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Dutch Arcades to Lose Gaming Machines? EMEA


Spain - Versus casino selects SYNOT Games SYNOT Games has announced the striking of a new partnership with Spanish online casino Versus, an Orenes Group subsidiary. A selection from SYNOT Games’ established portfolio of titles will be offered to Spanish players via the iforium platform.


Versus has chosen to integrate SYNOT’s most accomplished titles in the Spanish market, but also games from a newer batch including Hell Mania, Dragons of Fortune and Hot Afrika.


“Spanish players have had their fair taste of our games content and we are happy to provide them with more. Versus casino can provide players with new and exciting access to our content. We look forward to each player enjoying our games,” commented Matej Sopoci, Chief Product Officer at SYNOT Games.


Africa - Elbet widens BtoBet partnership Virtual sports supplier Elbet has strengthened its presence in Africa through an agreement with BtoBet. Elbet seeks to couple BtoBet’s presence in Africa with its own in both the retail and online markets. Flagship games, including Lucky Colours and Virtual Football, are popular in the region and have a loyal customer base. Both companies will work together to provide players with localised content for different regions across Africa.


“Elbet has a consummate knowledge of the African iGaming industry, particularly as regards the players’ content requirements. Their games not only reflect a player-centric approach, but also demonstrate a highly flexible solution based on local technology capabilities, encompassing device and Internet requirements,” commented Sabrina Soldà, BtoBet’s Chief Marketing Officer.


UK - Gamesys revenues rises 31 per cent Gamesys Group has reported strong performance in the third quarter of 2020 with total revenues increasing by 31 per cent to £190m compared to Q3 2019. Revenues in percentage terms increased by high double-digits in Asia and there was solid performance in the UK. In Europe, Spain continued to make progress and the US has maintained good momentum with double-digit top line growth.


During Q3, 'Monopoly Casino’ in Spain proved to be one of the most successful new brand initiatives in the history of the group. In the UK, ‘Rainbow Riches Casino’ delivered significant growth since its launch. The launch of Intercasino - a second brand into Japan - has also helped underpin the ongoing performance of Gamesys Asian-facing operations.


Germany - BetSoft meets game requirements Betsoft Gaming has announced that all requirements have been met and that its diverse portfolio of games is compliant with the new German regulatory requirements. Betsoft's Kai Botha, said: "Operators are required to comply with player protections guidelines, addiction prevention measures and the terms of each vertical to be ready for July 2021 at the latest. Betsoft has ensured that standard obstacles to regulation have already been overcome insofar as the October-December 2020 requirements have been met.”


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Dutch regulator Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) is backing a move to ban gaming machines from family arcades in a bid to reduce underage gambling


FEC Netherlands maintains that it is difficult to monitor and control gaming machines in venues that include skill games such as pinball etc.


THE NETHERLANDS OPERATIONS


FEC Netherlands, which represents approximately 70 per cent of arcade halls in Holland, has informed Dutch regulator Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) that measures will eventually lead to all machines with games of chance disappearing from arcade halls. In the meantime, slot machines with games of chance cannot be played by minors and no further machines with games of chance are to be installed. Members of FEC Netherlands are subject to an annual audit that examines compliance with the agreements listed in a letter from FEC Netherlands. Suppliers and non- members of FEC Netherlands are made aware of the development that has been initiated and are encouraged to comply. Within 10 years all amusement machines with a gambling element must be removed from the market.


FEC Netherlands said: “Responsible entrepreneurship and a focus on responsible gaming is one of the spearheads of FEC Netherlands. Our members only offer games that are legally approved and meet the legal standards that protect players. For example, agility machines require model permission and an operating licence. In addition, they are aware of the duty of care as an FEC to prevent addiction and develop an active prevention


policy. However, the vast majority of players have an afternoon of fun or a night out with a group of friends and stay within their own limits.


“A small proportion of players have more difficulty with this. Tese players have our care and attention. Our members know their responsibility and take their duty of care very seriously. Informing players, addressing gaming behaviour by employees who have been trained for this and referring to professional assistance is part of this.”


Te KSA added: “Te KSA had been in discussion with the industry on this topic for some time. In arcade halls, also known as amusement centres, there are often so-called fairground machines. Te Games of Chance Act makes an exception for these machines. Te legislator, who made this law in 1964, envisioned vending machines at travelling fairs and in amusement and holiday parks. Te risk of gambling addiction in places where people stay for a short time was considered small. Te exception means that no model permission (inspection) and operating permit are required for fairground machines. Te disadvantage of this is that proper supervision is not possible.”


Belgium Kindred acquires Rank’s Belgium casinos


Kindred has signed an agreement to acquire Blankenberge Casino- Kursaal (Blancas) NV, which operates Casino Blankeberge in Belgium, from Te Rank Group at a valuation of £25m on a cash free and debt free basis.


Te Rank Group Chief Executive, John O’Reilly, said the sale secures the next chapter for a great venue in Belgium: “As a standalone casino, the business was non-core to Rank’s international growth plans and the £25m sale proceeds supports the group’s liquidity and future growth initiatives.”


Te acquisition gives Kindred direct access to one of the nine casino licenses, which allows Kindred to continue to offer a broad offering to its Belgian customers. Blancas NV will be operated as a separate entity within the Kindred Group under the leadership of the current


management team led by Dominique De Wilde.


Blancas NV is the licence holder and operator of the Blankenberge casino, which is one of the nine land-based casinos operating in Belgium. Te company has been owned by Te Rank Group since 1998 and generated revenues of approximately €10m in the last 12 months leading up to June 2020, with an operating profit of approximately €3m. Blancas NV has recently renewed its concession with the city of Blankenberge and the 15-year concession starts in January 2021.


Kindred has had a long-term commercial partnership with Blancas NV, which dates back to 2012, concerning their ‘A+ licence’ that allows Kindred to offer online casino, live casino and poker to Belgian customers under the Unibet brand.


Germany


After an extensive licensing procedure, NOVOMATIC subsidiary ADMIRAL Sportwetten, based in Rellingen (Schleswig- Holstein), is one of the first private providers to be granted a sports betting licence by the Darmstadt Regional Council. Te company is now officially authorised to offer sports betting in the Federal Republic of Germany. “Te granting of this new sports betting licence once again confirms the high product quality and competence of the NOVOMATIC AG Group. Tis is the first time that the regulator has created a legally secure basis for private sports betting providers. It is an important step in order to be able to further expand our range of services, especially in the online and mobile sectors,” emphasised Jürgen Irsigler, MD of ADMIRAL Sportwetten.


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