services to its worldwide government and
Before joining the Company in 1998,
Don served in prominent senior roles in federal and state politics. He was
political director of the Democratic National Committee during the first term
of former U.S. President Bill Clinton. He was also a trusted advisor to elected
representatives, including Senators Edward M. Kennedy, D-Massachusetts and
Howard M. Metzenbaum, D-Ohio. Don first became involved with politics when he
was elected to public office, formerly serving as deputy town supervisor and
councilman in East Greenbush, New York.
In addition, he has held roles on
the boards of non-governmental organizations including current Co-Chair and
past Chairman of the International Foundation for Electoral Systems and current
board member of the Providence Performing Arts Center. Don is also a member of
the Lottery Industry Hall of Fame.
IGT (NYSE:IGT) is the global leader
in gaming. We enable players to experience their favorite games across all
channels and regulated segments, from Gaming Machines and Lotteries to Digital
and Social Gaming. Leveraging a wealth of premium content, substantial
investment in innovation, in-depth customer intelligence, operational expertise
and leading-edge technology, our gaming solutions anticipate the demands of
consumers wherever they decide to play. We have a well-established local
presence and relationships with governments and regulators in more than 100
countries around the world, and create value by adhering to the highest
standards of service, integrity, and responsibility. IGT has more than 12,000
employees. For more information, please visit
Robert K. Vincent,
toll free in U.S./Canada (844)
IGT-7452; outside U.S./Canada (401) 392-7452
T: (401) 392-7190
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SOURCE: International Game
Technology PLC (IGT).
INTRALOT Signs Contract with Nederlandse Loterij for Lottery
System and Terminals
ATHENS, Greece (December 6, 2018) --
INTRALOT S.A. announces the signing of a new contract for NEDERLANDSE LOTERIJ,
operator of the Dutch Lottery and numerous other gaming brands, following a
competitive international tender.
Within the scope of this contract
INTRALOT provides a Central System and installs technology solutions in all
retail locations of Nederlandse Loterij. INTRALOT services are planned to
transition in 2019.
Nederlandse Loterij has been formed
in April 2016 through the merger of the Nederlandse Staatsloterij and De Lotto.
Nederlandse Loterij offers seven well-known games of chance in the Netherlands,
including brands like Staatsloterij, Lotto, Toto, Eurojackpot, Miljoenenspel,
Lucky Day and Krasloten. Its mission is to invest in a happier and healthier
society by donating a large sum, 37%, of its revenues to national sport and
charity organizations. The remaining 63% is donated to the Dutch national
Arjan Blok (Chief Financial Officer)
Nederlandse Loterij stated: After an intensive international tender
process in which we have compared services of top suppliers in the gaming
industry, we are confident INTRALOT will be able to deliver the quality and
flexibility we need to meet the challenges in a fast and changing
Nikos Nikolakopoulos, Chief
Commercial Officer for INTRALOT states: We are thrilled to be selected
by Nederlandse Loterij for the supply of a new central system and terminals
solution. Through this cooperation opportunity we bring our latest
technological innovations of a flexible modular central system that minimizes
time-to-market and reduces operator total cost of ownership along with the most
advanced camera clerk operated terminal that will offer tremendous benefits to
the operator and the retailers network.
INTRALOT, a public listed company
established in 1992, is a leading gaming solutions supplier and operator active
in 52 regulated jurisdictions around the globe. With 1.1 billion turnover
and a global workforce of approximately 5,100 employees (3,100 of which in HQ
and subsidiaries and 2,000 in associates) in 2017, INTRALOT is an innovation
driven corporation focusing its product development on the customer
experience. The company is uniquely positioned to offer to lottery and gaming
organizations across geographies market-tested solutions and retail operational
expertise. The company has designed a new ecosystem of holistic omni-channel
solutions across verticals (Lottery, Betting, Interactive, VLT) for Lotteries
digital transformation. INTRALOT has been awarded the prestigious WLA
Responsible Gaming Framework Certification by the World Lottery Association
(WLA) and the WLA certificate for the Security Control standard.
