Malta-based games provider Hacksaw Gaming has started the year off on a high by announcing they have been granted a Software Supply licence by the The Isle of Man Gambling Supervisory Commission.
Hacksaw Gaming has been working hard during 2021 to branch out into new markets and it’s another step in the right direction being granted yet another license. Over the past few years, they’ve managed to secure licenses to serve them in over 5 regulated jurisdictions including UK, Malta and Greece.
Marcus Cordes, COO at Hacksaw Gaming commented: “We’re delighted to add the Isle of Man to our regulatory license portfolio and I’m sure many more licenses will follow in the years to come.”
Hacksaw gaming now have a portfolio of over 70 games split across 3 verticals – Slots, Scratchcards and a mix of both under the High Fixed Prize segment. Their first game of the year was launched on 6th January, King Carrot. Hacksaw Gaming hopes to double their slot portfolio this year which will certainly strengthen their position even further within the industry after the huge growth they have seen over the past 18 months.
Strive Gaming Names Tommaso Di Chio as Chief Legal and Compliance Officer
Legal specialist joins award-winning North American PAM provider from Kambi and has been tasked with overseeing all of the company’s legal and compliance activity
Strive Gaming, the modern, multi-state, multi-tenanted platform provider to operators in the North American market and with applications currently pending in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Michigan, has bolstered its senior team with the appointment of Tommaso Di Chio as Chief Legal and Compliance Officer.
As Chief Legal and Compliance Officer, Tommaso will use his skills and experience in navigating the intricate landscape of regulatory compliance and laws to oversee all of Strive Gaming’s legal matters in North America and worldwide.
Tommaso will also lead Strive Gaming’s efforts to grow and strengthen its legal and compliance teams, equipping them with the necessary tools they need to navigate the challenges and unlock the opportunities that will present themselves as the North American market continues to mature.
He joins Strive Gaming from Kambi where he held senior legal and compliance roles over a nine-year tenure, rising up the ranks to become Senior Vice-President of Legal, Regulatory Affairs and Compliance and Group Deputy General Counsel.
He is highly adept at balancing regulatory compliance and business interests, becoming a resourceful figure for regulators, lawmakers and industry stakeholders. His negotiating skills have also been put to the test in high-stakes agreements between major industry players.
“The legal and regulatory landscape in North America continues to evolve at pace so it’s vital that we have a team of highly experienced specialists to help navigate these often-choppy waters,” the Chief Executive Officer for Strive Gaming, Max Meltzer, said. “In Tommaso, we have the perfect person to oversee all legal and compliance activity at Strive Gaming and to lead and grow our teams. This is an important hire for us and will help us to continue to strengthen our position as the leading PAM provider in North America and beyond.”
“In our fast-changing industry, the secret sauce is balancing cool new ideas with being responsible,” Di Chio said. “I’m all about pulling together the smarts from regulators, lawmakers and folks in the industry to make gaming not just a money-maker but also something we can be proud of. I’m thrilled to be joining Strive Gaming on its journey; a journey that we are in together, every step of the way.”
NFL Alters its Gambling Policy
The NFL has made changes to its gambling policy. Under the revised policy, the league has reduced the penalty for players who wager on other sports while on NFL premises or NFL business to two games for a first offense. Previously, the punishment was a six-game suspension. For a second offense, it’s a six-game suspension. A third offensive results in a one-year suspension.
The punishment has increased for wagering on NFL games. A player who bets on a game involving his team now faces a minimum suspension of two years. That doubles the prior minimum suspension.
Ultimately, each suspension is determined by the league. And even though the NFL works with the NFL Players Association on these issues, the league has full and final control over the policy, in all respects.
Players remain free to wager on non-NFL sporting events while not at work. This continues to raise the question of how it’s not an affront to the integrity of the game to place a bet on the sidewalks outside the team facility but becomes one once the player walks through the front door.
Also, there is no indication that the NFL has softened the rules for non-players. Currently, any non-player who bets on any sport faces extreme punishment, up to and including termination.
Danish Gambling Regulator Expands ROFUS System to Physical Stores
Danish Gambling Authority Spillemyndigheden has confirmed that the country’s ROFUS self-exclusion system has been extended to include betting in physical stores. The extension applies to new registrations created on and after 1 October 2023. Registrations from before 1 October 2023 will not change.
From 1 October 2023, it is mandatory for players to identify themselves with a so-called Player ID when buying bets at physical retailers, such as kiosks and betting shops. The ID must be used when a player wants to place bets in physical stores in Denmark.
The implementation of the Player ID means that ROFUS now also blocks betting in physical stores. This means that a registration with ROFUS or a renewal of an existing registration with ROFUS on or after 1 October 2023 will block:
- Online games offered by gambling operators with a Danish licence
- Physical casinos in Denmark
- Physical bets offered at a physical retailer, e.g. kiosks or betting shops in Denmark
- Direct advertising from these gambling operators
If you are registered with ROFUS before 1 October 2023 and do not renew your registration, the exclusion will remain unchanged. You will still only be blocked from online gambling offered by gambling operators with a Danish licence, physical casinos in Denmark and from receiving direct advertising from these.
The background for the expansion of ROFUS and the implementation of the Player ID is a political desire to increase consumer protection and reduce the risk of young people under the age of 18 gaining access to gambling in physical stores. In addition, there is a desire to strengthen efforts to combat match-fixing and money laundering.
The implementation of a mandatory Player ID in the physical betting market was politically agreed in November 2019.
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