Greece – Hellenic Gaming Commission gives small consultation window for online changesBy Phil - 18 January 2019
The Hellenic Gaming Commission (EEEP) has publishing an updated list of rules on its online gambling regulations, giving the iGaming sector just 10 days to respond.
There are several amendments to earlier legislation with a range of player protection measures proposed.
Operators must now add responsible gambling information on all pages of their website, as well as offering players the chance to set betting limits. Operators will need to check if new customers are listed on a national self-exclusion database before signing them up and must restrict accounts if players display signs of problem gambling as detailed in the guidelines set by the EEEP.
Players will now have the option of self-excluding either temporarily or permanently. Operators mustn’t use any malicious or offensive graphics or sounds in ads on their websites with adverts no longer allowed to block or overshadow the gaming area.
Images of sports players must approved for use before they appear in adverts. With regards to bonus features, games must be subject to the same theoretical paytable as all other games unless specifically advertised that they are different. They must also display how much a player can win and a game’s range of features.
Players must be told how many symbols trigger a bonus game and how many games they have to play to get the bonus offered.
Licences must have a central information system in place, as well as an intermediate control system and gateway control.
Online gaming and sports betting licences will cost €5m with just a sports licence costing €4m, with operators having to pay an extra €1m to also offer igaming services. The licences will run for five years with operators needing to renew one year before the expiry date.
The consultation period ends on January 25.