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Loot Boxes Are Gambling, Top Video Game Titles Illegal, Say Dutch Authorities

Loot boxes are gambling says Dutch regulator

The Dutch gaming regulator Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) has said that loot boxes where rewards are determined by chance and prizes can be traded outside the game constitute illegal gambling and that many popular titles are currently breaking the law. The regulator said that developers have been told to adapt the games by June or face a…Read More

NFL Odds Released for Week One, Patriots Super Bowl Favorites

NFL odds Super Bowl prediction

NFL odds in Las Vegas and online were released for week one just hours after the league unveiled the 2018 regular season schedule. The champion Philadelphia Eagles kick off their title defense by hosting the Atlanta Falcons in the NFL season opener on Thursday night, September 6. The Westgate SuperBook has the Birds a 3.5-point…Read More

Gamers Loot Box, Skins Gambling Spend to Hit $50 Billion by 2022, Says Analyst

Clash Royale

A new report by Juniper Research suggests that consumer outlay on loot boxes and skins betting will rise 60 percent — to $50 billion a year by 2022 — and at least $48 billion of that will come strictly from loot boxes. Despite the backlash from the gaming community over the sudden preponderance of loot…Read More

South Korean Companies Fined $1 Million Over Deceptive Loot Box Odds

South Korea loot boxes fined

Three South Korean games developers, have been hit with fines totaling nearly $1 million for misrepresenting the odds used in their in-game loot boxes. According to the Korean Herald, the country’s largest games developer, Nexon Korea, received the lion’s share of fines – around $890,000 – for deceiving customers over the chances of winning virtual…Read More

Playtech Makes Billion-Dollar Bet on Italian Market with Snaitech Acquisition

Playtech to acquire Snaitech

Playtech will establish a dominant presence in the burgeoning Italian gambling market through its biggest ever acquisition. The British online gambling software provider and financial trading group announced Wednesday it will pay $1.05 billion in cash and debt to take over the reins of Snaitech, one of Italy’s largest gambling operators. As well as its biggest,…Read More

Swedish Gambling Monopoly Svenska Spel Not for Sale, Despite Sweeping Market Reforms

Svenska Spel not for sale

Sweden’s state-owned gambling monopoly Svenska Spel will not be privatized, despite the government’s plan to break up the longstanding monopoly by introducing a licensing system that would, for the first time, be open to private operators. The government published its full draft law on gambling on Monday, which has now been submitted to the country’s…Read More

Lawsuits Pile Up Against Social Casino Operators in Washington State in Wake of Big Fish Ruling

Big Fish Casino

A federal court ruling that Churchill Downs’ Big Fish Casino violated Washington State gaming laws has prompted a slew of class action lawsuits against other social games operators in the Evergreen State. Three new class action lawsuits were filed this week, levelling accusations of illegal gambling against Huuuge Games, DoubleDown Interactive, High 5 Games and Playtika. Last month,…Read More

Swiss Politician Claims Casino Bribed Him for Support in ISP Blocking Referendum

Swiss ISP blocking referendum

Swiss member of parliament Marcel Dobler claims he was offered a seat on the board of an unnamed land-based casino, a gesture he interpreted as a bribe for his vote in the country’s forthcoming referendum on blocking online gambling sites. Dobler, who represents the Free Democratic Party (FDP) had voted against the country’s controversial ISP…Read More

888 Holdings Challenges German Federal Court Over Right to Operate Online

Itai Frieberger’s 888 to challenge German court ruling

888 Holdings will challenge a German federal court ruling that ordered its German-language subsidiary to cease offering online gaming in the southwestern state of Baden Württemberg. The November ruling caused the company to consider leaving Germany entirely. At its most recent earnings call last month, 888 Holdings’ CEO Itai Frieberger said that while the court’s…Read More

PokerStars Blocks Play Money Games in Washington State, Federal Judgment Unnerves Social Gaming Industry

PokerStars blocks play-money in Washington

PokerStars has blocked free-to-play games in Washington State. According to the State Gambling Commission, the online poker giant is one of several providers of “freemium” social casino-style games that opted to withdraw services to state residents last week, following a federal court judgment on the legality of the Big Fish social casino app. On March…Read More

Blockchain Committee Chair Earle Hall of Axes Network Selected for Canada Gaming Standards Association

Earle G. Hall elected as first Chairman of the GSA’s Blockchain Committee.

The Gaming Standards Association (GSA) of Canada has chosen Earle Hall, CEO of Quebec-based AXES Network, to chair the organization’s new Blockchain Committee. Hall is a global gaming leader and was appointed to usher the GSA into the new era of blockchain technology. The GSA, celebrating its 20th anniversary, created the Blockchain Committee in early February,…Read More

PokerStars Ad Banned for Painting Recklessly Skewed Picture of Bluffing in Poker

PokerStars ad banned

The UK’s advertising watchdog has banned a TV ad spot for online poker giant PokerStars for implying that reckless bluffing can be a financially rewarding strategy for amateur players. The Advertising Authority said it felt the spot oversimplified the game in a way that might exploit inexperienced players. The commercial depicted a Texas hold’em home…Read More

Gibraltar-based 888 To Apply for Maltese License as ‘Brexit Back-up Plan’

888 could quit Gibraltar for Malta

Gibraltar-licensed 888 has declared its intention to apply for licensing in rival online gaming jurisdiction Malta, a reaction to the uncertainties that Brexit will inflict on the British overseas territory on the southern tip of Spain. “888 is not able to control political changes of this nature, however it is proceeding with its back-up plan…Read More

Beginner’s Luck: 18-Year-Old Wins $1K a Week for Life, Internet Gambler Wins $194K

beginner's luck lottery online gambling

A bit of beginner’s luck won two individuals considerable money this month and will make many others wonder why they haven’t been as lucky. In Quebec, Charlie Lagarde celebrated her 18th birthday by purchasing a bottle of sparkling wine and her first-ever lottery ticket. When she scratched off the game, Lagarde discovered she had just…Read More

Big Fish Casino Constitutes Illegal Online Gambling, Rules Federal Judge

Big Fish Casino loses case in Washington

In what could prove to be a landmark decision with troubling connotations for the social games industry, a federal judge in Washington state has ruled that social casino app Big Fish Casino constitutes illegal online gambling. Judge Milan D. Smith of the Ninth Circuit US Court of appeals said this week that the virtual play…Read More