Top Sport handed €25,000 fine in Lithuania

Top Sport handed €25,000 fine in Lithuania

Top Sport, a gambling operator in Lithuania, has been fined €25,000 for allowing a person who had self-excluded from gambling to access its gambling website. The breach was identified in March 2023 when the individual notified the Lithuanian Gaming Control Authority that they had been able to access their account after registering with the country’s self-exclusion scheme.

What happened?

An investigation by the regulator found that the player had self-excluded on 31 October 2022. However, the individual gambled online with Top Sport on 11 November and again on 22 November. Furthermore, the Authority noted that the player was allowed to remain logged in to their Top Sport account after self-excluding. Article 10(21) of Lithuania’s Law on Gambling requires licensees to block access to anyone who has signed up to the country self-exclusion scheme. This included stopping them from logging in to their account. As such, the regulator ruled Top Sport breached this law and issued the fine.

Top Sport breaches

This is not the first time that Top Sport has been fined for regulatory breaches. Earlier this year, Top Sport was handed three separate fines in one week by the Authority amounting to €55,000. The first €25,000 fine was for allowing underage individuals to enter one of its slot locations. The following day, Top Sport was slapped with a €15,000 fine for mobile betting regulations breach. The third fine amounted to €15,000 for a breach related to payments and deposits into an online account.

What is self-exclusion?

Self-exclusion is a process that allows individuals to request a gambling operator to exclude them from gambling with them for a set length of time. It is a tool used by those who have recognized that their gambling is harmful to them and wish to be supported to stop gambling. Self-exclusion means that the individual will be refused service from these venues and websites. By law, gambling businesses must offer this option.

The duration of self-exclusion can range from six months to five years, depending on the jurisdiction. The individual can take active steps to remove themselves from gambling, whether online or in a premises. However, responsibility for sticking with this lies with the individual, but the gambling operator is expected to do all they reasonably can to prevent the individual from gambling.

It is worth noting that self-exclusion is not a foolproof method of preventing problem gambling. Previous data have demonstrated that many gamblers breach their own self-exclusion, typically through other online services outside the jurisdiction in which they are self-excluded.

