Public Gaming International Magazine May June 2023

45 PUBLIC GAMING INTERNATIONAL • MAY/JUNE 2023 “Blocking BINs has been successfully deployed by Australian casinos and poker machine venues to stop credit card withdrawals from ATMs and was used in the United Kingdom to implement its credit card ban for online gambling,” Rowland and Rishworth said. e ban will be enacted through amendments to the Interactive Gambling Act 2001, which the government says will be introduced later this year and see the Australian Communications and Media Authority get enhanced powers of enforcement. “Minimising this harm is not a set-and-forget exercise. Bringing online wagering into line with land based gambling, where credit cards cannot be used, is another positive step,” Rishworth said. A parliamentary committee on social policy is currently conducting an inquiry into online gambling, which will also make recommendations to guide the government’s next steps. A separate parliamentary inquiry into gambling and credit cards under the previous Coalition government, chaired by Liberal MP Andrew Wallace, recommended in 2021 that the government “ban online gambling service providers of wagering, gaming and other gambling services (but not lotteries) from accepting payment by credit cards, including via digital wallets”. Labor’s proposal would omit lotteries from the ban, including those o ered by charities, because “they present a low-risk to gambling harm”. Responsible Wagering Australia said in a submission to the 2021 inquiry that “approximately 20% of deposits into wagering accounts are transacted through credit cards”. Tabcorp told the inquiry that in the 2021 nancial year, its proportion of account deposits via credit card was 13.7%. e CEO of the Alliance for Gambling Reform, Carol Bennett, said her group welcomed the change. “ is is a signi cant measure in reducing harm from online gambling. We know many people experience high level of gambling harm and those people are far more likely to use credit cards to obtain cash advances. is is money people can scarcely a ord to use,” she said. Bennett admitted there may be “loopholes” to the policy, such as using credit cards to obtain cash instead, but said it was important to bring online gambling policies into line with other wagering. She repeated her group’s calls for a ban on gambling advertising on all broadcast platforms. Colombia: Roger Carrillo resigned as the director of Coljuegos, the gambling authority of Colombia The Swedish gaming market is growing despite the troubled environment e year 2022 did not turn out as anyone had expected. Just after we thought the corona pandemic was behind us, Russia invaded Ukraine. Trade was a ected in di erent ways, where the daily goods trade increased sharply while the growth for the durable goods trade was more modest. Triss became the people's favorite product and was the best-selling item in 2022. According to the Swedish Gambling Authority, the legal Swedish gambling market grew by 5 percent in 2022, which is on par with previous years' growth rate. e total net gambling revenue amounted to approximately SEK 27 billion. e biggest growth was in the market for commercial online gambling and betting, which increased by 6 percent. Online gambling increased at the same time that gambling in stores and at agents decreased, a movement that was reinforced during covid-19 and continued after the pandemic. Sweden is the country in Europe where the largest share of total gambling takes place online. Many countries with signi cantly larger gambling markets in terms of revenue, such as Spain, Italy, Germany and France, have a relatively low share of online gambling (1). e online channel – that is, gaming via mobile and computer – is what drives growth in the industry. erefore, it is likely that the growth in Sweden going forward will be somewhat lower compared to the rest of Europe, because the Swedish gaming market already has such a high level of digital maturity. In 2023, households are expected to become even poorer when prices rise faster than wages. But consumers tend to prioritize small-scale everyday luxury when they don't have as much money to spend. e share of household income that goes to gambling has historically been low, just over 1 percent. is suggests that the Swedish gaming market will not be negatively a ected to the same extent as many other industries, which has also been shown in previous recessions. Norway Expected to Authorise DNS (Domain Name System) Blocking of unlicensed online gambling operators Japan approves $8.1 billion Osaka resort, country's rst casino IGT Drives Lottery Innovation for National Lottery in Malta via Two Long-Term Contracts ZEAL joins the WLA (World Lottery Association) and receives permission to operate virtual slot games from the German Joint Gambling Authority of the Federal States World Lottery Association (WLA) has decided to accept ZEAL as a member. e WLA is a world organization of state-licensed lotteries, sports betting operators and suppliers. With its membership, ZEAL commits to comply with the WLA standards for social responsibility, responsible gaming, security and risk management in the future. e WLA is an international organization promoting the interests of state-licensed lotteries. It was founded in August 1999 by the merger of AILE, the International Association of State Lotteries, and Intertoto, the International Association of Lotteries and Lotto Organizations. e organization’s mission is to educate about the lottery industry, set technical and ethical industry standards, and provide educational services to its members. e WLA brings together members from more than 80 countries on six continents. In 2021, members collectively contributed approximately $80 billion to charitable causes. “We are proud the WLA has accepted us as a member,” says a delighted Helmut Becker, CEO of ZEAL. “As the German market leader for online lotteries, we take our responsibility in the areas of compliance, security and risk management very seriously and attach great importance to social commitments as well. We are pleased to be a part of this important organization with immediate e ect and to support the high standards of the WLA and its members.” Vodafone and Allwyn partner on digital upgrade for next UK National Lottery licence launching in February 2024