Pressemeddelelse: DOGA inviterer spilbranchen til drøftelser om forebyggelse af ludomani

DOGA inviterer spilbranchen til drøftelser om forebyggelse af ludomani

Rapporten “Pengespil og spilleproblemer i Danmark 2005-2016” udarbejdet af SFI (Det Nationale Forskningscenter for Velfærd) udkom i dag. Rapporten som er den første statsstøttede ludomanirapport foretaget i 10 år, viser rapporten, at antallet af ludomaner i Danmark i 2016 er på næsten det samme niveau som i 2005. Ca. 10.000 danskere – ca. 0,3 % af befolkningen - er ludomaner. Selv om der er sket en lille stigning i tallet, viser at Danmark har det samme antal eller færre ludomaner end i Sverige og Norge, hvor onlinespil ikke er liberaliseret.

Hos DOGA hilses det velkommen, at der endelig er gennemført en seriøs undersøgelse af spilmarkedet i Danmark, og af hvorledes de forskellige spil påvirker spillerne. Desværre viser undersøgelsen ikke, hvordan liberaliseringen af spilmarkedet og de nye spiludbydere har påvirket spillerne (positivt eller negativt), da undersøgelsen ikke indeholder en måling af antallet af ludomaner i perioden 2012-2016.

Undersøgelsen viser dog, at de ludomani-ramte spillere er bedre beskyttet i dag end i 2005, idet en del af dem, der har spilproblemer (16 pct.), har udelukket sig selv fra spil, fx i ROFUS (Register Over Frivilligt Udelukkede Spillere) eller direkte hos en spiludbyder (31 pct.), og endelig har en del søgt hjælp eller behandling vedrørende spillevaner (16 pct.). 

Trods bedre regulering af spilmarkedet i dag end i 2005 er der stadig for mange spillere i Danmark, der har problemer med spil, og derfor skal alle i spilbranchen blive bedre til at forebygge ludomani. DOGA vil drøfte de udfordringer med resten af aktørerne på spilmarkedet og arrangerer derfor en konference sammen Kasinoforeningen og Center for Ludomani på en konference den 6. oktober på Casino Copenhagen. 

 

For yderligere oplysninger kontakt:

Direktør, Morten Rønde, tlf. 20887210, e-mail morten.ronde@doga.dk

Infographic on The Danish Gambling Market 2008 - 2014

DOGA is pleased to publish an infographic on the Danish Gambling Market showing gross gaming revenue numbers from 2008 - 2014. 

Morten Ronde, CEO of DOGA, says about the new infographic: "It is not easy to find proper presentations of numbers for gambling markets in Europe. I want to make information about the Danish gambling market easily accessible for operators, regulators, journalists and other stakeholders within the industry. While some of the information used in the infographic is available on government sites or in commercial databases, DOGA's infographic provides estimates of the black market size, offline/online split on betting products etc. I believe that our infographic is a useful tool for people interested in the Danish market. Furthermore, I hope that the Danish Government over time will publish more numbers from the gambling market so DOGA's estimates can be replaced with factual numbers." 

See infographic Danish version below. 

 
 

Undersøgelse af det sorte marked for online spil i Danmark - Del II

København, maj 2015

I marts 2015 offentliggjorde DOGA resultaterne af en undersøgelse vedrørende størrelsen af det sorte marked for online spil i Danmark. 

Den anden del af undersøgelsen om det sorte marked blev færdiggjort i maj 2015. Undersøgelsen drejer sig om antallet af online spiludbyder på det danske marked. Formålet med denne undersøgelse er at opnå et overblik over størrelsen og værdien af udbydere uden dansk licens.

MyResearch gennemførte på vegne af DOGA undersøgelsen mellem d. 22 april 2015 og d. 08 maj 2015. Der blev foretaget 4.131 online interviews blandt personer 18-65 år bosiddende i Danmark (udgør 3,5 mio. personer). Heraf spillede 1.005 online sportsvæddemål, poker eller online casino.

