French Casinos Demand Tax Exemptions

20 million French people are affected by overnight curfews in cities from 9pm to 6am, which could continue until December 1

Te total closure of casinos and gaming clubs only worsens the already very fragile situation in the industry since the start of the crisis


Casinos closed in Ile de France and in eight French regional metropolises are awaiting the verdict of the State Council following an announcement from France's Economy and Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire that new measures in favour of companies affected by the curfews with new tax exemptions and a strengthening of the solidarity fund.

Whilst most are initially for two weeks, the curfews could last until December 1, but this requires a vote in Parliament. As well as Ile de France, the areas include Marseille, Lyon, Montpellier, Toulouse, Lille, Saint-Etienne, Grenoble et Rouen and Guadeloupe.

Te Minister of the Economy, Finance and Recovery asked the banks to examine a postponement of the repayment of loans guaranteed by the State for all companies in difficulty, in particular in the hotel and restaurant sectors, events and sport. “Everything that needs to be done will be done” to help companies “get through these weeks of curfew with the lowest possible economic impact,” he explained. Finally, state guaranteed loans

offered until December 31, 2020 will be extended for six months and available until June 30, 2021.

No measure directly affecting the Parisian casino or gambling club sector was mentioned by the Prime Minister or the Minister of the Economy. After having been systematically dismissed (with the exception of the Aix en Provence casino) by the administrative courts of the proceedings brought in interim relief, the casino groups have turned to the highest administrative body, challenging the second wave of closures.

Te association Casinos de France, which brings together 150 French casinos, out of the 202 in the sector, wrote to Prime Minister Jean Castex about the situation. Recalling that since the deconfinement, the rigorous sanitary conditions applied in the casinos have seen no clusters of infections in the casinos or clubs, Jean-François Cot, President of the union, said, adding that he was concerned about these decisions which reflect a lack of knowledge from the prefectural authorities.

Slovenia Spintec joins the Greenlogic programme

Spintec Gaming Technology has become the latest online casino game studio to join the Greenlogic Programme, the collaborative content development platform launched by Stakelogic.

Spintec will be the first developer to create live casino products in collaboration with Stakelogic; the former will take care of elements such as game concepts, specifications, gameplay and assets while Stakelogic will handle more technical aspects.

By joining the Greenlogic Programme, Spintec can continue to focus on developing its live casino games while gaining access to Stakelogic’s technical expertise and network of operator and aggregator partners.

Stephan van den Oetelaar, CEO of Stakelogic, said: “Spintec is just what we look for in the Greenlogicpartner; ambitious, skilled, passionate and above all

else understanding that the customer and the player must always come first. By working together, we will be able to create the most authentic live casino content in the market.”

Goran Sovilj, Managing Director of Spintec Nederland B.V., said: “Our partnership with Stakelogic is an important milestone for us as we look to further develop our live casino portfolio. We realise we need to work with a partner that can provide the technical expertise and operator network required to deliver our games to players in markets around the world.”

“Te Greenlogic Programme provides the best platform to do this, and by combining our experience and expertise in live casino game development with Stakelogic’s market-leading technical and integration capabilities, we will be a force to be reckoned with,” concluded Mr. Sovilj.


EGT Interactive is expanding its footprint into Denmark, releasing it best performing games in collaboration with long-term partner Videoslots. Videoslots has been operating in Denmark since 2019 and is the first operator to release EGT Interactive content. Danish players can now enjoy titles including: 20 Super Hot, Amazons Battle, Burning Hot, Rise of Ra, Shining Crown and many more. Todor Zahariev, Managing Director of EGT Interactive, commented: “We are extremely proud to add Denmark in our market portfolio. Our partner Videoslots is the first operator to release our great content for Danish players. Te games are already performing extremely well, exceeding our expectations. Tis is a huge accomplishment for both sides, and we are eager to see where this partnership will lead us in the future.”

SPAIN – Euro Games Technology continues to gain traction in the B2 gaming hall market in Spain. Soon after the company received certification for its respective products and made its first installations, it is now expanding its reach in the sector, delivering to two additional operators.

“In July and August we completed our setup work at Orenes Group’s gaming hall in Lleida and Repris Group’s Salon Sport, located in Barcelona,” commented Kristian Kostovski, director of EGT Spain. “We have worked with Orenes for years mainly for their casinos – land based and online. Now we are glad to be of service also for their B2 Saloon business and I hope that the recent installations will be the first of many to build on their image of one of the most impactful and respected participants in our industry.”

Repris Group is a new customer for EGT. It operates establishments in Catalonia and Valencia striving for the best quality of its services and so looking for the gaming machines that may secure it. “They chose us, as we have already achieved very good presence in Spain in the casino sector and because the design and ergonomics of our cabinets, the attractive graphics and sounds of our games and the user-friendly interface are standing out,” continued Mr. Kostovki. “So they expected our B2 Saloon products certification as an opportunity to start a partnership and I am confident that we will be able to meet their expectations.”

“It is just the beginning of our B2 Saloon market entry,” shared Mr. Kostovki. “Our products for the gaming halls are based on EGT’s casino proven approach and are tailored to the specifics of the market, so we are able to provide our customers with a high-performing solution.” The office in Spain keeps receiving an increasing number of inquiries for its B2 Saloon machines and has already scheduled a number of installations in establishments across Spain till the end of October.

GERMANY – Ahead of the opening of the German online market on July 15, 2021, starting on October 15 a ‘tolerance period’ has been established to allow operators and developers to engage with the market, provided that they fully adopt new regulatory measures.

SYNOT Games has confirmed that it is compliant with the new requirements, with more than 60 games from its portfolio available from the outset, including top titles such as Respin Joker and Book of Secrets, as well as all the newest releases from the company. Developers must be aware that any provider not matching the criteria of the new regulations may be indefinitely excluded from the future official licensing procedure.


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