009 has been a busy period for the ECJ. With the recent ruling on the bwin/Portuguese football league versus Santa Casa case going in favour of monopolistic protectionism, there are questions about the future of the gambling industry.
2010 again promises to bring hope to the industry of more deregulation and new lucrative markets to move into. Signals such as Ladbrokes recent two victories against the Swedish and Danish monopolies in similar cases involving breach of trademarks and marketing laws are indicators that monopolies are not having it all their own way but as ever in the gambling industry, who can possibly predict what is going to happen next?
The event is proving to be very timely as operators continually look at new markets to move into as the traditional markets they have operated in begin to saturate.
Leading industry experts such as Petter Nylander, CEO, Unibet, Atle Hamar, Director General, The Norwegian Gaming and Foundation, Peter Naessens, Staff Member, Belgian Gaming Commission, Khalid Ali, Secretary General, European Sports Security Association amongst others will be there to discuss what changes we’ve seen in 2009 and what 2010 will hold for the industry.
This conference is recognized by your industry peers as the place to be to discuss European gambling legislation. Gigi Levy, CEO of 888.com, recently stated: “The big issue for the industry is regulation. Regulation, and in particular the recent ECJ verdict against Bwin, is the big thing facing us. It is the one thing that could change the industry altogether on the European side.”
Key features for the event include: European Jurisdictions: What products can be offered, tax framework, commitment to responsible gaming. It also includes a lowdown on lucrative new markets Denmark, Spain, France and Italy from the jurisdictions themselves: How they are fairing with their licensing models.
Other issues to be treated are: European Commission Standpoint: As countries go it alone in search of the best model will we ever see a uniformed standard? and Industry in action: lobbying from associations, regulators and operators.
Country-by-country guide to the whole of Europe, USA, Asia and South America Ben Satchwell, Conference Director at Bullet Business says: “The recent news that France's National Assembly has passed an amendment to the draft bill regulating online gambling that will force operators to shut down their French players’ accounts highlight yet another move by regulators to try to control gambling in their jurisdiction. With the European Commission not stepping up and implementing a European initiative it has been left up to individual jurisdictions to attempt to implement legislation.”
Then he added: “With no clear blue print to follow and protection of players high on the agenda there have been many models proposed so far. To date we have not seen a licensing model implemented that has been adopted by other nations and this is why the conference is of paramount importance for the industry to come together and work together going forward for the benefit of the industry as a whole.”
The organisers will be welcoming all senior members of the gambling industry value chain from solicitors, lawyers, operators, associations and regulators. With over 120 senior industry experts expected under one roof, the event is set to establish itself again as the annual meeting place for industry leaders to share knowledge on the legal landscape.