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Gain in traction for betting activity Betting has always been popular with television shows that have a competitive element such as the Eurovision. However with the waning interest in the Eurovision over the last ten years, there has also been a marked decline in betting during the show, once a much-awaited event by tv audiences. While Eurovision and some other shows have typically experienced a downturn in betting interest, other TV programmes are clearly seeing an increase in traction in recent years. There are a number of other UK reality tv shows sponsored by William Hill such as BBC Sports Personality of the Year and Love Island. William Hill is also offering tips on what kind of behaviour to expect from contestants of the show. The show's fans and seasoned tv audiences were therefore not surprised when William Hill announced the partnership with the South Africa series of this show, its first series filmed in South Africa. William Hill promises exciting content, exclusive interviews and great betting tips during the duration of the series which will conclude in three weeks' time. Recovery after a record-breaking fine William Hill recently was hit with a record-breaking £23.9 million penalty by the UK Gambling Commission. It has been an eye-opening experience for the company. After such a huge financial loss as a result of the fine, the Company is working on avoiding any similar reputational risks in the future. Partnering with a much-loved, high profile show will certainly help William Hill's customers gain confidence in the brand. The good publicity through its partnership with the tv show will bring back the company's positive exposure to the forefront. I’m A Celebrity South Africa I’m A Celebrity: South Africa started to air on Monday this week. The show will continue to air each weekday at 9pm GMT via ITV in the UK and is also available online for international audiences. The series will go on for three weeks, with a grand finale on Friday, 12 May. There will be many more celebrities taking part in the series but viewers will have to watch to find out who they are and when they will enter camp. Related topics: Overcoming identity verification in Brazilian gaming sector SiGMA Insight: Paving the way for ESG in the gaming sector SiGMA Insight: Gaming in Thailand STOP PRESS:  SiGMA Americas – World iGaming Festival will take place in Sao Paolo from 14 -18 June.  
Lea Hogg 5 months ago
Spelinspektionen authorises new measures to protect gamblers
Swedish gambling regulator, Spelinspektionen, has been authorised the utilisation of some new measures as a component of the Nordic nation’s efforts to protect the public from all threats derived from illicit gambling activity through stringent regulatory action. Under this new directive the Spelinspektionen will be allowed to purchase gambling services under an anonymous circumstance in order to improve standards and test fail safes with regards to the operation of gambling activities. On the other side of the coin, payment service providers will be permitted to block various transactions such as bets and payment of winnings to and from unlicensed gaming companies as part of these regulatory alterations. Additionally gaming companies will be obliged to disclose any information regarding their activities to the police in connection with any gambling related criminal investigations. These include most notably, the threat of money laundering and gambling addiction. Attempts have also been made within the framework of these modifications to protect professional sport from the long standing issue of match-fixing. As a result, the storage and dissemination of personal data will be accommodated for. These enactments come in lieu of the recently announced plan from the Swedish government to encourage greater regulatory collaboration between Spelinspektionen and Finansinspektionen, Sweden’s financial supervisory authority. This collaboration is being motivated in the hopes that these regulatory bodies can, together, enhance the ongoing efforts to ensure greater control and observation related to monetary transactions derived from gambling operations. In their initial call for this particular co-operation, the Swedish government made reference to new powers that had been issued and made light of the powers that were to follow, including the dual actions highlighted in this article. The Spelinspektionen director, Camilla Rosenberg, made this statement on the matter:
The strengthened cooperation with the financial supervisory authority will provide good conditions for all tools to be used efficiently, which we see as positive.
[caption id="attachment_840898" align="alignleft" width="300"] Sveriges riksdag, Stockholm, Sweden.[/caption] To support this new push towards regulatory improvement, the Swedish government also confirmed that a funding boost would be afforded to Spelinspektionen to aid the strengthening of their powers. The figure estimated at something close to SEK2.4 million formed part of the spring 2023 budgetary amendment which is expected to be passed in June. This push comes as a direct result of the Enhanced Gambling Regulations Bill, passed into law back in November. Seeking to alter the landscape of Swedish gaming in its entirety, which regardless of result will most certainly require effective and timely regulatory protections for problem gamblers. SiGMA Europe SiGMA Europe will return this November, promising to be bigger and better than ever. Bringing a wildly diverse wealth of knowledge, industry leading innovations and insights along with a phenomena of premium networking opportunities.
Content Team 4 months ago
RE/MAX & Friends Foundation publishes exclusive coffee table book to raise funds for medical equipment
In collaboration with Beating Hearts Foundation Malta, RE/MAX & Friends Foundation Malta has created the perfect corporate gift for Christmas with the publication of an exclusive coffee table book that will raise funds for the purchase of much-needed equipment to detect congenital heart disease (CHD) during pregnancy

48876d00c78cf086a55bf592a184d23ce826e766-1599975648-5f5db0e0-630x420Founded by the real estate company, the foundation focuses on supporting children with chronic disease. In collaboration with Beating Hearts Foundation Malta, RE/MAX & Friends Foundation has now published an exclusive coffee table book that will raise funds for the purchase of much-needed equipment to detect congenital heart disease (CHD) during pregnancy.

Speaking of the coffee table book, RE/MAX & Friends Foundation board member Jeff Buttigieg (seen left) says:

Content Team 3 years ago
Additional round of finance for B2B gaming startup
BeyondPlay, a B2B startup that has found its niche in building next-generation engagement software for online gaming operators, has received an additional US $6.2 million from a diverse group of established industry investors. The round was led by Bettor Capital, a US-based early-stage venture capital firm that is focussed on software and technology providers in the gaming sector. BeyondPlay has received funds in a series of stages. The single seed round and initial funding of US $1.86 million came in April 2021 from LeoVentures, the venture arm of LeoVegas, known for its strategic investment in companies with a global potential. Tigrim Capital, Winforton Investments, and a few other entities have stepped in to supplement BeyondPlay's latest finance round. Feda Mecan, Mark Blandford, and Alexandre Tomic, who have a track record of investing in successful enterprises such as Alea Gaming, BlueRibbon, Fliff, Future Anthem, Gaming Realms, and KaFe Rocks, have also participated the second stage investment. Multi-operator expansion Following the funding round, BeyondPlay has announced that David VanEgmond, founder and CEO of Bettor Capital has joined the board of directors. VanEgmond started his career at Barstool Sports and FanDuel. He joins a strong lineup that includes Daniel Burns of Oakvale Capital.
BeyondPlay continues to innovate, developing exciting technology for the online casino market. The company’s software provides more fun and engaging experiences to consumers through jackpots and emerging multiplayer capabilities that make any content playable with friends. We are thrilled to back BeyondPlay’s team of experienced industry professionals, including a founder and leader in the online casino space like Karolina, as the company takes its next steps in its journey to launch.” David VanEgmond, Founder and CEO - Bettor Capital
BeyondPlay's expansion programme will be supported by strategic investment, with a focus on completing the final phase of its revolutionary Multiplayer software and extending the product offering with new features and verticals into new sectors. Funds will be used to enhance BeyondPlay's team in preparation for the various launches planned for 2023/24, with a particular emphasis on entering North American markets. And yet another milestone
This is another major milestone for BeyondPlay, and we’re excited to have secured the confidence and support of such reputable and knowledgeable investors. A combination of Bettor Capital’s leading strategic expertise and the mindsets and experience of some of the industry’s most successful serial entrepreneurs will take our growth to the next level." Karolina Pelc, Founder and CEO - Beyond Play
Pelc added that the company's funding target exceeded expectations and this is proof of the hard work and dedication of BeyondPlay as a team. She added that balanced risks are needed for innovation and the company's momentum towards expansion has been recognised and trusted by the interest from investors. Only a few weeks ago, BeyondPlay was granted a Remote Casino Host and Gambling Software Licence by the British Gambling Commission in addition to the B2B Critical Supply Licence granted by the Malta Gaming Authority in December 2022. Additional license applications are currently being processed as the start-up prepares for the first of many planned operator launches. Related topics: Milestone for Karolina Pelc as BeyondPlay acquires UKGC licence
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Lea Hogg 5 months ago
Italy ready for esports betting with regulation in place
When it comes to betting on esports in Italy, there have been some important markers of progress over the past 2 years. Non-endemic organisations have increased their involvement in Italian esports, the FIFA esports landscape is changing and there have been some rocky but successful steps on the regulation front. Dasha Kirilishina, Senior Sales Manager at PandaScore takes a deeper look. Nuances to the Italian esports betting market [caption id="attachment_796854" align="alignleft" width="199"]Italy-esports betting Dasha Kirilishina, Senior Sales Manager at PandaScore.[/caption] Every market has its own nuances, be it regulation, bettor tastes, marketing opportunities and more. Italy shares many of the benefits of other European jurisdictions, but comes with key nuances that impact esports betting. The most notable caveat for the Italian market is the absence of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO). Current legislation means that operators cannot offer CS:GO, the most popular esport for betting across the globe. Despite this, there are strong followings in the country around League of Legends, one of the other ‘Big 3’ esports betting titles, as well as an incredibly passionate FIFA scene. While Counter-Strike being off the table for operators targeting Italy is a drawback, one silver lining is that you can devote those marketing and acquisition resources elsewhere. CS:GO ordinarily commands a decent chunk of your esports betting marketing spend (and rightly so), but with those resources freed up, there are greater opportunities for more interesting and engaging campaigns across other popular titles. Additionally, the large-scale ban on gambling