Brazil passes gaming regulation bill

Brazil passes gaming regulation bill

In another important milestone in the regulation of the Brazilian gaming industry, the Chamber of Deputies has approved a bill to regulate sports betting and online casino games. The approval follows an amendment to the legislation that limits the duration of licences costing over $6 million to a term of three years.

On September 13, just one day after the Chamber initially released its version of the legislation to have in place national regulation for fixed-odds betting, the lower house of Brazil’s Congress enacted an amended version of PL 3626/2023.

Instead of the five-year duration that was first planned, the bill’s rapporteur earlier in the day altered it to limit the term of license authorizations to three years and operators will incur annual licensing costs of more than US$2 million.

The issue of gross revenue from fixed-odds betting remains subject to a tax rate of 18 percent that rises to around 30 percent once other taxes are included. Industry stakeholders lobbying for a lower 8 percent tax rate and to have internet betting exempt from a 30% income tax on player gains over a specific threshold, remain unsuccessful. The good news for online betting operators is that the Chamber of Deputies’ last-minute plan to expand regulation of sports betting into all forms of online gambling remains largely unchanged. The previous version of the legislation for the regulating fixed-odds betting would have restricted the market exclusively to sportsbook operations. In its latest version, the bill also includes casino-style games.

Congressman Adolfo Viana.

What is next?

Congressman Adolfo Viana, the bill’s rapporteur, in reply to criticism by fellow congressmen taking a more conservative stance towards gambling expansion, said the issue is not whether to liberalise online gaming or not, but rather about regulating a market that is spread across all Brazil.

Now the bill passes to the Senate, where industry stakeholders will lobby for more favourable changes relating to taxes and other provisions. The Senate has just 45 days to vote on the bill.