Resultaterne af undersøgelsen kan opsummeres således:

  21% af den danske befolkning blandt personer 18-65 år spiller online sportsvæddemål, 8 % spiller poker og 8 % spiller onlinekasino

   6% har spillet online sportsvæddemål hos udbydere uden dansk licens, 27 % har spillet online poker hos udbydere uden dansk licens og 23 % har spillet onlinekasino hos udbydere uden dansk licens.

    14 % af onlinespillerne har spillet kasino eller poker hos udbydere uden dansk licen

   13% af det samlede månedlige spillebeløb anvendes hos udbydere uden dansk licens. 10% bliver brugt på sportsvæddemål, 17 % på onlinekasino og 19 % på onlinepoker.

  Kvinder, yngre samt personer med høje månedlige spillebeløb spiller i højere grad hos udbydere uden dansk licens.

   Det månedlige forbrug hos spillere, der spiller via udbydere uden dansk licens, er 5 gange højere.

Se hele undersøgelsen her

Morten Rønde, direktør for DOGA, udtaler om resultaterne i undersøgelsen:

”Undersøgelsen understøtter konklusionen af den forrige undersøgelse, nemlig at det sorte marked i Danmark er en realitet. Antallet af dansker, der spiller hos "sorte" udbydere er lille, men de spillere, som spiller hos de sorte udbydere, spiller for store pengebeløb.

Den nye undersøgelse var den sidste brik i puslespillet. Det fremgår af undersøgelsen, at det sorte marked ikke kun er tilstede for så vidt angår online sportsvæddemål men også for onlinekasino.

Det kan ikke understreges nok at denne problemstilling må tages seriøst. Vi bliver nødt til at se meget nøje på, hvorfor der stadig er så mange danske spillere, der gør brug af spilleudbyderne på det sorte marked, og hvad der kan gøres for at opmuntre spillerne til udelukkende at spille hos de autoriserede spilleudbydere.

I min optik burde myndighederne overveje at give udbyderene tilladelse til at levere et produkt med bredere rækkevide  – f.eks. online bingo og andre online talspil – for at kunne sikre sig, at danske spillere ikke gør brug af disse spil hos spilleudbydere på det sorte marked. Derudover vil en forbedring af forbrugernes digitale oplevelse, f.eks. ved konto login, fremme de danske spilleudbyderes chancer for at kunne effektivt konkurrere om forbrugerenes efterspørgsel i den globale digitale verden.

Spillemyndigheden kunne muligvis overveje at sørge for yderligere information til forbrugerne om, hvem de autoriserede spilleudbydere er i Danmark. Vi ved fra en undersøgelse fra begyndelsen af året, at halvdelen af de personer, som spiller hos udbydere på det sorte marked, er uvidende om at de spiller hos spiludbydere uden spillelicens.  

Black Market Survey part II published

 

Copenhagen, May 2015

In March 2015 DOGA published the results of a study concerning the size of the black market in Denmark, specifically in online sports betting.

The second part of the black market survey was finalized in May 2015. It concerns the extensive number of online casino operators on the Danish market. The purpose of the survey is to estimate the Danish volume and value share for betting operators without a Danish license.

On behalf of DOGA the agency MyResearch conducted the study between 22/4 – 8/5 2015 and interviewed 4131 persons aged between 18-65 residing in Denmark (total population in this group is 3.5 M people). Of the 4,131 interviews a total of 1005 people played sports betting, poker or casino.

The results of the survey can be summarized as follows:

       21% of the Danish population between 18-65 places bets on online sports betting, 8 % poker and 8 % online casino

       6 % of the online gambling players place bets with unlicensed betting operators, 27 % with online poker operators, 23 % with unlicensed online casino operators

       14 % of the online gambling players have placed bets/played casino or poker with unlicensed operators.

       In average 13% of the total monthly spend is placed with online operators without a Danish license. 10 % is spent on betting, 17 % on online casino and 19 % on online poker. 

       Women, younger and people with a high monthly spend plays more frequently with operators without Danish license.

       The average monthly spend among persons who bets with unlicensed operators is 5 times higher.

See results from the black market survey here.