For more info: Mr. Chris Sfatos,
Group Corporate Affairs Director, Phone: +30-210 6156000, Fax: +30-210 6106800,
SOURCE: INTRALOT (www.intralot.com) press
Review Reaffirmed Lotto Niedersachsens Dedication to Safety Standards and
HANNOVER, Germany (December 5, 2018)
-- Safety standards and player protection are very important to Lotto
Niedersachsen. The information security management system at Lotto
Niedersachsen is implemented and maintained with exemplary care and a high
level of safety awareness among all managers and employees.
This reaffirmed the positive outcome
of the annual review of information security measures based on the WLA Security
Control Standard (WLA-SCS: 2016) and the international standard ISO / IEC
No complaints were found in the
November investigation by the company "DNV GL Business Assurance
Certification and Environmental Verification GmbH, Essen".
This certification demonstrates that
the games offered by Lotto Niedersachsen are offered responsibly and safely in
accordance with the rules set by the WLA.
These high quality standards
differentiate Lotto Niedersachsen from the increasing number of providers
operating abroad who offer bets on the draw results of the state lotteries
without German or Lower Saxony permission.
The WLA, the World Lottery
Association, is a global membership organization based in Basel and Montreal,
which has developed standards for responsible, professionally organized and
reputable lottery delivery.
Lotto Niedersachsen will continue to
attach great importance to security and quality control in the implementation
of lotteries in order to guarantee safe and responsible gaming for its
customers in Lower Saxony.
SOURCE: Lotto Niedersachsen.
$1,000,000 Voyage Promotion Unites Lotteries
Alchemy3 introduces a new
ROSWELL, Georgia (December 5, 2018)
-- Alchemy3 and Royal Caribbean International have announced a partnership to
introduce the first worldwide lottery promotion - $1,000,000 Voyage. The
event allows lotteries all over the world to join together and award an amazing
adventure on the newest, largest and most state-of-the art ship in the world --
Royal Caribbeans Symphony of the Seas.
The $1,000,000 Voyage promotion
includes: a private island takeover on CocoCay, an exclusive beach concert at
the Atlantis resort featuring an international superstar, plus more than
$2,000,000 in cash prize giveaways throughout the voyage; including a
GUARANTEED $1,000,000 winner. We know that lotteries
worldwide have expressed interest in working together to create an
international, multi-jurisdiction program said Paul Guziel, CEO of U.S.
based Alchemy3. $1,000,000 Voyage provides a combination of
aspirational prizing for both lottery and non-lottery players. Guziel
The Program is designed as an
instant/scratch game to allow the greatest level of participation.
However, lotteries can award prizes in a way that best suits their customer
base. This provides each lottery maximum flexibility in designing a
program with the greatest consumer appeal. Alchemy3 is available to
assist lotteries in creating custom program executions with regional
Alchemy3 recently introduced the
global promotion concept to lotteries at World Lottery Summit (WLS) in Buenos
Aries, Argentina. May Scheve Reardon, Executive Director of the Missouri
Lottery and Board President of the U.S. Multi-State Lottery Association said
For quite some time, U.S. Lotteries have been interested in designing
a worldwide lottery game.
$1,000,000 Voyage provides
the opportunity to test the waters by bringing together multiple lotteries
through a joint promotion Scheve Reardon added.
Webinars are scheduled for December
19th and 20th to introduce the program to lottery personnel around
the globe. The $1,000,000 Voyage promotional period is set for early 2020
leading up to the winner prize voyage in early 2021.
Alchemy3 is a broad-based, fully
integrated lottery marketing Services Company. A3 was founded in 2007 by
lottery and gaming industry veterans with the goal of creating smart gaming
solutions that pair lotteries with great consumer brands and represent
win-win outcomes for both the lottery and the brand. Over the last
twelve years, the Company has methodically built a foundation of strategic
gaming and licensing platforms that has made it a dominant player in both the
lottery services industry and consumer products licensing industries.
