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September 24, 2021

New laws are controversial and many operators filed action in the High Court

Spain: Eleven operators were banned in Galicia region

(Spain).- Eleven operating companies in the region of Galicia, in Spain, have had their operating licences withdrawn by the Galician government. New gaming machine rules in the province came into force in March, leading to the decision to withdraw the licences.

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he Ministry of the Presidency, which oversees gambling in Galicia, announced the revoking of the licences last week.

The companies are Recreativos 2001 of Vigo, Hosteleria Sarriana from Sarria-Lugo, Recreativos Principe22 of Vigo, Recreativos Loispez of Ourense, Recreativos Esporiba of Ribadavia-Ourense, Seivosa of La Coruna, Lifcam of Sanxenxo-Pontevedra, Recreativos Chikca Vigo of Nigran-Pontevedra, Recreativos del Noroeste of A Pobra do Caraminal-a Coruna, Recreativos Caribe of Ourense and Recreativos Auto-Rent of Ourense.

The new Galician laws are controversial and have led to many smaller operators filing action in the High Court. The law demands that permits must be withdrawn for companies operating in premises where there is already another company operating.

It has meant that smaller operators offering table football games or darts machines must withdraw if another company has a gaming machine on the premises. Many operators feel that the rule favours larger operators.

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