Morten Ronde, Chief Executive of DOGA, said commenting on the results of the survey:

“The survey affirms the conclusion of the previous black market survey, namely that the black market in Denmark is indeed a reality. While there are few Danes who place bets on unlicensed sites these players spend a significant amount of money when they bet.

This new survey was the last piece of the puzzle, showing that the black market is not only present in sports betting but also in online casino.

It cannot be stressed enough that this needs to be taken seriously. We need to consider why so many of the Danish players are still using black market operators and what could be done to encourage the players to stake money on licensed operators only.

In my mind the government should look at allowing the online operators to provide a broader product scope – i.e. online bingo and instant lottery games – to avoid that Danish players are using black market operators to play these games. Moreover, better digital user experience e.g. upon account log-in will allow Danish licensees to compete more efficiently for consumer demand in global digital cyberspace.

Perhaps the Danish Gambling Authority could also do more to inform the players about who the licensed operators in Denmark are. We know from a previous study made earlier this year that half of the players who stake money on black market operators are unaware that these operators are unlicensed.”

Swedish Gambling Authority Publish DK Black Market Numbers

The Swedish Gambling Authority has published figures from the Danish gambling market i 2014.

In a comparison between the Danish and Swedish gambling markets, the Authority sees significant differences. The gaming machine market is noticeably larger in Denmark, while, for example, betting on horses is considerably less than in Sweden (18% in Sweden compared to 2% in Denmark of the total market).

Interestingly, the Swedish Gambling Authority estimates that the size of the black market in Denmark for betting and online casino is between 15-17 %. These numbers are in correspondence with the findings of a survey conducted by DOGA in March. 

See the figures (in Swedish) from the Swedish Gambling Authority here.

Black Market Survey Published

Copenhagen, March 2015

Since the opening of the new gambling market for betting and online casino in 2012 there has been a lot discussion about the size of the black market for online gambling in Denmark.

The Danish Gambling Authority and H2 Gambling Capital have published very different estimates of the black market size and it was therefore necessary for DOGA to investigate further into the actual size of the black market.


On behalf of DOGA the agency MyResearch conducted the study during January 2015 and interviewed 4,637 people among 18-65 year residing in Denmark (total population in this group is 3.5 M people). Of the 4,637 interviews a total of 1,095 people played sports betting.

The results of the survey can be summarized as follows:

  • 1 out of 4 of Danish players bets on online sports betting operators
  • 8 % of the players have placed bets with unlicensed operators
  • 17 % of the total monthly spend is placed with betting operators without a Danish license.
  • Younger people and people with a high monthly spend of money bet more frequently with operators without a Danish license.
  • The average monthly spend with persons who bet on unlicensed operators is 3.7 times higher
  • The average highest bet placed for persons placing money at unlicensed operators is (also) 3.7 times higher
  • 4 out of 10 do not know that in Denmark only operators with a Danish license are permitted to operate and market betting. Few women, younger people and persons who place bets on unlicensed operators know about the rules. 

See results from the the black market survey here

Morten Ronde, Chief Executive of DOGA, said commenting on the results of the survey:

“The survey shows what we already suspected: While there are few Danes who place bets on unlicensed sites these players spend a significant amount of money when they bet. Everybody loses when money is staked on black market operators. The players do not get the same kind of the protection that the Danish legislation and controls provide and the Danish State lose out on tax money. Furthermore the licensed industry operators who have invested money in the Danish market are faced with unfair competition from black market operators. 

It is therefore of utmost importance that every possible measure is taken to prevent the black market operators from offering bets to Danish players. If the authorities do not have the right tools to protect the licensed operators from the black market operators the gambling law needs to be amended.” said Morten Ronde. 

Undersøgelse af det sorte marked for online spil i Danmark

København, 11. marts 2015

Siden åbningen af en nye spillemarked for væddemål og online kasino i 2012, har der været diskussion om størrelsen af det sorte marked for online spil i Danmark. 


Spillemyndigheden og H2 Gambling Capital har offentliggjort meget forskellige estimater af, hvor meget danskerne spiller på spilselskaber uden dansk licens (det sorte marked), og det var derfor nødvendigt, at DOGA foretog en undersøgelse af den reelle størrelse af det sorte marked.