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Ontario operators took CAD $6.04 billion (USD $4.4 billion) in bets in 2Q22, according to iGaming Ontario, which was presenting its second quarterly report since the market opened in April. According to the report, the total wagers stood at CAD $6.04 billion ($4.4 billion), not including promotional bets and bonuses. This represents approximately CAD $2 billion more than the CAD $4.07 billion bet in the first quarter. Ontario started its commercial iGaming market on April 4. Total gaming revenue came in at CAD $267 million ($192 million), 48% higher than CAD $162 million in the first quarter, and includes total cash wagers and all fees across all operators from July 1 to September 30, 2022. Player winnings derived from cash bets and operating costs, or other liabilities are not included in this amount. As of September 30, 2022, there were 24 operators and 42 gaming websites in total. Average player to spend approximately CAD $142 per month iGaming Ontario has a total of 628,000 active player accounts, meaning accounts with cash and/or promotional wagering activity. However, these accounts do not represent unique players, as users are enabled to have accounts with multiple operators. It is estimated that those players spend an average CAD $142 per month. The report includes all iGaming operators licensed with iGO from July 1 through September 30, 2022. As such, it does not include OLG’s iGaming offering. Ontario established itself as a leader in Canada by fully embracing iGaming, transforming it into a critical new market. Established in July 2021 as a subsidiary of the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO), iGaming Ontario brings online gambling experiences to the people of Ontario in a safer environment. According to the official website, the agency will sign commercial deals only with operators who meet rigorous game standards and operator integrity, fairness, protection, and social responsibility, allowing all players to play confidently. Join us: 14 - 18 November 2022 MALTA Being one of the first European countries to regulate the gaming sector, Malta is a hub of global business. The island is an obvious choice for SiGMA's presence in Europe and a strong foundation for the field's future. With a plethora of prospects for both investors and entrepreneurs looking to shape the future of this multi-billion dollar business, Malta Week will bring together industry giants among the affiliates, operators, and suppliers of the gaming sector. Our networking activities, including the extra cultural excursions, dinners, and networking drinks are solely open to Premium and Platinum ticket holders. Choose your ticket type here.  
Content Team 11 months ago
Sports betting in the US set to become big business this year
Brendan Bussmann, the director of government affairs with Global Market Advisors, a consultant who tracks state legislative action across the country, shares with SiGMA the latest in the US sports betting market By Buck Wargo, SiGMA US correspondent He told SiGMA that many of the US states are currently moving towards enacting new legislation to make up for the loss of state revenue from the pandemic. (more…)
Content Team 2 years ago
Penn National Gaming Partners with GTG Network for Barstool Sportsbook App Launch
GTG Network announced a partnership with Penn National Gaming, Inc. for its iSport Genius data insights and sports content to be part of  the eagerly-awaited new Barstool Sportsbook mobile app Penn National announced that the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (“PGCB”) has approved a live, real money test period for its Barstool Sportsbook  app in Pennsylvania from September 15-17.    (more…)
Content Team 3 years ago
Sports betting high on Minnesota’s legislative agenda
A recent amendment to Sen. Matt Klein’s sports betting legalisation bill has re-infused Minnesota's hopes of a statewide gambling expansion. 37 US states currently adhere to legislation that regulates and permits the operation of sports betting activities on various diverse levels. Minnesota is one such state which has as of yet been unable to follow suit. This amendment is another effort in the push to legalise sports betting at a state-wide level, with authors of the legislation passing a bill off the floor last year which would have seen Minnesotans over the age of 21 allowed to place bets at casinos or through online sportsbooks. Issues arose in the detail that Native American tribes were offered, as owners and operators of casinos, exclusive licences for sports betting activities. A factor that was not favoured by Republicans who preferred the bill to to consider race tracks, thus the proposal did not make it through the entirety of the legislature. Under the Senator’s amended plan, sports betting would be taxed at 10%, with 30% of this annual sum being allocated to a development fund for the state’s race tracks, capped at $20 million. In addition to this fee, the tracks will also split a further $3 million per annum. Tellingly Senator Klien expressed an optimistic stance stating “if people are motivated to get something done, then they will”. Despite Klein’s positivity however, the tracks are not so exuberant about the bill’s success, as they are currently seeking a more significant role in Minnesota’s gambling expansion. Representatives of 2 race tracks have spoken at a committee hearing against the bill. Ideally the race course could be permitted to offer sports betting themselves as CEO of Canterbury Park racetrack, Randy Sampson claims the 30% of tax revenue would not be even close to sufficient in compensating for their loss of direct revenue from offering their own track side sports book. Some have suggested that race tracks be permitted to operate other gambling related activities such as roulette craps to remunerate their losses. In addition to the race track’s pressure, the Executive Director of the Minnesota Indian Gaming Association testified that the casino’s support would remain unwavering even with the inclusion of the racetracks, at least in the form proposed by the amendment. In lieu of these complains and uncertainty Senator Klien made this subsequent statement:
We will continue to work with tracks to try to satisfy their concerns; that's not out of the question. But at the end of the day, each individual legislator needs to decide if they're willing to vote against a bill that is what Minnesotans are demanding.
[caption id="attachment_834366" align="alignleft" width="300"]Minneapolis, Minnesota. Minneapolis, Minnesota.[/caption] There is certainly a significant market within Minnesota for sports betting. In data provided by GeoComply, Minnesotans attempted to access sports books from states that have already achieved legalisation nearly 1 million separate times during this year’s NFL season and March Madness alone. There is still much navigating to be done in order to bring sports betting to Minnesota, however, at the same time there are many options and courses of action for legislators and policy makers to consider, making success a case of decision making and perhaps not so much of luck. SiGMA Americas SiGMA Americas is coming to Brazil this June. Don’t miss out on what promises to be an extraordinary event, with a wealth of industry-leading knowledge, innovative insights and a plentiful plethora of premium networking opportunities.
Content Team 5 months ago
Opportunities abundant in the Web3 space
Day 3 of the SiGMA Americas x Brazilian iGaming Summit (BiS) saw our delegates engaging with even more industry insights. The panel on diversifying through Web3 was no different, bringing great expertise and advice on moving into Web3 technologies and trading in cryptocurrencies in particular. Featuring four key speakers, the panel was hosted by Andres Meneses, the Founder of Crypto OGs, a podcast dedicated to understanding and supporting the industries surrounding Web3. Transitioning into the world of Web3 The expert discussion began with an insight into the speaker’s personal journeys, focusing on their individual transitions into the Web3 space. Guilherme Guimares was the first to contribute, beginning as a sports and entertainment professional, his first foray began with investing in cryptocurrencies. Diving in from this preliminary base, he then explained how he had seen a potential for the application of Web3 technologies into entertainment. Highlighting the COVID-19 pandemic, Guilherme saw the true possibilities, as there was a great need for better connections and audience engagement. A circumstance he would then answer when founding Block Four. The same question was then directed towards Euni Wong, who prior to her movements in the Web3 space, worked as a travel blogger. Similarly to Guilherme, Euni was professionally affected by the pandemic, starting in 2019. This would lead Euni into crypto-based trading, which would eventually prove to be a decisively more lucrative endeavour than her previous profession. This she highlighted with a comparison to traditional stock trading, a far less volatile and less lucrative undertaking. The discussion then moved to Gabriel Boni, a DJ and record label founder. His journey was perhaps a more deliberate movement towards Web3, as he began by providing scholarships for gaming, similarly induced by the pandemic. His work also involved leveraging the global nature of Web3 technologies and establishing a solutions centre in São Paulo to connect global entrepreneurs and musicians. This network also gave him multiple opportunities to organise projects such as festivals within the Web3 space. Arturo Cantera, a former cyclist who transitioned to the Web3 ecosystem, spoke of starting his own company. He highlighted the necessity of staying informed and being proactive to navigate the rapidly evolving crypto industry. How to trade in the Web3 space Having explored the various opportunities for professional diversification into Web3 technologies, Euni was then asked for some key insights into her field of impressive expertise, crypto trading. She made a heavy emphasis throughout the panel on the potency of crypto trading to garner substantial profits, focusing on her particular interest which was speculative trading.
