CJEU Mandates Comprehensive Review of Dutch Lottery Licensing Following EGBA Appeal
In a landmark ruling, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has directed a formal investigation into the Netherlands’ lottery licensing process, upholding an appeal by the European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA). This decision signals a significant shift in the ongoing discourse around state aid and gambling regulation within the EU.
The EGBA’s successful appeal stems from its initial complaint in 2016, which accused the Netherlands of providing illegal financial benefits to its incumbent lottery operators. Despite the European Commission (EC) dismissing the need for an investigation in 2020, citing the absence of illegal state aid in the Dutch licensing process, the EGBA persisted.
Arguing that the renewal of lottery licenses without a transparent allocation process violated EU law, the EGBA contended that the EC’s refusal to investigate infringed upon its rights under EU statutes. The CJEU concurred, noting an infringement of rights and highlighting the EC’s failure to probe potential unfair advantages gained by certain parties.
Now, the EC is obligated to launch a formal investigation into state aid within the Dutch lottery system and bear the costs of EGBA’s legal challenge.
Maarten Haijer, Secretary-General of the EGBA, expressed confidence in the forthcoming EC investigation and affirmed the association’s readiness to provide necessary data and information. He emphasized the importance of consistent enforcement of EU law across all sectors, including gambling, to maintain the EC’s integrity as the guardian of EU Treaties.
In related developments, the EGBA has endorsed Finland’s proposed legislative project to liberalize its gambling market. The Finnish Ministry of the Interior is moving to dismantle the state-operated Veikkaus monopoly and introduce a licensing system. This shift aims to address the growing number of Finnish players engaging with unlicensed offshore operators and to enhance overall channelisation in the country.
With the impending closure of Casino Tampere and anticipated staff reductions at Veikkaus, the Finnish gambling landscape is poised for a significant transformation. These developments in both the Netherlands and Finland mark crucial steps in the ongoing evolution of European gambling regulation, underscoring the need for transparency, fairness, and adherence to EU law in the lottery and gambling sectors.
SOFTSWISS Jackpot Aggregator Sees 2.6x Surge in Bets: 2023 Report
In a dynamic year for the iGaming industry, the SOFTSWISS Jackpot Aggregator has released its 2023 report, offering insights into significant trends and achievements.
Notably, the report reveals a staggering 2.6 times increase in bets participating in jackpots, shedding light on the growing appeal of these mechanics among operators and players alike.
A Year of Remarkable Growth
Throughout 2023, bets participating in jackpots experienced consistent quarterly growth, witnessing a remarkable 165% increase from January to December. By the end of the year, the total value of these bets had surged to an impressive 6.396 billion euros. Moreover, the number of jackpot campaigns witnessed a substantial growth of 3.8 times compared to the previous year, totaling 230 campaigns.
Expanding Reach and Impact
One of the standout achievements of 2023 was the expansion of the Jackpot Aggregator’s footprint. The number of brands utilizing its jackpot solution tripled within the year, culminating in over 70 active brands by year-end. This surge in adoption reflects a heightened level of market trust and interest in the product.
Introducing the Prime Jackpot Campaign
A significant milestone of 2023 was the introduction of the Prime Jackpot campaign, which debuted in Q4. This innovative feature garnered considerable attention and interest from players across various casinos. The Prime Jackpot campaign allows operators to participate in shared prize pools, ensuring that rewards are drawn from the collective pool rather than from a specific brand operator. This approach not only offers larger rewards to attract more players but also enhances player engagement and loyalty while optimizing operational costs for operators.
Insights from SOFTSWISS
Aliaksei Douhin, Head of SOFTSWISS Jackpot Aggregator, shared his insights into the year’s achievements. He emphasized the noticeable increase in clients and connected casino brands, as well as the growing volume and value of bets in jackpots. He expressed satisfaction in witnessing clients actively embracing the Jackpot Aggregator and recognizing the added value it brings to their brand operations. The solution empowers operators to provide players with enhanced gaming experiences and more enticing winnings. Client feedback is actively collected and analyzed to ensure clients have access to the most sought-after tools and mechanics.
Looking Ahead to 2024
In 2024, the SOFTSWISS Jackpot Aggregator is set to extend its reach to a wider spectrum of clients. This expansion will be guided by a customized approach, ensuring that each client can tailor the product’s capabilities to meet their specific requirements.
Meet SOFTSWISS at ICE London
The SOFTSWISS Jackpot Aggregator team will be present at ICE London from February 6th to 8th, 2024. They are ready to showcase their latest advancements and engage in discussions with existing and potential clients.
SOFTSWISS is a renowned international iGaming company that offers certified software solutions for managing gambling operations. With a dedicated team of over 2000 employees spread across Malta, Poland, and Georgia, SOFTSWISS holds multiple gaming licenses and provides comprehensive iGaming software solutions. Their diverse product portfolio includes the Online Casino Platform, the Game Aggregator featuring thousands of casino games, the Affilka affiliate platform, the Sportsbook software, and the Jackpot Aggregator. In 2013, SOFTSWISS made history by introducing the world’s first Bitcoin-optimized online casino solution.
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