This Week's Top iGaming News, July 7, 2023

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Catch Up With Curaçao

Javier Silvania, Minister of Finance for Curaçao, made an important announcement at iGaming NEXT Valleta 23 recently regarding improving the country’s security and making things safer for players and providers. 

The move is a positive step for the country and will help cement Curaçao’s reputation as a trustworthy and reliable jurisdiction. The National Gambling Ordinance (LOK), the relevant legislation, will be introduced to the Curaçao Gaming Authority (CGA) in the autumn. It will ensure areas such as fraud prevention, protection of players, and anti-money laundering measures are stringently followed for an overall better scenario for everyone. 

Brazil Sports Betting Blossoming

CONAFUT is the biggest annual football conference to take place every year in Brazil. This year was the sixth conference of its kind and was held at Espaço FIT, in the tech hub city of São Paulo, Brazil, on 22 – 23 June.

Government official José Manssur, the Special Advisor to the Executive Secretary of the Ministry of Finance of Brazil, was in attendance. At the event, he revealed that the Brazilian government has almost finalised the anticipated sports betting regulation enactment. As the government starts its summer recess on 17 July, there is speculation the news will become public before that date. 

At the event, as reported by Yogonet, José Manssur stated that "We listened to the clubs, the CBF, the operators, and we listened to the betting associations, but we believe it is important to listen to whoever makes use of this service so that we can have total control and oversight of what we are going to regulate."

iGB L!VE Prepares for B2B & Affiliates

The RAI Amsterdam is counting down to iGB L!VE, which will take place in the high-tech exhibition and conference centre from 11 – 14 July. The four-day event will have two major zones, the B2B and the Affiliate Zone.

New to this year’s event is the Consumer Protection Zone, which will showcase many tools designed to improve KYC and safer gambling. Pulse at iGB L!VE is another new addition focusing on workshops and educational and planning tools. The final new aspect is iGB Introducing, a dedicated area to enhance networking opportunities between all attendees. Overall, iGB L!VE looks set to be a busy but beneficial event for all.

Sportsbooks Prepare for the FIFA Women’s World Cup

Sportsbooks and land-based bookmakers are gearing up for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023. Prepare to see a flurry of football-themed slots and games across all iGaming verticals over the coming months. This year’s tournament will be the ninth of its kind, with Australia and New Zealand acting as joint hosts.

The USA is still many people’s favourite to win, having taken home the cup four out of eight times since its inception in 1991. Germany previously won the Cup twice, with Japan and Norway taking home the trophy once each. 

However, many will watch the England Lionesses closely after their stellar effort at last year's UEFA Women’s Championship. The first matches of the competition will be New Zealand v Norway and Australia v the Republic of Ireland, with both games taking place on 20 July.

New State Lottery on the Cards for Rio Grande do Sul?

A brand new state lottery may be on the cards for Rio Grande do Sul. The state is at the southern tip of Brazil and is home to almost 12 million people. The exciting news came on the 9 of June when a public notice was published in the Official Gazette (The Diário Oficial).

The notice means that examinations can now get underway to discover whether a state lottery would benefit the area. Specialists will undertake the research to assess the possible benefits of the proposal and how things would work structurally. The general public will also be involved in the decision-making, with the final result revealed sometime next year.

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