Crypto trading would be the primary, or I would say, the easiest way for anyone who wants to enter it to make a lot of money.
This involves buying and selling cryptocurrencies to make quick profits predicated on price changes. Traders aim to capitalise on short-term price fluctuations but should be prepared for potential losses. Pinpointing the key factor in the volatility of cryptocurrencies, Euni stressed how taking risks at the cost of potential losses is something she enjoys and is something that should be revelled in as opposed to feared. She also touched upon staking and how this approach can be far more stable but offers a much lower return. An option she explained could be considered for more risk-averse investors. Staking in crypto trading involves holding and locking up cryptocurrency to support a blockchain network. It allows participants to earn rewards for validating transactions and contributing to network security. Diversification into Web3 gaming [caption id="attachment_860456" align="alignleft" width="300"]Opportunities abundant in the Web3 space. Gabriel Boni.[/caption] Aimed at Gabriel’s seasoned experience on the great benefits of Web3 in the gaming industry, Boni explained how participating in the crypto community allows you to transform and earn in various ways, as it offers a unique experience when compared to traditional games and platforms. This is achieved because it promotes decentralisation and autonomous organisation. By allowing communities to come together, for example in Discord channels, one fosters collaboration and global idea sharing, creating great potential for growth and connectivity. Web3 for artists and content producers Guilherme expressed how blockchain technology is a perfect fit for the entertainment industry, addressing issues like IP control and offering opportunities for fan participation and ownership. It provides dependable revenue streams and allows for tailored offers to individual fans. He emphasised the industry’s uncertainty, and that the focus should be on working, testing, and staying involved:
It's important to jump in, learn, and gather feedback from fans and audiences to keep progressing.
The future of Web3 Arturo then concluded the panel when the discussion moved to speculation about Web3’s future. He predicted the use of blockchain to preserve in-game events and to ensure inclusivity. This means that important moments and achievements within virtual worlds can be securely recorded on the blockchain, ensuring their long-term availability and immutability. This could have significant implications for the gaming industry, as it allows players to have a permanent record of their accomplishments and experiences, enhancing the overall gaming experience. Furthermore, Arturo believes blockchain will contribute to promoting inclusivity within Web3. By leveraging decentralised technology, equal opportunities for participation and ownership will be afforded to a diverse range of individuals. Check out the SiGMA Asia Summit – The next step in your iGaming journey After the successful completion of the inaugural SiGMA Americas and BiS Summit in São Paulo, Brazil, delegates can continue their journey into the iGaming industry with the upcoming SiGMA Asia Summit. Join us in Manila this July for a PAGCOR-endorsed event that offers an immersive exploration of the Asian and Philippine gaming markets. Engage in in-depth discussions on gaming regulation, industry trends, and future prospects. Connect with key regional and global stakeholders and gain valuable insights into the industry. Don’t miss this opportunity to be a part of the SiGMA Asia Summit in Manila.
Content Team 3 months ago
[WATCH] Colombia reinforces online gaming in bid to ensure a speedy recovery post-COVID
Juan Bautista Perez Hidalgo, President of Coljuegos, outlines his thoughts on the effects of the pandemic on the Colombian market in an exclusive interview to open SiGMA Americas Digital  Colombia's major gaming sector, localised games, is very much linked to the player culture in the country. Hildalgo mentions that “[localised gaming] has been hit hard by the pandemic because it has been practically closed for six months”. Rather than keep put and ride the pandemic out, many turned to online gaming and a new market was ergo untapped.   (more…)
Content Team 3 years ago
Casinos in Sinaloa await final authorisation to reopen
CANACO announced that Casinos in the state of Sinaloa are waiting for the final authorisation to return to their operations by the end of July Diego Castro Blanco, the president of Culiacán Chamber of Commerce, Services and Tourism (CANACO), has announced that the state of Sinaloa has been waiting for the final authorisation by the Mexican Government to finally reopen businesses related to casinos, gyms, bars and nightclubs in the state, and the permission is expected to be released in the late July.   (more…)
Content Team 3 years ago
Casino Club obtains operating permit for Rio Negro casinos
A 20-year operating contract is to be signed this October for the casino to operate three gaming halls: El Bariloche, el Bolsón and Jacobacci Casino Club will be the concessionary of the mentioned gambling halls, as it was the only bidder accepting the economic proposal. (more…)
Content Team 3 years ago
Florida man sparks controversy after winning ladies-only poker tourney
The recent victory of a man at a women's poker tournament in Florida has sparked a heated debate on social media. Controversy at Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown David Hughes, a 70-year-old resident of Deltona, Florida, emerged as the winner in the $250 buy-in Ladies No Limit Hold'em Re-entry event held during the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida. Hughes took home $5,555 in prize money after defeating Diana Chapton in the heads-up match. Despite the event drawing 83 entries, including 13 women, Florida law prohibits casinos from banning men from entering ladies' events, and Nevada has a similar policy. The incident has raised questions about gender identity and whether men should be allowed to participate in women's tournaments. The Ladies event at the World Series of Poker has a steep buy-in of $10,000, but women are given a 90% discount to discourage men from participating. Hughes's presence at the final table caused a stir, prompting professional poker player Ebony Kenny to set a $300 bounty on him via Twitter. Other members of the poker community matched her bounty, and it ultimately reached over $2,000, but nobody claimed it. In certain poker tournaments, a bounty system is in place to incentivize players to knock out their opponents. Depending on the tournament's rules, the reward could be for eliminating a specific player or any player. The reward is usually in cash, rather than tournament chips. While bounties are not a common feature in professional tournaments, they do occur from time to time. Bounties are more frequently found in smaller or charitable tournaments. Kenny and other poker professionals criticised Hughes for entering the tournament, and British pro Charlie Carroll added to the conversation, making light of the idea that anyone could identify as a woman and compete in women's events. This is not the first time a man has won a women's tournament; in 2009, Abraham Korotki, a former WSOP Circuit Event Champion, won the $300 buy-in women's event. Be a part of the action at SiGMA Americas in Sao Paulo, Brazil this June The SiGMA Americas Summit is your chance to immerse yourself in a dynamic industry that is filled with new opportunities and cutting-edge innovations. The summit promises to provide top-notch industry insights, as well as a plethora of high-quality networking opportunities that you won't want to miss out on.
Content Team 5 months ago
Amendment 77 Could See Coloradans Betting Bigger And Higher
Casino operators — including Monarch — are backing the campaign supporting the ballot measure

