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GLI® First Lab to Achieve Online Gaming, Wagering, and Retail Sports Betting Accreditation by the General Directorate of Casino Games and Slots Machines of Peru

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Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) is the first lab to achieve accreditation to test online gaming, wagering, and retail sports betting in Peru. The license expands a long-standing relationship between GLI and DGJCMT from beyond land-based testing to the fast-paced world of online gaming, wagering, and retail sports betting.

This accreditation formally approves GLI to test and audit the wide variety of online gaming and wagering offerings and retail sports betting under the new law and decree published in 2023.

“We are grateful to the DGJCMT for the clarity and transparency of this new accreditation process for Peru. With this accreditation, we are reconfirming our commitment with the regulator and the industry by being ready to fulfill their compliance needs to achieve the very important deadlines that this new regulation establishes for the industry to continue to operate and thrive. We can only expect Peru to become, once again, a regulatory model for the region and the world,” said GLI President & CEO James Maida.

“For the last 26 years, we have been privileged to witness the integrity and professionalism of the Peru regulatory entity through its leadership and professionals. It has been a regulatory model for many jurisdictions around Latin America because of its indisputable reputation and their thorough regulatory process, and because of the dedication of their team,” he added.

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The accreditation is the latest in a series of milestones for GLI in the region. GLI has been working with regulators and lotteries across the Latin American and Caribbean industry for more than 26 years. Specific to Peru, GLI has been providing a wide range of services since 1998, when GLI became the first laboratory accredited in the country and the first in Latin America. Peru was the first Latin American country to adopt technical standards and the certification process, establishing a formal laboratory accreditation process.

GLI celebrates the regulatory process that took place from its inception to its publication, following the tradition of public comments and meetings to consider feedback from industry stakeholders, resulting in a vanguardist, modern, and agile regulation. Not long ago, the DGJCMT, with the cooperation of the Peru gaming industry, achieved the interconnection of more than 80,000 gaming machines.

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ACMA Blocks More Illegal Gambling Websites

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The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has requested the Australian internet service providers (ISPs) to block more illegal gambling websites, after investigations found these services to be operating in breach of the Interactive Gambling Act 2001.

The latest sites blocked include Jogi Casino, Dundee Slots, Lucky Hunter, Lucky Wins, Lukki Casino, Spin Fever, Clubhouse Casino and Winport Casino.

Website blocking is one of a range of enforcement options to protect Australians against illegal gambling services. This action can be taken if a service is:

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  • providing prohibited interactive gambling services to customers in Australia (such as online casinos, online slot machines and services that allow in-play online sports betting)
  • providing an unlicensed regulated interactive gambling service to customers in Australia (such as online betting services that don’t have a valid Australian licence)
  • publishing ads for prohibited interactive gambling services or unlicensed regulated interactive gambling services in Australia.

Since the ACMA made its first blocking request in November 2019, 975 illegal gambling and affiliate websites have been blocked. Over 220 illegal services have also pulled out of the Australian market since the ACMA started enforcing illegal offshore gambling rules.

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Swedish BOS rejects the proposal “A new ban on gambling on credit”

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The Swedish Trade Association for Online Gambling (BOS) submits its statement to the Ministry of Finance on the memorandum “A new ban on gambling on credit”, in which a ban on credit cards for gambling is proposed.

BOS rejects the proposal. This is justified by Gustaf Hoffstedt, Secretary General of the Swedish Trade Association for Online Gambling, among other things through the proposal’s negative consequences on channelization.

If the government nevertheless goes ahead with the proposal, BOS proposes that the obligation not to mediate payments for gambling purposes be imposed on those issuing credit cards rather than on gambling operators. In this way, it will be prohibited for credit card issuers, under the supervision of the Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority (Finansinspektionen), to mediate payments via credit cards for all gambling companies, including illegal and/or unlicensed gambling companies. Almost half of the Swedish online casino market is unlicensed and/or illegal due to heavy restrictions of the licensed market.

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In the name of consumer protection Sweden should not add new restrictions on consumers that still place their bets on the legal gambling market. That is the main reason for us to turn this suggestion down. Should the government want to proceed with a credit card prohibition on gambling, we suggest that such restriction is directed not towards gambling operators but credit card issuers, since the latter are also serving the half of the market that is illegal and unlicensed, says Gustaf Hoffstedt.

 

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DGOJ Begins Work to Create Central Data Registry

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The Spanish gambling regulator DGOJ has initiated work on data administration policies and practices for the creation of a common centralised registry of gambling data. The registry would compile customer data from all Spanish-licensed gambling operators to provide a holistic view of activity.

DGOJ director general Mikel Arana has taken input from the Sectoral Commission, the General Assembly’s advisory body for policy and federal and directives. Initial discussions are focusing on improving data integration across public administrations and integrating the data into a comprehensive report on gaming activity.

Arana said: “The establishment of a centralised data registry will enhance the transparency and accountability of gambling operations in Spain. It will provide a robust framework for monitoring and ensuring compliance with the highest standards of responsible gaming.”

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The General Assembly ordered the creation of a central registry over a year ago through the Decree on Responsible Gambling Environments. It will allow the DGOJ to monitor gambling licensees’ activities and customer engagement. Operators will have to establish risk profiles for customers aged under 25.

The next stage will involve consultations with stakeholders, including operators. The DGOJ aims to finalise an implementation plan by the end of the year. The registry would come into effect in early 2025. The remaining know-your-customer measures of the decree will be introduced in 2025.

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