MyResearch gennemførte på vegne af DOGA en undersøgelse i løbet af januar 2015. Der blev foretaget 4.637 online interviews blandt personer 18-65 år bosiddende i Danmark (udgør 3,5 mio. personer). Heraf spillede 1.095 online sportsvæddemål.


Resultaterne af undersøgelsen kan opsummeres således:

  • 1 ud af 4 spiller online sportsvæddemål.
  • 8 % har spillet online sportsvæddemål hos udbydere uden dansk licens.
  • Yngre samt personer med høje månedlige spillebeløb spiller i højere grad sportsvæddemål hos udbydere uden dansk licens.
  • Det gennemsnitlige månedlige spillebeløb for personer, der spiller via udbydere uden dansk licens, er 3,7 gange højere end blandt personer, der spiller via udbydere med dansk licens. 
  • 17 % af det samlede spillebeløb anvendes hos udbydere uden dansk licens.
  • Det gennemsnitlige største pengebeløb den seneste måned for personer, der spiller via udbyder uden dansk licens, er 3,7 gange højere end blandt personer, der spiller via udbydere med dansk licens.
  • 4 ud af 10 ved ikke, at det i Danmark kun er virksomheder med dansk licens, der må udbyde og markedsføre sportsvæddemål. Færre kvinder, yngre samt personer anvender udbydere uden licens, kender til lovgivningen.

Se hele undersøgelsen her

Morten Rønde, direktør for DOGA, udtaler om resultaterne i undersøgelsen:

”Undersøgelsen viser, hvad vi allerede havde mistanke om: At antallet af dansker, der spiller hos "sorte" udbydere er lille, men at de spillere, som spiller hos de sorte udbydere, spiller for store pengebeløb.

Alle taber, når der spilles hos sorte udbydere: Spillerne får ikke den beskyttelse, som dansk lovgivning og kontrol giver, mens den danske stat og de danske udbydere med dansk licens mister omsætning og skattekroner. Derfor er det meget vigtigt, at der gøres mest muligt for at forhindre  sorte spiludbydere i at udbyde spil til danskere. Hvis myndighederne ikke har de rigtige værktøjer til at beskytte de autoriserede spilselskaber mod spilselskaberne på det sorte marked, må spilloven til revision, så der kan fastsættes strammere regler."

Gambling monopolies are dead, says Danish Executive

An executive at Denmark’s state-owned gambling firm has said that “the days of gambling monopolies are over” and told lotteries to instead embrace the competition that comes with the opening of a market.

“You shouldn’t fight de-regulation and the farewells of monopolies,” said Niels Folmann, CEO of state-owned Danske Licens Spil. 

“It’s like wishing for your youngest daughter not to grow up and fall in love with the nasty guy with a motorbike next door. It will happen and you will be de-regulated in one way or another.”

Folmann, who is the head of Danske Spil’s sports-betting and online unit, told executives at the World Lottery Summit in Rome last week that opening the gambling market could be more beneficial to a country’s government than having a monopoly.  

He said: “The best thing is that we now have fair competition. We have the same restrictions, same tax regime, we have to comply with the same rules and keep the same data and we have the same regulator to make sure we comply with all regulations.” 

Folmann said during a debate on the merits of competition versus monopolies that the total tax contribution to the Danish government is now bigger than before a licensing system was introduced in 2012.

Danske Spil has had to be innovative in the fields of advertising and product scope to remain a market leader in a competitive environment, he said. Since the opening of the market, Danske Spil has managed to capture around 35 percent of the online market and 60 percent of the overall market. However, lottery executives from Africa and Asia questioned whether liberalisation was the right option for every country.

Younes El Mechrafi, CEO of La Marocaine des Jeux & des Sports en Ligne (MDJS), the monopoly holder in Morocco, said there were concerns about a liberal gambling market, including the lack of proper control and the risk of increased problem gambling.

A recent study in Denmark showed that problem gambling had increased tenfold over the last eight years, prompting the government to open an investigation into gambling addiction.

