Denmark Online Gambling NewsBy: Fabian Rictor, Thursday December 1st 2011
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The online gambling market in Denmark is set to enter the regulated phase early in 2012. Therefore it is expected that there will be a flurry of activity and lots of news in the online gambling sector emanating from Denmark.
The Danish Gambling Authority (DGA) has been reaching out to other European regulatory bodies and formalizing agreements of co-operation with them. It was reported that a bilateral cooperative and information sharing agreement has been signed with the Isle of Man Gambling Supervision Commission. A similar collaboration has been agreed with the Alderney Gaming Control Commission, though there are no reports of an agreement being signed. However, the agreements will be formally implemented only after the Danish Gaming Act comes into force next year. Though the details have not been made public it is believed that the agreements include provisions to make a common standard of licensing more attainable, such as mutually agreed requirements and access to gambling systems for regulatory purposes. Operators would still have to go through the licensing formalities in other jurisdictions, but those who have successfully obtained a license in one of the signatory jurisdictions will find it easier to do in the other one. Industry experts have appreciated such moves as a middle of the path approach.
Another move by the DGA should also bring some relief to the prospective license applicants. It has notified the European Commission of a change in rules regarding the location of potential licensees' online gambling systems. The Authority will now consider applications from online gambling operators whose servers are located offshore in another jurisdiction, provided that that country's gambling authority has an agreement with the DGA or if the license holder can give the DGA access to perform adequate control of the gambling system by means of remote access. The DGA has announced plans to hold a hearing for interested online gambling operators in Copenhagen on December 20 on the impending liberalization of the market.
On a slightly different note, the Danish state gambling monopoly Danske Spil has released a tender for a software platform provider for sports betting operations in order to prepare itself for the market liberalization. The activities covered include fixed odds betting, pre-live betting, live betting and betting as pool games. The functions required in the software include listing of match details, odds determination, sales, bonuses and prize handling. The software has to be integrated into Danske Spil's sales channels with retailer terminals and Internet sales. The software provider will be required to handle full solution hosting and operations, must monitor communication channels to Danske Spil, and offer training for Danske Spil staff. At present Danske Spil uses a solution developed in-house.
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