Archive for April, 2018

Osaka Leaders, Global Gaming Execs Praise Japanese IR Bill
April 30th, 2018 By April Bergman

Osaka Leaders, Global Gaming Execs Praise Japanese IR Bill

Osaka’s politicians joined with global gaming executives in praising the Integrated Resort Bill (IR Bill) which passed by the Japanese Diet and approved by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe recently. Osaka Gov. Ichiro Matsui expressed relief the bill had passed and said it was the culmination of ten years of work and vision. Gov. Matsui said […]

Fortnite’s Battle Pass System Could Change Loot Box Systems
April 29th, 2018 By April Bergman

Fortnite’s Battle Pass System Could Change Loot Box Systems

Last year, the question of whether loot boxes were a form of gambling dominated the international video game market. This year, game publishers appear to be phasing out loot boxes, because of increasing public outrage and the threat of regulatory oversight. The reaction of several prominent publishers to the loot box controversy caused Forbes to […]

Toronto Counselers Research Treatment for Problem Gamblers
April 28th, 2018 By April Bergman

Toronto Counselers Research Treatment for Problem Gamblers

In Toronto, Good Shepherd Ministries homeless shelter on Queen Street East and researchers from the Centre for Urban Health Solutions at St. Michael’s Hospital are working together to develop new treatments for problem gambling. Flora Matheson, a scientist at St. Michael’s Hospital, began working with the Good Shepherd Ministries when she discovered problem gambling among […]

Steve Wynn Sues Casino Hairdresser for WSJ Accusations
April 27th, 2018 By April Bergman

Steve Wynn Sues Casino Hairdresser for WSJ Accusations

Steve Wynn is suing Jorgen Neilsen, a former Wynn Las Vegas hairdresser who accused the former casino executives of sexual harassment. Jorgen Nielsen was one of two people who went on record for a Jan. 26 Wall Street Journal expose article which led to Steve Wynn’s resignation at the company he founded. The Wall Street […]

Norwegian Gaming Authority Restricts Online Gambling Sites
April 25th, 2018 By April Bergman

Norwegian Gaming Authority Restricts Online Gambling Sites

Online gambling regulators in Norway and Denmark each moved recently to limit online gambing, though their methods were quite different. Norway’s government imposed stricter monitoring of payment process for online gambling sites. The Norwegian Gaming Authority (Lotteri-og Stiftelsesilsynet) proposed to lawmakers a set of 8 policies which would further restrictions for foreign operators to Norwegian […]

China Bans Poker Apps from Social Media Websites
April 24th, 2018 By April Bergman

China Bans Poker Apps from Social Media Websites

China banned social media websites from promoting online poker on Monday. China’s Ministry of Culture said poker is no longer classified as a “competitive game”. The poker ban on social media appears to be complete, because even poker terms appear to be banned. The decision caused one prominent Hong Kong-based poker advocate to say poker […]

Narrow Ruling in New Jersey Sportsbook Case Could Be a Boon
April 23rd, 2018 By April Bergman

Narrow Ruling in New Jersey Sportsbook Case Could Be a Boon

With the word that the US Supreme Court could rule on New Jersey’s sports betting appeal as early as Tuesday, America’s gambling law experts are giving their predictions and analysis. Daniel Wallach of the Wall Street Journal predicted a so-called complete repeal, though he gave a second scenario that might be more advantageous for New […]

Stars Group Announces £2.5 Billion Buyout of Sky Betting
April 22nd, 2018 By April Bergman

Stars Group Announces £2.5 Billion Buyout of Sky Betting

Stars Group, the Canadian gaming group which owns PokerStars, is buying the UK’s Sky Betting and Gaming (SBG) in a £2.5 billion acquisition. Stars Group Inc said the deal will make it the largest publicly-listed online gaming company. Though the deal has wider implications, it should increase Stars Group’s profile in the UK significantly. Sky […]

MelGuard Security System Could Give Melco an Edge in Japan
April 21st, 2018 By April Bergman

MelGuard Security System Could Give Melco an Edge in Japan

Melco Resorts International believes its MelGuard biometric security system could give the Macau casino company an edge in the Japanese licensing process. The MelGuard system is designed to track the playing habits of Japanese residents and is being touted by Melco CEO Lawrence Ho as a major step forward. The MelGuard security system would use […]

Dutch Game Publishers Forced to Change Loot Box Policies
April 20th, 2018 By April Bergman

Dutch Game Publishers Forced to Change Loot Box Policies

The Netherlands Gaming Authority changed its stance on video game loot boxes, requiring four game publishers to change the way paid in-game enhancements work in the Netherlands. Loot boxes, also known as loot crates, lockboxes, or skins, are now considered gambling in the Netherlands. The four game publishers cited by the Gaming Authority were FIFA […]

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