A3 is based in Roswell, GA, and it
is a leading provider of licensed brands, player loyalty programs, and
value-added services to lotteries across the U.S. and Canada. The Company
provides its customers with a premium, integrated marketing solution that
increases lottery revenue and drives player participation across a variety of
age groups and demographics. A3 provides lotteries with relevant market
research, creative game design, advertising and promotional support, drawing
and fulfillment services, web design, mobile app development, social media
engagement and game player support throughout the entire life of a game.
For more information, press only:
Jeffrey Schweig, 770-442-6993, E: js@alchemy3.
Lott Launches a New Campaign to Highlight Everyday Winners, Winning Every
QUEENSLAND, Australia (December 3,
2018) -- Mowing the lawn, having a coffee, or getting something out of the
fridge ordinary moments are quickly turned into winning moments with a
new campaign from the Lott that features everday winners, winning every
The new initiative features everyday
people, in their everyday moments, discovering they are one of the 74 million
Australian winners that collected more than $2.7 billion in prize money last
year playing one of lottery games at the Lott.
The campaign is being brought to
life through free-to-air television, radio, billboard and digital channels.
With about three Australian lottery
winners crowned every second, the Lott marketing manager David Liddell said the
campaign aimed to celebrate everyday winning moments.
One of the biggest
misconceptions about lottery games is that no one wins, when in fact, we have
multiple winners every second of every day. These winners can take home a prize
that ranges from $5 to $50 million and beyond! he said.
With the launch of this new
campaign, our players and customers will get a fresh perspective on just how
often these wins occur and how everyday moments are turned into winning moments
when people simply check their tickets.
The everyday winners, winning
every day campaign commences Monday 3 December 2018 and aims to support
the existing marketing campaigns being run by individual lottery game brands at
The new campaign runs until March
Agencies involved in the creation
and delivery of the Lotts newest brand campaign:
- Creative agency: Y&R
- Media agency: Carat
About the Lott
The Lott is the mark of trust that
unites Australias Offical Lotteries by Tatts, NSW Lotteries, SA Lotteries
and Golden Casket under one banner.
In the 12 months to 30 June 2018, 74
million winners took home a total of $2.7 billion in prize money from their
favourite games which include Saturday Lotto, Monday and Wednesday Lotto,
Powerball, Oz Lotto, Set for Life, Lucky Lotteries and Instant Scratch-Its.
For more information visit our media
centre at mediacentre.thelott.com.
and download the TVC click here.
Head of Public Relations
0412 404 626
Senior Public Relations
0457 731 671
SOURCE: The Lott press release.
Alexa, Tell Me the Latest Virginia Lottery Winning
Lottery Information is
Now as Close as Your Virtual Assistant
RICHMOND, VA (December 4, 2018) --
So you want to know the latest winning numbers? How about the date and time of
the next big drawing? How big is the jackpot? What games are available from the
No problem. Alexa knows.
The Virginia Lottery has become one
of the first lotteries to make information available via Alexa, the virtual
assistant developed by Amazon.
The Virginia Lottery partnered with
COLAB to develop the skill to help any Alexa user who wants
information about the Virginia Lottery.
Almost one in three Americans owned
a voice-activated smart speaker in August 2018, and up to half of adults could
own one after the holiday shopping season, according to Adobe and the Consumer
To use the skill, you simply say,
Alexa, enable the Virginia Lottery. Some sample
phrases could then be:
- Alexa, ask Virginia Lottery: What were the
winning Cash 5 numbers?
- Alexa, ask Virginia Lottery: What is the
- Alexa, ask Virginia Lottery: What games can I
This is just the latest way
in which the Virginia Lottery is using todays technology to meet
customers where they live and shop today, said Virginia Lottery
Executive Director Kevin Hall.
Along with our new
smartphone app and the Lotterys hugely popular touchscreen vending
machines, Alexa helps us empower our players by providing quick, easy access to
drawing results and other consumer information.