Casinos in the State of Colorado are pushing for an amendment to the constitution in order to pave the way and attract the high rollers that typically leave Colorado to gamble elsewhere.

Content Team 3 years ago
Rappi Apuestas to connect thousands of players in Colombia
Rappi Apuestas - the new betting and gaming initiative, authorised by ColJuegos Rappi, the on-demand delivery app headquarted in Colombia, has just announced its new “Rappi Apuestas”, the new betting and gaming initiative by the company with which they will be able to gain access to operators authorised by ColJuegos, the Colombian regulatory body, and bet in its related services. (more…)
Content Team 3 years ago
James Siva: Powering the Californian economy
Chairman at the California Nations Indian Gaming Association, James Siva has leveraged tribal leadership to his advantage, protecting tribal sovereignty by giving it a strong edge in what has been a rapidly evolving industry. In an exclusive interview with Maria Debrincat, he explains how CNIGA is set to take the industry by storm.   What is CNIGA's aim and purpose? CNIGA, which is the largest regional tribal gaming association in the United States, is dedicated to the protection of tribal sovereignty by ensuring tribal governments have the right to conduct Indian gaming on federally-recognised Indian lands. It is a trade association that acts as a planning and coordinating agency for legislative, policy, legal, and communications efforts on behalf of its members and serves as an industry forum and repository of institutional information and resources. How are CNIGA's executive committee members equipped to push the organisation forward?  As an organisation that is currently made up of 40 tribal governments, it is critical that our executive committee properly reflect the unique composition of our member tribes so that all members feel heard and represented. The executive committee is comprised of four elected officers, and four elected at-large members representing the North, South, East, and Central districts. In addition, we have an ex-officio position for an associate member representative. The strength of diversity represented within our executive committee allows for meaningful discussions and ideas that benefit the membership as a whole. California is a large and diverse State and the CNIGA executive committee reflects and embraces that uniqueness. Our executive committee members, as well as many delegates of the general membership, serve on their own tribal councils and are skilled leaders in their own communities. Their experience is the lifeblood of CNIGA and guides us as an institution. Having an associate member representative on the executive committee also provides the leadership with insight from our industry partners which helps to further strengthen our partnerships with entities that do business in Indian Country. How is Tribal gaming acting as a powerful economic engine for the Californian economy? Being rooted in specific lands, often in some of the more economically challenged parts of the state, has allowed tribal government gaming to jump-start economic activities in areas that have long struggled. After 20-plus years of growth, many tribes now are the largest local employers in their areas. In terms of jobs alone, according to the California Employment Development Department, California tribal governments employed 57,800 individuals. As a point of comparison, that’s 10,000 more jobs than the pharmaceutical/medicine manufacturing industry employs in California. The overwhelming majority of tribal employees are not tribal members and are drawn from the local communities. Often, these were people who had to leave their communities to find employment or apply for unemployment benefits. Now, with tribal government gaming, tribes are able to create good, well-paying jobs, in areas that would have never seen this type of employment opportunity. And, most importantly, these jobs will never be moved out of State or overseas. What is CNIGA doing in protecting the sovereign right of California tribes to operate gaming on their lands? CNIGA’s sole purpose is the protection of tribal government gaming rights, so everything we do as an association is focused on this goal. Some of the key strategies we employ are:
  • Legislative outreach to elected officials and candidates running for office.
  • Public awareness campaigns.
  • Following legal challenges to tribal sovereign rights, and when necessary, filing amicus briefs.
  • Providing a forum for tribal leaders and industry partners to engage and discuss issues.
What attracted you to join CNIGA? My tribe, the Morongo Band of Mission Indians, is one of the founding members of CNIGA, which formed long before my time in tribal leadership. It was during the late 1980s when my tribe and the Cabazon Band of Mission Indians sued the State of California over our inherent gaming rights. That case is now known as California v. Cabazon which led to Congress ultimately passing the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA). Morongo’s involvement reflects the continued faith that we have in CNIGA as an effective institution to protect tribal sovereignty. What's next for tribal gaming?  Well, at least in California, it seems that sports wagering and the tribal government gaming industry’s part in that is the next issue. Here in California, the voters will weigh in this November with up to three ballot measures possibly heading for the ballot. Two of these initiatives are sponsored by tribal governments, with the third being sponsored by out-of-state corporate operators. At the moment, only one ballot initiative has qualified for the November 2022 ballot.  While California tribes are not in unison on a path toward online sports wagering, there is absolutely no question that Indian Country is united in their fierce opposition to any corporate attempt to legalise online gambling or sports wagering in California. Join us in Belgrade, Serbia from the 22-25th August:
The Balkans have been sought after by both tasteful tourists and entrepreneurs with an eye on the growing iGaming ecosystem calling the region home. As the home to the global Gambling community, the SiGMA Conference is known far and wide for its enlightening panels, inspiring speeches, ample opportunities to invest and network, and the ability to do it all while having the time of your life. Join us in Belgrade for the best the industry has to offer and for a window into the future of worldwide gambling. To learn more about sponsorship and speaking opportunities or to inquire about attending the event, please contact Sophie at [email protected].
Maria Debrincat 1 year ago
Elvis Frog to perform in Hawaii: BGaming to release a sequel of its most popular title
The Elvis Frog in Vegas slot, released in May 2020, a true hit and favourite game for many players worldwide

