Public Gaming International July/August 2023

47 PUBLIC GAMING INTERNATIONAL • JULY/AUGUST 2023 NeoGames provides content and technology solutions for the online real-money gambling industry, including online casinos, lottery, and sports betting. NeoGames has around 1,100 staff, more than 200 customers across more than 50 regulated markets, and over 20 partners and 50 brands in Africa, Europe, and Latin America. NeoGames Appoints Motti Gil as Chief Financial Officer Camelot Lottery Solutions has appointed Paul Sternburg in the role of Head of Business Development Sternburg has more than 25 years of experience working in gaming and entertainment, with extensive experience in managing the operations and leading the business strategies of lotteries across the U.S. This includes roles as the Executive Director of the Massachusetts State Lottery Commission and as the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for the Connecticut Lottery Corporation. For the past 10 years, Sternburg has been providing consultancy services to the lottery and entertainment industries to leverage team talent, technology, and partnerships to maximize revenue returned to good causes while facilitating responsible growth. ZEAL launches online games in Germany Via the web shops of Zeal’s subsidiary LOTTO24 AG (LOTTO24, Tipp24), players can access the new online games. The Joint Gaming Authority of the Federal States (GGL) had granted the licence to operate online games in April. In addition, the subsidiary “ZEAL Instant Games” has made its portfolio available to third-party providers such as the American full-service lottery provider Park Avenue Gaming and LOTTO Hessen for some time now. ZEAL is planning to expand the range of games step-by-step to up to 200 titles by the end of 2023. With its attractive range of games, ZEAL helps to channel German customers into the legal gaming market. ZEAL Network SE is the leading German provider of lotteries on the internet. Germany’s Gaming Regulator to Get New Leader as of July 1 Germany’s Fourth State Treaty on Gambling, which helped unify the country’s diverse gambling laws, included a unique provision. It stated that the chair of the new gaming regulator could only serve for one year, and that year is up for Jörg Sibbel as of Friday. Sibbel will pass on his duties to Udo Götze, the state secretary hailing from the Thuringian Ministry of Interior and Municipal Affairs. United Lotteries for Integrity in Sports 'ULIS' elects Gilles Maillet new president and executive committee Australia parliamentary inquiry recommends advertising of online gambling be banned within three years Inspired Entertainment signs a long-term contract extension as the provider of Virtual Sports to leading online gambling operator and Inspired's long-time partner bet365 Norsk Tipping Bids Farewell to CEO Lars Buer Eriksen Eriksen took up the leadership position at Norsk Tipping in September 2022 after previous CEO Åsne Havenelid stepped down due to personal reasons. Despite his short tenure, Eriksen contributed significantly to the operator’s safe gambling initiatives, advancing several milestone campaigns and focusing on charity efforts. The reason behind Eriksen’s premature departure is his new position as CEO of Bane Nor, the national agency managing Norway’s railways. Peru: Law modifying iGaming regulatory framework and taxing foreign gambling operators is enacted The law establishes that the companies that operate online games and sports betting, whether operating remotely outside of Peru or domiciled in Peru, will be taxed with a 12% tax on their net income (net win). The European Data Protection Board slaps Meta with a $1.3 billion fine over alleged violations of the region’s data privacy laws The European Union antitrust regulators also accused Google of anticompetitive ad-tech practices and suggested that selling off part of its business was the only way to “address its competition concerns.” The commission’s findings indicate that DoubleClick for Publishers, Google’s sell-side tool, selects ads via auction. Instead of running a “sealed” auction, in which no bidder knows the value of rival bids, the commission alleged Google gave its own ad exchange, AdX, a leg up by letting it “open the sealed envelopes of all other rivals before placing its own bid.” Also that Google Ads, which places bids on behalf of advertisers, only on AdX. Legislative Council Approve New HK$12bn Football Betting Tax Levy -Hong Kong Jockey Club to Pay an Extra $1.5 Billion (HK$12 billion) in Taxes Hong Kong’s government has launched a new plan to increase the revenue it earns from taxes, and the gambling industry seems like a good place to start. Christopher Hui, Hong Kong’s financial secretary, stated that the club will have to continue to support community charities. In other words, the club can’t try to reduce its contributions to counter the newly imposed HK$2.4-billion (US$306.48 million) per-year tax. Voice-activated development platforms set to revolutionise igaming industry and the way digital products are built Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) Promotes Pierre Otto to General Manager, South Africa France Blocks Influencers, Athletes from Promoting Gambling, Threatens Jail The Gaming Commission of Ghana inaugurates a six-member audit committee to help to ensure sound financial management and control systems