In the future, as part of the
Virginia Lotterys Play Responsibly campaign, Alexa will be able to
provide users with the Virginia Problem Gambling Helpline number, where people
with questions about gambling addiction can go to seek help.
COLAB is a digital agency based in
Richmond, Virginia, that creates web-based solutions to solve real business
problems for its clients.
Through its expertise in strategy,
design, development, and project management, COLAB builds custom web
applications, websites and enterprise-wide digital partnerships.
Now in its 30th year, the Virginia
Lottery generates more than $1.6 million per day for Virginias K-12
Operating entirely on revenue from
the sale of Lottery products, the Lottery generated more than $600 million for
Virginias public schools in Fiscal Year 2018.
For more info, visit our website,
download our app, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and
check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.
SOURCE: Virginia Lottery press
Minnesota Lottery and Northstar Problem Gambling Alliance
Participate in National Holiday Responsible Gambling
ROSEVILLE, MN (November 29, 2018) --
The Minnesota Lottery and the
Northstar Problem Gambling Alliance (NPGA) announced today
they are participating in a national responsible gambling campaign to raise
awareness about the risks of underage lottery play during the holiday
Both organizations will promote the
importance of responsible gambling through various media channels, joining a
growing effort to raise awareness about this issue around Minnesota, the United
States and North America.
The campaign, now in its eleventh
year, is led nationally by the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) and
internationally by the International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and
High-Risk Behaviors at McGill University.
December is a time when many
cultures share in gift giving, and some may consider giving scratch tickets to
young people as gifts. While a scratch-off ticket may provide
momentary excitement, underage recipients dont have the cognitive
development to discern the potential risks of gambling, says Susan
Sheridan Tucker, Northstar executive director. This is why tickets
sales are limited to adults. When a trusted adult provides a ticket
to a minor, it sends the message that the activity is an acceptable
Youth gambling is particularly
concerning because researchers have established a link between the age at which
a person first gambles and the occurrence of excessive or problem gambling
later in life. Studies have also shown that many adolescents gamble at least
occasionally, and that lottery products, particularly scratch tickets, often
serve as an introduction to gambling activities for youth.
For some youth, lottery products may
be a gateway to excessive or problem gambling. Youth gambling has been linked
to other risky behaviours, including smoking, drinking and drug use.
The NCPG reports the following
statistics on youth gambling:
- Young people report their first gambling experience
occurs, on average, around 9-11 years of age
- Approximately 80% of high-school aged adolescents
report having gambled for money during the past year
- 2-4% of adolescents presently have a gambling
problem while another 10-14% are at-risk for developing a gambling problem; in
contrast, adult problem gambling rates for the general population are about
- Adult problem gamblers report an earlier onset of
gambling, often beginning between the ages of 10-19
- Early gambling experiences are a risk factor for
later problem gambling
- While male adolescents gamble more frequently than
females; female adolescents are more actively involved in lottery play
- Lottery scratch-off tickets have been shown to
present a possible gateway to other gambling activities
While we think lottery
tickets make for fun gifts for adults, they are not appropriate as a gift for
minors, says Robert Doty, executive director of the Minnesota
Lottery. The commitment of the Minnesota Lottery and so many other
lotteries around the country demonstrates our interest in ensuring that lottery
participation is both fun and safe.
Both Tucker and Doty feel that
responsible gambling is a positive approach to minimizing gambling-related harm
and maximizing public benefit.
Problem gambling, also known
as gambling addiction or compulsive gambling, is defined as the urge to gamble
despite harmful negative consequences or a desire to stop. Its estimated
that approximately 160,000 to 214,000 Minnesotans struggle with this addictive
disorder, which can destroy lives, threaten family relationships and empty
personal and family savings. For more information about problem gambling in
Minnesota, visit NorthstarProblemGambling.org.
About Northstar Problem Gambling
Northstar Problem Gambling Alliance
is a nonprofit, gambling-neutral organization dedicated to improving the lives
of Minnesotans affected by problem gambling. A 501 (c)(3) nonprofit, NPGA is
funded by membership fees, financial and in-kind donations, and state and
private grants. NPGA serves as Minnesotas affiliate to the National
Council on Problem Gambling.