advertising in Italy dating back to 2018 might seem like a restriction, but actually puts Italian operators in an advantageous position when they market esports betting. Many operators in the Italian market pivoted to building out media and content wings as a means of reaching their target audience, including partnering with leading football clubs to create sports content. These kinds of operations are exactly what esports bettors are interested in and resonate within almost every market, meaning Italian operators already have the blueprint for creating engaging esports betting campaigns. Sports simulation huge in Italy Esports tastes in Italy are a little different to what you might find elsewhere in Europe, with sports simulation games proving to be much more popular. Football-simulation titles like FIFA is a staple in the Italian esports scene, with many domestic and international esports teams fielding esports teams, often in partnership with big football clubs. One recent example is the Italian esports organisation Mkers partnering with football giant Inter Milan. The Nerazurri see it as an important step in engaging with younger audiences, while Mkers welcome the additional resources, infrastructure and collaboration. Considering game publisher Electronic Arts (EA) announced that it will no longer make FIFA-branded football games, instead producing its own branded game, it’s likely we’ll see a split in football simulation esports across the newly branded EA Sports FC title and Konami’s eFootball title. The changing landscape of football simulation esports is one that suppliers and operators alike are watching closely. We’re seeing Italy already take early steps in this direction, with a Coppa eFootball Italia tournament being announced late last year. The competition serves as an activation for 7 leading Italian clubs, including AC Milan, AC Monza, AS Roma, Atalanta, Inter Milan, Lazio, and Napoli, with a youth player, esports pro and selected fan all forging a team to compete for the cup. Regulation has come around, with a bit of controversy Italy made headlines across the gambling and esports spheres last year when the regulator shut down several esports gaming halls and seized their equipment, including gaming PCs, for allegedly breaching iGaming VLT regulations. Following a review by the Italian Undersecretary of Finance, it was found that the breach was the result of unclear regulation – a gaming PC isn’t the same as a physical slot machine. Good has come out of this, with recognition of esports and more specific regulation on the cards. Clearer definitions of what esports is will have positive benefits for operators, who will have clear guidelines to follow just as they do with offering sports betting. This is in contrast to many other jurisdictions where esports is in an in-between space, or regulated on an event-by-event basis like in the US, putting Italy in a good position to harness the popularity of esports in the country.
Katy Micallef 7 months ago
Spain follow the UK with draconian gambling advertisement restrictions
Spain are imposing stringent restrictions which will see gambling operators unable to sponsor sports organizations. Advertisements on TV can air after midnight only Spain are imposing new draconian like restrictions on gambling companies. These new regulations mean that gambling companies will only be able to advertise under strict and rigorous rules.   (more…)
Content Team 3 years ago
M&A Action: Superbet acquires Napoleon Sports & Casino
The new deal will see Superbet access the Belgian market through Napoloeon Sports & Casino Romania-based, Superbet, has struck a deal to acquire outright the shares of Napoleon Sports & Casino from its current owner - investment fund Waterland Private Equity investments. The M&A deal is in line with Superbet's aim to continue to grow across Europe and beyond as the new acquisition has helped them gain access to the regulated Belgian market. Superbet's chief executive, Johnny Hartnett expressed his delight at the deal, which apart from allowing access to a newly regulated market - Superbet will also take on & welcome Napoleon's staff. (more…)
Content Team 2 years ago
Fast Track and BlueRibbon partner on Player Engagement
Fast Track adds BlueRibbon’s innovative, product-agnostic jackpot solution to its portfolio of third-party Alliances Fast Track has been building a portfolio of different integrations to enable operators to manage all aspects of their communications and rewards from within the Fast Track Platform. These diverse ‘Alliances’ include suppliers such as Enteractive, LinkMobility and Red Tiger. The addition of BlueRibbon will be an exciting opportunity for the operators working with Fast Track to add a new form of engagement to their arsenal. (more…)
Content Team 3 years ago
Centurion FC: Reigniting the Flames of MMA Glory in Dubai and Beyond
On the 14th of March, Roberto Gallo and Johnny Walker sat with Mark Borg for a fireside chat at the SiGMA Eurasia Summit, Dubai. The SiGMA / AGS conference kicked off on a high note with a remarkable pre-registration turnout at the Intercontinental Hotel, Festival City, Dubai on March 13th. Upon arrival, delegates were greeted with a vibrant expo floor that set the tone for the event. To kickstart the conference proceedings, a fireside chat was held with two esteemed guests - legendary MMA fighter Johnny Walker and Roberto Gallo, the innovative CEO and Founder of Centurion FC. Johnny Walker and Roberto Gallo: Unveiling the Secrets of MMA Success