BGaming is going to release a sequel of its most popular title! The slot called Aloha King Elvis! will be launched in July!

Content Team 2 years ago
AGA’s key changes to responsible marketing code for sports betting ads: A proactive approach to responsible gambling
The American Gaming Association (AGA) has recently made significant updates to its Responsible Marketing Code for Sports Wagering The changes aim to promote responsible gambling practices and protect consumers, particularly minors and vulnerable populations. In this article, we will explore the key changes to the code and their implications for the sports betting industry. Prohibition of targeted advertising to minors and self-excluded individuals One of the main changes to the AGA's code is the prohibition of targeted advertising to individuals under the legal age for sports wagering (21 years or older in most US jurisdictions) and those who have self-excluded from gambling activities. This measure is designed to protect minors from exposure to sports betting advertisements and prevent relapses among problem gamblers who have chosen to self-exclude.

Mandate against suggesting gambling as a financial solution or path to success

Another significant update to the code is the mandate that advertisements for sports wagering should not suggest that gambling can be a solution to financial problems or a path to success. This change aims to discourage irresponsible gambling behavior and prevent misleading advertisements that could potentially exploit vulnerable individuals facing financial difficulties.

Avoiding depictions of irresponsible or excessive gambling behavior

The AGA's updated code also requires that advertisements should avoid any depiction or suggestion of irresponsible or excessive gambling behavior. This provision is intended to prevent the normalisation of harmful gambling practices and encourage responsible gambling habits among consumers.

Prohibition on "Risk-Free" bet promotions

As part of the AGA's commitment to responsible marketing practices, the updated code includes a prohibition on "risk-free" bet promotions. "The AGA's prohibition on 'risk-free' bet promotions is a positive step towards ensuring that consumers are protected from potentially harmful marketing tactics,” says industry expert Mike Lukas. “By prioritising responsible marketing practices, the industry can promote a safe and enjoyable betting experience for all."

Promoting responsible gambling and providing resources

In addition to the restrictions on advertising content, the updated code encourages operators to promote responsible gambling in their marketing materials and provide information about available resources to address problem gambling. This initiative seeks to raise awareness of the potential risks associated with sports betting and ensure that consumers have access to the necessary support services if they encounter gambling-related problems.

Voluntary compliance and industry best practice

Although the AGA's Responsible Marketing Code for Sports Wagering is voluntary, it is considered an industry best practice. Member organisations are expected to adhere to its provisions, demonstrating their commitment to responsible gambling and consumer protection.

The role of technology in responsible gambling

With the rapid growth of the online sports betting industry, technology has an increasingly important role to play in promoting responsible gambling. Tools such as geolocation, age verification, and self-exclusion databases can help ensure that sports betting remains a safe and enjoyable activity for consumers. Innovative solutions like artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms can also be employed to detect patterns of problem gambling behavior and notify operators, enabling them to take proactive measures to support at-risk individuals. As the industry continues to evolve, the adoption of cutting-edge technology will be essential in ensuring a responsible and sustainable future for sports betting.