About Minnesota Lottery
The Minnesota Lottery raises money
for programs that positively impact the lives of Minnesotans. It offers
uniquely Minnesotan games of chance that are held to the highest standard of
integrity and security. Since 1990, the Lottery has returned more than $2.9
billion to programs that benefit all Minnesotans, including the states
most precious natural resources, education, health care and more.
CONTACT: Susan Sheridan Tucker,
Northstar Problem Gambling Alliance, Phone: (612) 424-8595, Email:
SOURCE: Northstar Problem Gambling
Alliance and Minnesota Lottery.
Svenska Spels CEO and Chairman Describe How the Group Prepares
for the New Gaming Market and Legislation
VISBY, Sweden (November 29, 2018) --
DI Debatt today publishes a debate article on 29 November, where Svenska Spels
tf. CEO Marie Loob and Chairman of the Board Erik Strand describe how the Group
prepares for the new gaming market and legislation by carefully dividing the
business into three parts.
The debate also addresses the
criticisms that the Industry Association for Online Games (BOS),
representatives of a number of foreign gaming companies, expressed in a
previous post on DI Debatt.
Marie Loob and Erik Strand write,
among other things, that Svenska Spel's assessment is that the Group is divided
exactly as the Riksdag thought and in accordance with the competition law.
Furthermore, they write about the
importance of gaming companies taking their responsibility on the regulated
"Next year will be important for
the Swedish gaming industry and the Swedish gaming consumers. Svenska Spel will
do its utmost to ensure that the new markets are characterized by a greater
degree of responsibility for customers, gaming and marketing."
"Svenska Spel, like the whole of
Sweden's gaming company, will continue to show the way in the Swedish gaming
market. From January 1, we will do it in three separate business areas. We are
looking forward to competing on schysta terms. It deserves gaming
Read the entire debate article on DI Debatt
At the turn of the year, a new spell
legislation enters into force. The game monopoly is abolished for certain
games, a licensing system is introduced and the tax rules are changed. At the
same time, the Lottery Inspectorate changes its name to the Spelinspektionen
and receives more tools for the supervision of a new Swedish gaming market with
care for the customers in focus.
Now all gaming companies operating
in Sweden or offering games to Swedish customers will be subject to the same
regulations and the same supervision. Customers get better consumer protection.
A new crime breach, spell cheating, is introduced. A special cooperation
council is established to better counter match fixation.
As the whole of Sweden's gaming
company, we look forward to acting on a market with equal terms for all gaming
companies. An arena that gets safer and sharper both from a competitive and
consumer perspective, which also gives us the opportunity to offer new
But what's actually happening on
January 1, 2019? How is Svenska Spel, our customers and the market in general
affected by the new law?
Clearer gaming market
Let's start with the gaming market,
which is divided into three parts. A competitive part, a public benefit and a
part that is still reserved to the state.
In the competitive part, all gaming
companies - both state and private - seem to apply for and are licensed by the
Spelinspektionen. The games that are competitive are online casino, online
bingo, online poker and betting. The license also follows an increased consumer
and gaming responsibility in terms of, among other things, customer
registration, marketing, bonuses and gaming limits.
The public utility, which includes
number games and lotteries, is less affected.
The third part of the new gaming
market is the land based business that Svenska Spel currently operates in the
form of land-based casinos (Casino Cosmopol) and slot machines at restaurants
and bingo halls (Vegas). This part remains largely intact and continues to be
reserved for the state.
The business is divided
The consequence for Svenska Spel is
that we adapt from the beginning of the year to the organization to match the
three different market conditions that the new gaming legislation entails.
Svenska Spel will also continue to
be a coherent group with group-wide functions, but gaming activities are
divided into three separate business areas. Then we create clearer focus and
customer offerings and at the same time ensure compliance with the competition
law and spell legislation in the new gaming market.
