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Reg-tech – Easing the burden on compliance teams

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Reg-tech – Easing the burden on compliance teams

 

Greg Ponesse, Chief Revenue Officer at Compliable

The year is coming to an end, and we can look back at an interesting 12 months that have seen the US betting and gaming landscape further expand into three new states, Vermont, North Carolina and Kentucky.

The American Gaming Association (AGA) recently released numbers that showed commercial gaming revenue was boosted in Q2 of 2023, hitting a record of $16.07bn. The impressive results marked the 10th consecutive quarter of growth for the industry.

Yet, some operators have had to navigate through choppy waters, with news stories from the last 18 months including Churchill Downs, MaximBet, PlayUp, Fubo, FOX Bet and WynnBet closing or pulling out of states as they struggle with profitability.

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Sports betting, the main legalized vertical in the US, is such a low margin business that the ability to save money anywhere in operations is so important. Competition is extremely high, and the sports betting markets in the majority of legalized states have been dominated by a handful of behemoths such as DraftKings and FanDuel.

While these operators have large compliance teams to cope with the fragmented regulatory landscape that exists across states in the US, smaller to medium-sized companies have fewer resources to handle ever-changing regulations while also preparing for new states opening up.

Historically, if not handled by an internal team of compliance staff, regulatory issues were simply given to outside counsel with their associated high legal fees. Furthermore, overstressed smaller compliance teams leave room for mistakes as a result of human error which can lead to large regulatory fines.

The number of reg tech solutions now available in the gambling space can be hugely beneficial and can drive down costs in a number of ways, with one of the major advantages being that companies can benefit from compliance work that is being done in one market across similar jurisdictions.

Despite a lack of common regulatory approaches in legalized US states, there are still many similar obligations, and with technology, the process to complete these tasks can be automated. Licensing of employees and reporting of revenues or other data are common compliance duties that most regulators require. This type of requirement can easily be handled by technology rather than employees, significantly increasing efficiency, and freeing the team to focus on higher level problems which can be critically important when launching in new jurisdictions.

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Simply put, reg tech allows a smaller team to operate with the same skills and efficiency as a much larger team and can help cut costs while still maintaining operational compliance.

Even if fewer US markets are currently opening up compared with a few years ago, successful gambling operators and suppliers are targeting multiple states at a minimum. We have passed the point where any one person can be an expert on every gambling jurisdiction’s requirements and tech is a necessary component to help manage the processes.

As 2024 is approaching, we will see further regulatory developments in the US betting and gaming space and more consolidation cannot be ruled out as operators grapple with being profitable in a hyper competitive sector.

Reg tech can play an important part, cutting costs while streamlining and simplifying processes and procedures, helping operators to succeed in the exciting US market.

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Betsson Obtains Local Gaming Licenses in Peru

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A subsidiary of Betsson AB has obtained its first local licenses for the newly regulated market in Peru. The licenses cover online casino and sports betting for the Betsson and Betsafe brands. Further, licenses for the Inkabet brand are expected to be obtained soon.

Betsson began its Latin American venture already in 2008 and has since then positioned itself as the most recognized sports betting brand in Peru. In 2019, the Group further strengthened its position toward the country with the launch of its Betsafe brand. Two years later Inkabet, a Peruvian-facing sports betting and online casino business, was acquired.

Besides the new licenses, the Group holds licenses in two other key markets in the region, Colombia, and Argentina. In Argentina, Betsson holds licenses in Buenos Aires City, Buenos Aires province, and Córdoba.

Pontus Lindwall, President and CEO of Betsson AB, said: “We have really looked forward to Peru introducing a local regulation and are very pleased with the issuing of these licenses. With this announcement, we affirm our commitment to the local economy and the new regulatory framework in the country.”

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LSports Receives Approval to Offer Sports Betting Data Services in Peru

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LSports has announced that the company has received approval from the Peruvian Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism (MINCETUR). This regulatory approval marks a significant milestone in LSports’ expansion across Latin America, allowing the company to offer its comprehensive sports betting data services to local operators in Peru.

With this B2B license, LSports can now provide its advanced sports betting data solutions to companies in Peru’s iGaming sector, enabling them to enhance their offerings and compete effectively in the market.

Dotan Lazar, CEO of LSports, said: “This is a significant step in expanding LSports’ footprint in Latin America. We are delighted to be among the first data providers accredited in Peru. The market has great potential, and we look forward to helping our partners launch competitive offerings.”

Lazar added: “The acceptance of this B2B license reinforces LSports’ position as a leading sports betting data supplier in a region known for its passionate fans and vibrant sports culture. LSports is committed to supporting its partners in Peru and beyond, helping them navigate the complexities of the market and achieve sustainable growth. We offer free consultations on expansion strategy and encourage bookies to contact us.”

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WorldMatch Certifies Games for Peru

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WorldMatch has achieved a significant milestone by certifying its games in Peru with the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism of Peru (MINCETUR), enhancing its presence in the Latin American market.

Fully compliant with Peruvian regulations, WorldMatch will enable local operators to leverage the company’s innovative and engaging online casino gaming content.

WorldMatch’s Commercial Director for Latam & Iberia, Carlos Garcia Carvajal, said: “WorldMatch has a proven track record of successful offerings in Latin American markets, and we are thrilled to be fully prepared and ready to provide our services immediately in the regulated Peruvian online market. Peru holds great potential as a market, and we are eager to support our partners in launching competitive online gaming content. Our premium game portfolio will offer an enjoyable experience for Peruvian players.”

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