The impact of the updated code on the sports betting industry

The key changes to the AGA's Responsible Marketing Code are expected to have a significant impact on the sports betting industry. Operators will need to review and update their advertising strategies to ensure compliance with the new guidelines, potentially leading to shifts in marketing budgets and tactics. Furthermore, these changes may contribute to fostering a more responsible gambling culture among consumers, ultimately benefiting the industry as a whole.

Challenges facing the sports betting industry

Despite the positive steps taken by the AGA to update its Responsible Marketing Code, the sports betting industry still faces a number of challenges in promoting responsible gambling practices. One such challenge is the need for ongoing education and training for industry professionals. Ensuring that employees at all levels understand the importance of responsible gambling and are equipped to identify and respond to potential problem gambling behavior is essential to maintaining a safe betting environment. Another challenge facing the industry is the constantly evolving nature of the online sports betting landscape. As new technologies and platforms emerge, operators must stay ahead of the curve and adapt their responsible gambling strategies accordingly. This may include collaborating with technology providers and researchers to develop innovative solutions for identifying and mitigating gambling-related harm. Mike Lukas from highlighted to SiGMA News "The AGA's prohibition on 'risk-free' bet promotions is a positive step towards ensuring that consumers are protected from potentially harmful marketing tactics. By prioritising responsible marketing practices, the industry can promote a safe and enjoyable betting experience for all." Furthermore, the sports betting industry must navigate the complex regulatory environment surrounding advertising and consumer protection. As different jurisdictions have varying regulations and requirements, operators must be diligent in ensuring compliance across all markets in which they operate. This may necessitate the allocation of additional resources to legal and compliance departments, as well as ongoing monitoring of regulatory changes and industry best practices.