Our tour products (number games and
lotteries) stay in the parent company AB Svenska Spel. Vegas and Casino
Cosmopol continue as a separate business. The big change is that all our sports
games, net poker and netbingo move to the new subsidiary Svenska Spel Sport
& Casino AB. We are also starting to offer the news online casino in the
New account for customers
After the turn of the year, Svenska
Spel's customers can continue to play games like Lotto, Keno and Eurojackpot as
usual, both online and in the game store. The same applies to customers who
play at Vegasautomater and at Casino Cosmopol.
To play on our sports games, online
bingo, online poker and online casino, however, a new gaming account is
required at Svenska Spel Sport & Casino AB. Customers can register on
Svenska Spel Sport & Casino's website or in their game store as of January
Until the end of the year is also
possible to pre-register on svenskaspel.se/forregistrering
SOURCE: Svenska Spel.
Lottery Inspectorate Announce Its First Online Gambling License
(November 30, 2018) -- The Lottery Inspectorate, which changes its name to
Spelinspektionen at the turn of the year, announces today the first license
"This is a historic day for the
game. I am very proud that the Lottery Inspector's staff under severe pressure,
with a whole new legislation, worked out the first license decisions," said
Director General Camilla Rosenberg.
So far, the Lottery Inspectorate has
received 95 license applications, of which more than 70 involve games in the
competitive online gaming market. However, the figures do not provide the full
picture of the number of trademarks because an application may be filed by a
company that has several brands.
"Since one of the objectives of
the reform of the game was to achieve high channelization, it is gratifying
that many gaming companies that are currently targeting the Swedish market want
to be part of the new licensing market after the turn of the year," says
Today, 16 gaming companies have
received their license applications, which will begin on January 1, 2019.
Click here to see who have been licensed.
More decisions in time
It is important to emphasize that
the decisions announced today are the first in the line of decisions
"We will continue to make
decisions so that the person who submitted his application and completed in
good time will also be given a decision in his case over the next few weeks,
depending on the complexity of the case," says Operations Manager Patrik
The Authority has also granted
licenses with a shorter period than the maximum five years.
In cases where we estimate
that we need to follow the company extra carefully, we can grant a license for
a shorter period. For example, it may be about past offenses in other
markets," says Camilla Rosenberg.
Restrictions on betting
With the first license decisions, a
further step is also taken in the fight against match fixing, where the
Spelinspektionen will have a coordinating role. Among other things, gaming
companies must adapt to the following limitations in the game range:
- No one may offer betting on events or events where
the majority of participants are under 18 years old.
- No one may offer betting that is offensive or
inappropriate from a public point of view.
- No one may offer bets that are subject to the
forthcoming rules on bans with regard to match fixing.
It is now the responsibility of
licensees to comply with these limitations, while the Spelinspektionen will
work out regulations in this area.
Games and logos
The companies that are now licensed
are obliged to join Spelpaus.se, the Authority's national self-shutdown system.
Read more about Spelpaus.se.
The companies should also place
three logos at the top of their web pages, so that consumers can easily access
tools to better control their gambling.
Read more about game response logos.
Gaming and logos for gaming are two
of the many components in the construction of a safer and safer gaming
CONTACT: My Hamrén,
Press Officer, Tel: 0152-650 174, 0765-330 174, E:
SOURCE: Spelinspektionen press
Gambling Commission Takes Widespread Regulatory Action Against
Online Casino Operators and Senior Management
BIRMINGHAM, U.K. (November 29, 2018)
-- Online casino companies and their senior management have faced widespread
action from the gambling regulator, as part of an ongoing investigation into
the way the industry combats problem gambling and money laundering.
The Commission has imposed nearly
£14m in penalties on three companies as result of their failings to put
in place effective safeguards to prevent money laundering and keep consumers
safe from gambling-related harm.
