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October 19, 2021

The rules prohibit inciting to the compulsive game

Spain: Catalonia regulates Internet gambling

(Spain).- Online gambling generated 350 million euros a year in Spain. But, as an unregulated activity, it doesn’t pay taxes. The Government of Catalonia is tired of waiting for the promised regulation of this activity by the central government and gave the resolution to pass its own bill, which sets minimum requirements to operate by Internet.

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ompanies operating in Catalonia should have a system that identifies the player and allows knowing, for example, how long they've played. The Gaming and Betting Act prepared by the Department of Interior replaced one from 1984 which "had become obsolete," according to Director of Games and Entertainment Mercè Claramunt.

The new text will force companies to have a headquarters in Catalonia, although its effects are limited: it only affects those operators which customers are mainly in Catalonia and gamblers who live in this community.

Interior knows the limitations: Internet has no borders and this autonomous regulation is not ideal. For the first time, the law regulates advertising and requires companies to notify in advance the gambling ads campaigns.

The rules prohibit inciting to the compulsive game, promoting it by gifts or free drinks and target advertising to minors. The bill includes the creation of the Gaming Commission of Catalonia, a consultative body representing all operators.

The law also will force the Government to develop a comprehensive responsible gaming policy to reduce the effects of pathological gambling.

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