CJEU Requires Proportionality Test on Member States’ Secondary Gambling Legislation
In a recent case concerning concerning Italian gaming regulation, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) ruled that the proportionality test is required to determine the necessity of requirements established by national secondary legislation on the award of gambling licenses to EU-based operators, the European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) observed:
“The Court found, among other things, that it is ‘necessary to determine whether the restriction at issue in the main proceedings is suitable for ensuring the attainment of the objective pursued and does not go beyond what is necessary in order to achieve that objective [of combating criminality and protecting consumers…], including by ensuring that the national legislation at issue genuinely reflects a concern to attain it in a consistent and systematic manner.’”
LOTTO Baden-Württemberg to launch GeoLotto in 2017
Following the example of several Scandinavian operators, LOTTO Baden-Württemberg is set to launch a geobased lottery. The first draw will be held in March 2017.
Punters will not select a combination of lucky numbers, but instead use their home address, which, after being translated in geographical coordinates, will enter into the draw. Every week, a winner will be drawn from among the participating addresses, who will receive the main prize of €100,000.
Similar to the Postcode Lottery, which Dutch media company Novamedia recently launched across Germany, punters inhabiting neighboring addresses will share several smaller prizes (the size of which will be determined by geographical proximity to the winning address).
SACHSENLOTTO and Scientific Games Sign New Retail Technology Deal
According to the new deal, Scientific Games will provide 1,460 advanced, new point-of-sale terminals, software and maintenance services to SACHSENLOTTO retailers throughout the German state of Saxony.
Despite the competitive procurement process, it is not much of a surprise that SACHSENLOTTO has picked Scientific Games, as the operator has been a customer of the technology supplier since the lottery’s initial launch in 1990.
Scientific Games is currently technology supplier to all sixteen German state lotteries.
Danish Cancer Society Picks Adesso AG as Its Lottery Supplier
The Danish Cancer Society (DCS) has commissioned the IT service provider adesso AG with the implementation of a new lottery system.
“Adesso AG has extensive lottery expertise and has been working successfully in this field for European companies for many years,” said Morten Rye Christensen, CIO at DCS. “That’s why we are convinced to have found in adesso the ideal partner for the development of our future-ready lottery platform.”
The Danish Cancer Society is adesso’s first Scandinavian lottery customer.
Online Gaming Spend to Approach Total Spend on All Digital Goods and Services by 2021
New data from Juniper Research indicates that the value of online gambling wagers – including online lottery spend – will increase from ca. $550 billion this year to ca. $950 billion by 2021. Wager levels will thus approach total spend on all digital goods and services by that time, forecast to exceed $1 trillion for the first time in 2021.
Existing gambling activities are increasingly migrating to the online environment, with the majority of net growth attributable to users of mobile channels.
Dutch operator Postcode Loterij has helped to finance a media campaign by the Johan Cruyff Foundation, with the goal of stimulating participation in sports among children.
The US gaming lobby is increasing its efforts to legalize sports betting in the country.
The Georgia Lottery has launched a mobile scratch card and social game hybrid.
The Massachusetts State Lottery has extended its long-running instant games contract with Scientific Games for a further twelve months. In less positive news, there will be no online lottery in Massachusetts this year.
Sydney-listed online lotteries provider Jumbo Interactive has posted its highest profit in four years as lottery players embrace online and mobile.
Canada’s Atlantic Lottery’s profits are up thanks to online gambling growth in the region.
The Philippine government has confirmed it is planning to privatize lottery operations of state-owned Philippine Charity and Sweepstakes Office (PCSO).