Following licence reviews, the
Commission has ordered Daub Alderney to pay a financial penalty of £7.1m
(as previously announced) and Casumo has been ordered to pay a financial
penalty of £5.85m. Videoslots will pay £1m in lieu of a financial
Another company - CZ Holdings - will
no longer be able to provide gambling services to consumers in Britain as it
surrendered its licence after a licence review had been commenced. Nine other
operators have been issued with Advice to Conduct letters and a further six are
still under investigation.
The Commission has also taken
regulatory action against the individuals responsible for the failings. Three
Personal Licence Holders (PML) have now surrendered their licenses, four have
been issued with a warning and two have been issued with Advice as to Conduct
notices. A further three individuals who hold PMLs are still under
Neil McArthur, Commission CEO, said:
I hope todays announcement will make all online casino operators
sit up and pay attention, as our investigations found that a large number of
operators and their senior management were not meeting their
It is not enough to have
policies and procedures in place. Everyone in a gambling business must
understand its policies and procedures and take responsibility for properly
We expect operators to know
their customers and to ask the right questions to make sure they meet their
anti-money laundering and social responsibility obligations.
Mr McArthur added: Anyone
in a position of authority needs to be aware that we will not only act against
businesses when we take regulatory action - we will also hold individuals to
account where they are responsible for an operators
Jeremy Wright, Secretary of State
for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, said: Any online operator that
thinks it can ignore its duty to protect players should take note today - there
will be consequences. Protecting vulnerable consumers is our prime concern, and
it must be the priority for gambling operators too.
There are robust
requirements to safeguard players and prevent money-laundering which all
businesses must adhere to if they wish to operate in the British market. I am
pleased to see the Gambling Commission taking the strongest possible action
when companies fail to meet their obligations.
Operators are advised to read our
lessons to be learned regarding this investigation.
Review of Casumo Services Limiteds operating licence
Breach of conditions relating to
anti-money laundering and failure to comply with social responsibility
SOURCE: Gambling Commission.
Lottery Monitoring System Publish Its Code of Conduct
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (December 5,
2018) -- GLMS published today its Code of Conduct. The Code applies to everyone
engaged with the GLMS family, including members (individual and associate),
partners, employees and Executive Committee Members. The Code was unanimously
adopted by the GLMS membership base at the GLMS General Meeting in Buenos Aires
on November 20. Although the Code might not address every issue that might
arise, it seeks to provide a solid foundation for making good decisions.
GLMS President, Ludovico Calvi has
stated: Competent and effective performance is critical to our
success, but just as important is how we go about achieving results with
honesty , transparency and respect, without taking shortcuts, and by operating
ethically and with integrity in all that we do. The adoption of the present
Code not only, once again, demonstrates that GLMS Members - Lotteries take
their responsibility towards society in serious, but also proves the real
commitment of the entire GLMS family to making zero compromises when it comes
to the integrity of any step we take in our daily activity and
The Code also includes
recommendations towards Lottery-Members regarding their Sports Betting
operations. These recommendations, which should be seen as complementary to the
jurisdictional, legal and regulatory requirements within each national
jurisdiction, address numerous relevant issues, such as protection of minors,
cautious selection of events and betting types to be offered, avoidance of
conflict of interests, obligation to report suspicious betting activity,
contribution to good causes, etc. They are also in line with the Council of
Europe Convention on the Manipulation of Sport Competitions.
In addition, the Code outlines the
corporate ethics principles and guidelines mandatory for all employees and ExCo
members of GLMS, and the core ethical principles of respect, equity and
non-discrimination, effectiveness, honesty, loyalty, transparency,
responsibility, legality, impartiality and integrity, governing the behaviour
and everyday professional conduct of all those who belong to the GLMS
Click here to read the GLMS Code of Conduct.