To achieve greatness in this game, there's no substitute for hard work, day in and day out. Consistency is the key. There are no shortcuts to success, only the grind. You must remain adaptable, stay nimble, and be ready to pivot at a moment's notice. Personally, I've been sharpening my boxing defence of late, because I know that in this sport, there's always room for improvement. It's all about putting in the work, respecting the process, and staying humble along the way
Commenting on his career, 95% finish rate and recent 2-win streak, Johnny Walker shared his insight on the key to success in MMA. The conversation then shifted gears to Roberto Gallo's ground-breaking efforts to merge the worlds of MMA and iGaming, leveraging the tremendous potential of both industries to create new and exciting opportunities for fans and players alike. Describing himself as “just a smart guy with an ambitious plan,” he remarked on his ongoing collaboration with SiGMA to reach this end. Johnny Walker speaking on his preparations. “We are happy to be collaborating with SiGMA when it comes to our vision of linking iGaming to MMA Fighting. The iGaming industry is booming with action, and MMA has everything other entertainment venues have to offer to the industry.” Fielding questions from an engaged audience, Gallo shared his thoughts on the formidable challenges of navigating the regulatory landscape while striving to change the MMA game. Despite the obstacles, Roberto Gallo remains undaunted in his pursuit of pushing the boundaries and elevating the sport to new heights. Centurion FC Centurion FC, a premier MMA organisation, prides itself on delivering a captivating show for its audience. With a commitment to pushing boundaries and exploring new possibilities, the company is currently embarking on a significant rebranding effort to enhance its appeal and reach. Central to this effort is a strategic focus on South America, where the company recognizes the importance of a nuanced approach and a deep understanding of the market. By prioritising their due diligence and ensuring they know the game, Centurion FC aims to deliver an unforgettable experience to fans, cementing its position as a dominant force in the MMA world. Catch Centurion FC’s MMA Fight: Rex Deserti 2023 - 15th March at 19:30 Get ready, fight fans! Centurion FC is roaring back into the fray, and Dubai is their battleground. Brace yourselves for an epic clash between titans of the ring in a no-holds-barred showdown that will leave you breathless. Presenting elite fighters who have trained relentlessly, honing their skills and thirsting for glory. On March 15th, 2023, they'll step into the arena and leave it all on the line, battling with every ounce of pride and passion in their hearts. Don't miss a minute of the electrifying action as Centurion FC once again redefines the limits of MMA excellence. Grab your tickets here!
Jake Graves 7 months ago
MGA Licenses BetConstruct’s Talisman Game
BetConstruct’s game Talisman, also known by the animal game title, got certified under the Type 1 Licence granted by the Malta Gaming Authority The Maltese regulator gave its official approval to BetConstruct’s in-house developed Talisman enabling the vertical under its MGA/B2C/292/2015 B2C - Gaming Service and MGA/B2B/286/2014 B2B - Critical Gaming Supply licences. The granted approval allows BetConstruct to provide Talisman under its own licence and to other MGA licensed operators. (more…)
Content Team 3 years ago
AffPapa and Jim Partners sign new partnership
Directory for iGaming operators and affiliates, AffPapa is pleased to announce its latest partnership with Jim Partners

Jim Partners has been active in the industry since 2017, and has become a direct advertiser for seven different online casinos, including the likes of Slottica, LuckyBird, SlottyWay, Loki and others… The company is currently working for a large audience in many countries including Switzerland, Chile, Australia, South Africa, Poland and more 

Content Team 2 years ago
Relax Gaming inks distribution deal with Roobet
 Relax Gaming, igaming aggregator and supplier of unique content, has launched its market-leading slot portfolio with a fast-growing online casino operator, Roobet The supplier’s library of in-house developed titles, including the top-performing Tumble series and recent hits such as Hellcatraz, has gone live on Roobet’s platform in European markets, which allows players to place bets in cryptocurrency. (more…)
Content Team 3 years ago
32Red goes live with Fast Track CRM
32Red, a Kindred Group brand, is live with their own, bespoke instance of Fast Track CRM

32Red is one of the most recognised online casino brands in the UK and has won multiple awards, highlighting their dedication to the player experience and great customer service. The primary goal of their partnership with Fast Track has been for the team to be able to achieve greater flexibility in their campaigns with less manual labour. Fast Track’s platform provides them with the rich real-time data and automation capabilities that are key to achieving this.

Content Team 2 years ago