The American Gaming Association's recent updates to its Responsible Marketing Code for Sports Wagering demonstrate a proactive approach to addressing the potential risks associated with sports betting advertising. By promoting responsible gambling practices and protecting vulnerable populations, the AGA is taking a crucial step towards ensuring a sustainable and responsible future for the sports betting industry in the United States. However, the journey towards responsible gambling is an ongoing process, and the industry must continue to adapt and innovate in order to meet the challenges of the rapidly evolving sports betting landscape. By prioritising consumer protection, embracing technological advancements, and collaborating with stakeholders across the industry, sports betting operators can help ensure that their products and services remain both enjoyable and safe for consumers.
Content Team 4 months ago
[WATCH] A country of growth and extreme poverty: the dichotomy within the Mexican market
SiGMA FOCUS Mexico brought together leading experts in the industry to discuss the virtues and challenges facing the Mexican gambling market.  The discussion was moderated by Kym Sleezerthe CEO of Triple Ripple Group, a company that is dedicated exclusively to the gaming industry, Cris Matuz, COO of Ganabet Mexico, as well as Enrique Romero, the commercial director of NetBet braised the panel.  A country of growth and extreme poverty: the dichotomy within the Mexican Market (more…)
Content Team 3 years ago
Casinos in Nuevo León up their capacity 20%
Restaurants, cinemas, shopping centers and casinos were able to  increase their capacity from 30% to 50%, as announced by the state governor, Jaime Rodríguez Calderón This increase will be applied to all customers except the vulnerable individuals, and will be applied not only in the mentioned installations but religious worship centers, gyms, hotels, public and private parks, tattoo parlors, spas, museums, theaters, auto-circuses, event halls, and farm rentals too, among other similar venues. [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="300"]casinos Jaime Rodríguez Calderón[/caption] On the other hand, Horse races, clubs, night clubs, bars and billiards, day care centers, public pools, stadiums and face-to-face classes and children's party rooms will remain closed. Recreational sites for elderly people and children could be contemplated to reopen if the indicators on the decrease of need of occupation in intensive care beds improves as its been doing until now. In a press conference about the matter, to which the Secretary of Health, Manuel de la O Cavazos and the Secretary of Economy, Roberto Russildi also attended, Jaime Rodríguez Calderón (seen on the left) said 'The fact that we are opening businesses does not mean that we have already solved the problem; we are opening them because people need to work (..) Right now, at this moment, 90% of the businesses in Nuevo Leon are open, all the plants, the factories, the workshops (..) We will see how we can have special confined, but sanitized places for children and older adults. It is ungracious what we are doing with the elderly, many have sent me messages asking us to open the possibility for them.' SiGMA Calendar:   SiGMA Americas and AIBC Digital Summit were launched with great success in the past week, pushing the shifting grounds of the gaming industry towards LatAm and discussing the current developments in digitalisationIn a first for SiGMA, both the gaming and the tech segments of the conference were offered in 3 languages, English, Spanish and Portuguese.    SiGMA will launch its next series of events in 2021, with SiGMA Europe headlining next year's calendar. Inaugural summits in Asia and Americas are also set to dominate the year, with SiGMA Asia launching in May 2021 and SiGMA Africa in 2022! Explore the full agenda here and register now! 
Content Team 3 years ago
Conajzar urged for transparency on unclaimed prizes
Paraguay's Senate Chamber has recently approved a request from Conajzar to share details about unclaimed prize money from 2015 The request, coming from Senator Abel González, asks for the statistics and information regarding unclaimed prices, and where the regulator directed the unassigned money, as well as whether or not it has been sent to charities. (more…)
Content Team 3 years ago
Pivotal panels at the SiGMA Americas-Brazilian iGaming Summit
The Brazilian gaming landscape is shifting at a sensational pace, with new regulatory legislation bringing many diverse sectors into a market bursting with potential. The inaugural SiGMA Americas-Brazil iGaming Summit takes place 14 - 18 June. [caption id="attachment_852702" align="alignleft" width="300"]São Paulo, Brazil. São Paulo, Brazil.[/caption] The expo delivers a wealth of industry-leading knowledge along with a plethora of premium networking and entrepreneurial opportunities to the diverse, tropical shores of São Paulo. The paramount event will see several insightful panels take centre stage, providing key thoughts and analysis of the soon-to-be industry giant emerging from the world’s fifth-largest nation, providing attendees with all the acuity to maximise their opportunities by successfully traversing the shifting terrain. Some of these incisive insights can be seen at our key panels taking to the stage throughout the event, here are some of the most eye-catching offerings heading to Brazil this June. Lottery In Brazil: Current Affairs and New Trends The Misdemeanour Criminal Act (MCA) 1941 made almost all gambling illicit, with the lottery being made one of the salient exceptions. This has made it one of the most diverse and well-developed industries in the South American nation’s gaming sector. The legalisation of alternate forms of gambling means the future of the lottery and its operators will have to undergo a mass shakeup, which will see the effects be returned throughout the sector. The panel participants will include 2 key regulators in the Brazilian lottery sector, Francisco Petrônio, the Lottery Superintendent for the Brazilian state of Paraíba, and Jhontas Mendes Silva who is the Director of Lotteries for the northerly state of Maranhão. Debate - The Future of The Industry In Brazil In a change of structure, this debate will dynamically dissect the variety of gambling, betting and iGaming options that are set to become available in the coming months. The shifting sector has many surprises and unpredictable movements in store and thus provides a superb opportunity for an engaging discussion. The strategic introduction of numerous entities into the gaming sector in Brazil could yield a plethora of outcomes in the way the market can be scaled, the innovations that will be spawned and the creative integration of tried and proven aspects from successful foreign business models. Wesley Cardia, the CEO of Associação Nacional de Jogos e Loterias (ANJL), an association inaugurated just this year, will comprise one-half of the debate. Global Expectations for The Industry in Brazil The iGaming sector in particular has been of importance to the multi-billion dollar, Brazil-facing offshore industry; despite being illegal when based within Brazilian borders. The much-anticipated legalisation of this industry leaves operators with many choices and decisions to be made regarding how best to maximise the new sector - which by many accounts is poised to become one of the globe’s largest and most significant markets. This panel will benefit from the key knowledge and thought processes of 4 C-level executives, which will also garner the audience a comprehensive understanding of how the industry’s shiny new infrastructure is set to be constructed. All this and much more will be given an influential platform at the SiGMA Americas Summit from the 14th to the 18th of June, at the Transamerica Expo Centre in Sao Paulo, Brazil. To have an opportunity to speak at any of our upcoming summits, in Manila, Limassol or Malta apply here!