GLMS General Secretary: email@example.com
Alexandrakis, GLMS Deputy General Secretary,
GLMS is the state lotteries
mutualized monitoring system on sports betting. It aims at detecting and
analyzing suspicious betting activities that could question the integrity of a
sport competition. Building on six years of experience with the establishment
in 2009 of ELMS with European Lotteries, GLMS went global in January 2015
extending the network to other continents. GLMS facilitates the sharing of
sports betting information as part of the collective efforts of its members in
ensuring sports integrity globally, and is dedicated to effective cooperation
with all key stakeholders: regulators, law enforcement authorities, sports
GLMS currently has 31 individual
Members from 4 continents (Österreichische Lotterien - Austria,
Loterie Nationale Belgium, Hrvatska Lutrija Croatia, Danske
Spil Denmark, Veikkaus Finland, La Française Des Jeux
France, Staatliche Loterieverwaltung in Bayern Germany,
Opap SA Greece, Szerencsejatek Hungary, Islenk Getspa
Iceland, Israel Sports Betting Board - Israel, Lottomatica
Italy, Sisal Italy, Maltco Lotteries Ltd- Malta,
Norsk Tipping Norway, Santa Casa De Misericordia da Lisboa
Portugal, Stoloto-Russia, Sportna Loterija Slovenia,
Svenska Spel Sweden, Loterie Romande Switzerland,
Swisslos Switzerland, Nederlandse Loterij, the Netherlands,
Hong Kong Jockey Club Hong Kong, Singapore Pools Singapore,
Ktoto Co South Korea, China Sports Lottery China,
Loto-Québec- Canada, Polla Chilena de Beneficencia Chile,
Banca de Quinielas de Montevideo Uruguay, La Marocaine des Jeux et des
Sports, Morocco, Loterie Nationale du Sénégal
Senegal) and 2 collective Members (European Lotteries Association and World
GLMS has 1 associate Member
Visit the GLMS website.
SOURCE: Global Lottery Monitoring
Publishes Alternative Dispute Resolution Directive
By Malta Gaming Authority
MALTA (December 3, 2018) -- The
Malta Gaming Authority hereby notifies its licensees and the general public
that in pursuant to article 7(2) of the new Gaming Act (Cap. 583 of the Laws of
Malta), it is issuing the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Directive, found
here, as a binding instrument in order to delineate in further detail the
specific requirements in relation to Alternative Dispute Resolution.
By virtue of regulations 13 and 14
of the Player Protection Regulations, B2C licensees must make readily available
to players the applicable procedures for making a complaint to them and for
referring a complaint to an ADR entity. This Directive is intended to provide
additional guidance to B2C licensees as to the nature of the ADR entity which
B2C licensees must refer players to, and details as to the specific information
which must be notified to the MGA.
Those who have not yet informed the
MGA as to which ADR entity they have entered into an agreement with, are to do
so as soon as possible, by sending an email on firstname.lastname@example.org with the
subject ADR Notification, detailing the name(s) of the ADR entity
or entities, and the duration of the agreement.
Monthly reports which detail all the
disputes which have been referred to ADR entities, including the player ID and
the subject-matter of the dispute, as well as the conclusions of the ADR
entities may be submitted as of 21 January 2019. More guidance as to the format
which such notification should follow will be issued closer to the date.
The MGA will be distinguishing
between players complaints and disputes. As of 1 April 2019, the
MGAs Player Support Unit will no longer be delving into the merits of a
dispute between a player and a B2C licensee, since this function is reserved
for the relevant ADR entity. Disputes are understood to be a disagreement
between a player and the MGA B2C licensee with which that player is
However, the Player Support Unit
will be open to receiving complaints from any individuals. Complaints are
understood to be a report by any individual that any aspect of the provision of
the gaming service by an MGA licensee is unlawful, or conducted in a manner
which is not safe, fair, or transparent. In the event that the Player Support
Unit receives a dispute which also includes a complaint, the Unit will be
examining the complaint independently of the ADR entity, as part of its
Furthermore, the Player Support Unit
will be examining the monthly reports submitted by B2C licensees which details
the disputes which have been referred to the relevant ADR entities.
To this end, B2C licensees are
instructed to ensure that their player dispute procedures do not refer players
to the Malta Gaming Authority, but rather to the relevant ADR entity, in
accordance with Article 4 of this Directive.
This Directive is applicable as of 3
SOURCE: Malta Gaming