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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Three Video Games with Loot Boxes Violate Belgian Gambling Law, Regulator Finds

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Three Video Games with Loot Boxes Violate Belgian Gambling Law, Regulator Finds

At least three video games featuring loot boxes have been breaching Belgian gambling laws, an investigation by the Belgian Gaming Commission has shown. The news about the regulator’s position on the widely publicized issue comes shortly after its Dutch counterpart released its own findings regarding the virtual items just days ago.

Loot boxes gained broad attention with the fall 2017 release of the Star Wars Battlefront II video game. The latest installment of the popular Star Wars: Battlefront series quickly became the subject of major controversy due to the fact that it included a loot box monetization scheme.

Generally speaking, loot boxes are special items can be purchased in-game. They contain further items that can be extremely helpful to a player within the game, but can also be of little value. Each loot box includes a random selection of items and its contents only become known to a player after its purchase is completed.

The Belgian Gaming Commission was among the gambling regulators to question the nature of loot boxes. The regulatory opened a probe into the matter, the results of which were made public earlier today.

The Gaming Commission investigated four video games – Star Wars Battlefront II, FIFA 18, Counter Strike: Global Offensive, and Overwatch. The regulator found out that loot boxes in three of the games – FIFA 18, Counter Strike: Global Offensive, and Overwatch – violated Belgium’s gambling law. The Commission said that developers of Star Wars Battlefront II have addressed the issue following the controversy the game was embroiled in and that its loot box system no longer violated Belgian gaming regulations.

Under the country’s gambling law, spending real money on an item that could influence a player’s performance in a game constitutes a game of chance if the contents of such an item are determined by chance.

Teenagers at Risk

The Commission expressed concerns that loot boxes in video games and their gambling nature are putting vulnerable players at great risk. Video games are often played by players under the allowed age for gambling but being exposed by products that resemble gambling risks normalizing the activity.

The gambling regulator said today that developers of games with paid loot boxes violate Belgium’s gambling law and can be fined or even sentenced to prison for such a violation. They thus must remove the controversial in-game items or can otherwise face fines of up to €800,000 and or prison time of up to five years.

In a similar move, the Netherlands Gambling Authority, Kansspelautoriteit, announced last week the results from its own probe into loot boxes. The regulator investigated ten video games that featured loot boxes and were available to Dutch players.

Kansspelautoriteit found that four out of the ten games violated the Dutch Betting and Gaming Act as their loot box systems incorporated elements of games of chance into skill-based games. The provision of games of chance without the necessary authorization from the Dutch gambling regulator is strictly prohibited in the Netherlands.

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Betrally Casino players winning big in 2018

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Betrally Casino players winning big in 2018
Playing everything from slots to blackjack, four lucky European players have hit it big at Betrally Casino over the last few months, including a German player who turned €1.15 into €1,229.89.
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Gambling Machines Crackdown Announcement Due Within Weeks

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Gambling Machines Crackdown Announcement Due Within Weeks

The UK Government is set to reduce the maximum stake on the highly controversial fixed-odds betting terminals to £2, The Times reports citing people familiar with the ongoing discussions. An announcement is expected to be made within the next few weeks.

The decision was to be made public at an earlier stage, but according to media reports from yesterday the delay was incurred by Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, who was said to have previously been opposed to such a massive cut in the maximum stake. Mr. Hammond reportedly contested the measure as it would result into a huge fall in tax revenue.

At present, FOBTs accept £100 maximum stakes every 20 seconds. Following a review into the gaming machines sector conducted by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport, it was announced last fall that the maximum bet would be cut to somewhere between £50 and £2. A reduction to £2 would cost the exchequer £450 million in annual tax contributions, it has been estimated.

Latest media reports indicate that Mr. Hammond may be close to settling what was believed to be an ongoing dispute with supporters of a bigger reduction of the betting limits, with the latter group being led by Culture Secretary Matt Hancock. Sources told The Times that “[they] are nearly there”.

It is believed that Mr. Hancock and his team have managed to appease concerns voiced by Mr. Hammond about the impact the massive crackdown on FOBTs would have on tax revenue.

Alternative Revenue Sources

It is understood that levies will increase on other gambling services to offset losses incurred by the FOBTs crackdown. It is yet to be announced how exactly other forms of gambling will be taxed.

The announcement about the UK Government’s decision on the changes that will be introduced in the gambling machines sector is expected within the next several weeks. However, it will not be made before next week’s local elections due to purdah rules.

Following yesterday’s reports about Mr. Hammond’s opposition to a reduction of the maximum bet to £2, several influential MPs said that they would contest any decision that does not include a cut of the maximum stake to £2. Tory MPs Sarah Wollaston and Nick Boles were among those to say that they “will not support half measures”. Both officials took to Twitter to voice their opinion on the topic.

Shares in William Hill tumbled 11% as news about the pending crackdown on one of its key sources of revenue emerged earlier today. GVC, which recently acquired Ladbrokes Coral – the operator of the largest number of FOBTs across the UK, saw its shares go down 4.8% earlier today.

The B2 gaming machines or FOBTs represent UK’s second largest gambling sector. They generated gross gambling yield of £1.8 billion in the period between April 2016 and March 2017.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Spirit installs Europe’s first Interblock innovation

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Spirit installs Europe’s first Interblock innovation

In Germany, Spielbanken Bayern’s Casino Bad Steben is now home to Europe’s very first Dealer Assist Blackjack electronic table game (ETG), which has been installed by Spirit Gaming, Interblock’s distribution partner in Austria, Switzerland and Germany. Commenting on the acquisition, Director for Casino Bad Steben, Udo Braunersreuther, said, “This is exactly what we have been […]
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Wishwood Slots -- IGT

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IGT celebrated the recent launch of its online game Wishwood Slots by hosting Wishwood-themed customer events in Malta and Gibraltar.

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Lightning Box inks supply deal with Penn Interactive

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Lightning Box inks supply deal with Penn Interactive

A recently penned agreement will see online and land-based slot specialist Lightning Box provide its popular game content to Penn Interactive Ventures. Via the deal with the online RMG and social casino subsidiary of Pennsylvania-based casino and racetrack operator Penn National Gaming, Lightning Box’s games will first launch on social casino apps Hollywood Casino, Viva […]
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Monday, April 23, 2018

Top 10 random observations from a week in Las Vegas

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Casino City's Gary Trask returns from a week in Las Vegas with 10 thoughts and observations about the current vibe of the city and what the future has in store.
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Governor Rick Scott agrees Seminole Tribe of Florida gambling deal

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Governor Rick Scott agrees Seminole Tribe of Florida gambling deal

The Republican Governor for Florida, Rick Scott (pictured), has reportedly agreed a deal that would continue to give the Seminole Tribe of Florida the exclusive rights to offer banked card games such as blackjack across the southern state through to the conclusion of the 2019 legislative session. According to a recent report from the local […]
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