Content Team 4 months ago
Playtika cuts 15% of staff, CEO to take a pay reduction
Playtika Holdings said it will cut 15 percent of its global staff and close down three projects to position the Israel-based gaming company for the future. At the same time, CEO Robert Antokol requested a cut in his base salary next year and for 2024 to the minimum level under Israeli law. The board’s remuneration committeee accepted the proposal, the company said in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Antokol gave news of the job cuts in an email to employees, filed with the SEC.  “The news I share with you today is difficult,” he wrote. “After intense deliberation, we have decided to reduce our workforce by about 15 percent, saying goodbye to wonderful and talented colleagues and friends. This decision has not come easy, yet we think it necessary to best position Playtika for the future.” Antokol said the company will wind down non-core initiatives and consolidate studios for greater efficiency. It will also centralise the evaluation of new game concepts through its creative team at Wooga. Three current titles have been removed from the pipeline, it said.  In total just over 600 staff have been affected by the cuts.  For 3Q22, the company posted revenue of $647.8 million, just slightly higher than the $635.9 million reported the prior year.  Adjusted EBITDA fell to $230.7 million, down from $247.8 million the prior year.  Last month, Playtika announced it would buy a $25 million minority stake in Turkey’s Ace Games as part of a strategy to invest in high-growth potential games in a cost-effective way. 
Content Team 10 months ago
Meet Canada’s newly licensed operators on SiGMA Americas’ expo floor
SiGMA Americas is excited to announce that several brands awarded licences to operate in the newly launched Canadian market, will be making it to the expo floor during the Summit. Various companies listed below were among the ones that have begun offering their comprehensive suite of online casino services in Ontario, Canada's freshly regulated online gambling sector. [caption id="attachment_555299" align="alignleft" width="239"]Expo Floor - SiGMA Americas SiGMA Americas' expo floor[/caption] The approval of Bill C-218, which legalises single-game sports wagering in Canada, coincides perfectly with our next event in Toronto, leading some of these iGaming brands to exhibit with us. The debut of Ontario's regulated iGaming market, followed by statewide regulated sports betting and iGaming, is a watershed moment in the worldwide business, and SiGMA aspires to be a centre and platform for this expansion. SiGMA offers businesses a one-of-a-kind platform to increase brand success via meaningful interactions and engagement. Companies exhibiting with us at the forthcoming summit in Toronto will have the opportunity to meet a sizable target audience in one day, shortening the time needed to close a sales lead. People in today's environment prefer honest and genuine experiences and potential buyers are more likely to believe a genuine person in front of them than online ads. This is where we enter the picture. Toronto is the ideal location for SiGMA's expansion in North America, serving as a hub for networking and business development in the region's land-based, iGaming, sports betting, and other related sectors. Meet some of the industry's top players showcasing with us this June. GG Poker GGPoker, which debuted in 2014, has brought a slew of new features to gamers eager to have a good time while playing poker online. These options include straddling any sum, peeking your hole cards, and purchasing insurance while all-in. Texas Hold'em and Omaha are among the popular poker variants, as are Rush & Cash, Flip & Go, Spin & Gold, and All-In or Fold. The brand provides online poker tournaments to suit all preferences, from freerolls to high roller tournaments, Bounty Hunters to Sunday majors, and everything in between. Betway Betway offers both a sportsbook and an online casino. Many sports, including soccer, American football, and basketball, have competitive betting opportunities. They also provide a diverse range of specialist sports such as table tennis and snooker. All of the popular esports are also available on their website. Betway's casino offers an even better selection of slots, table games, and live dealer games than most other online casinos. The search option makes it easy to navigate the casino since combing the pages for a certain game can be time-consuming. Mountbet is powered by Betfair, one of the world's largest and best-betting exchanges, and offers new levels of trade to users who establish an account. Their website was created with gamers in mind to provide the greatest online gaming experience possible. Any player who opens an account with us will be able to take advantage of not only generous promotions and bonuses, but also low commissions, a wide range of bets, competitive odds, high liquidity, and excellent customer service with live chat so that you can get help whenever you need it if you have a problem. Mountbet provides bettors with quick payouts and large withdrawals. They even have a mobile betting app so you can check your account while on the go. Karamba Since its inception in 2005, Karamba Games has maintained an impeccable reputation. It continues to impress with a video slot selection unlike any other, which is the real money casino's core strength. Karamba, which is regulated by the UKGC and the MGA, makes a wonderful first impression with the large assortment of casino games, and their sportsbook is no exception. Around 900 slot games from NetEnt, NextGen, Microgaming, Play'n GO, Pragmatic Play, and NeoGames are available at Karamba's online casino. Karamba also has a sportsbook, which is a new addition to the website providing a diverse selection of sports to wager on. eBET eBET, a well-known Asian gaming business, has grown into a global brand since its inception in 2012. Through eBET casino, the platform is known for providing a wide range of live casino games to other online casinos and players. Due to its dependability and good reputation, eBET Malaysia is without a doubt one of Asia's most popular online casinos. eBET focuses on providing consumers with the finest gaming experience possible, from the website to gaming items to live dealers. The brand also has all of the required certifications and licences to operate. XR Casino XR Casino is a Metaverse-ready technology firm with a patent-pending solution that allows casinos and sports betting companies to participate in the rapidly developing online gaming sector. Through an immersive extended reality experience, the business is introducing its cross-technology platform to the realm of online gaming by sending the casino floor to almost any smartphone, mixed reality device, or VR headset. Does your company offer a service or product that is critical to the gaming, tech, or affiliation industry? Reach out to register or exhibit at our next SiGMA Summit in Toronto. Join us for SiGMA Americas – Toronto: Toronto is the perfect hub for SiGMA’s growth in North America, making it a nexus of networking and business development in the region with regards to land-based, iGaming, sports betting, and more. Playing host to a massive iGaming industry, Toronto will be the home for the SiGMA Group’s initiative to link the industry pioneers of the continent together for 3 days of networking, workshops, and awards. To learn more about sponsorship and speaking opportunities or to inquire about attending the event, please contact Sophie on [email protected].
Maria Debrincat 1 year ago