Folmann said that Danske Spil is funding research into problem gambling but added that it is an advantage that the issue is now “out in the open” and can be tackled.

“It’s like wishing for your youngest daughter not to grow up and fall in love with the nasty guy with a motorbike next door. It will happen and you will be de-regulated in one way or another,” said Niels Folmann of state-owned Danske Licens Spil.

Mechrafi said that there is no proof that opening up gambling markets has brought more money to the state but instead said that in countries such as Italy the tax contribution from gambling has fallen drastically since the market was liberalised. 

He added that the trend seen in Europe to liberalise gambling markets is not an option for all continents. 

“It looks like this is mainly a European concern,” he said. “Most of the African countries share problems that make opening the market not an option for them.”

He highlighted the low maturity level of the African gambling market, lack of research, technological disadvantages as well as moral and religious reluctance as obstacles for African countries to allow an open market. 

Although Morocco had “overcome” these issues with MDJS now offering lottery games, scratch cards and sports betting online, opening the market is not a good option, according to Mechrafi.

Jim Yu, vice president of Chinese sports lottery 500.com, agreed and said that “one nation can’t have two queens”.

He added that social responsibility is enhanced with just one operator and “one brand is less confusing for customers” as it makes it easier to identify the illegal operators.

Ludovico Calvi, head of betting at Italian operator Lottomatica, said that finding a balance between social needs and market needs is the most important thing. 

“We believe very much that lotteries can be in a competitive environment and be profitable and can be more sales oriented, more consumer and market oriented as long as there are controls by the state, the regulator,” Calvi said. 

He added that a competitive market is healthy and brings value to the market.

Written by: Lina Sennevall 
www.gamblingcompliance.com

Onlinespiludbyderne i Danmark vil også være ”til glæde og til gavn”

DOGA, København - 22. oktober 2014

Onlinespiludbyderne i DOGA står nu sammen for at støtte op om overskudsmodtagerne, som bliver påvirket af det hurtigt faldende overskud fra Danske Spils lotterier.

DOGA peger på, at flere af de spil, som Danske Spil har monopol på at udbyde i dag er hendøende, og at man kunne skabe mere liv i spilmarkedet ved at give onlinespiludbyderne adgang til at udbyde spillene sammen med Danske Spil. Indtægterne fra den skat, som betales af overskuddet fra spillene, kan så fordeles ud til foreningslivet i Danmark. 

Flere af de spil, som tidligere var forbeholdt Danske Spils statsmonopol at udbyde, har siden 2012 kunnet udbydes af 31 onlinespiludbydere med licens i Danmark. Det har rusket op i spilmarkedet og givet meget bedre produkter til spillerne og langt højere indtægter til statskassen.

Da onlinespiludbyderne i 2012 fik licens til at udbyde væddemål og onlinekasinospil blev de samtidig af staten afkrævet at lukke for de meget populære onlinebingo og skrabespil de udbød, og som derfor forsvandt fra den ene dag til den anden.

- Det var efter min mening ikke rigtigt at beholde monopol på at udbyde onlinebingo, skrabespil og væddemål på hestevæddeløb, for vi kan se, at omsætningen på de spil ikke har gået særligt godt siden. Samtidig er der mange sjove spilformer, som både onlinespiludbyderne og Danske Spil er afskåret fra at udbyde til de danske spillere. Det må vi lave om på. 

Alt tyder på, at det vil være sundt at give Danske Spil lidt konkurrence på andre af de spil, de udbyder. Modellen har nu stået sin prøve på væddemål og onlinekasinospil, og nu må det være på tide at få kigget på liberalisering af så mange andre spil som muligt. Jeg tror på, at man ved at liberalisere mere af spilmarkedet nu kan skabe de indtægter til foreningerne i Danmark, som de står og mangler nu, siger Morten Rønde, direktør i DOGA.

DOGA peger på, at man i samme tag, bør få skilt Danske Spils aktiviteter rigtigt ad, så den del af selskabet, der udbyder spil i konkurrence med andre spiludbydere kan forberedes på et salg af Danske Spil.

 

Yderligere oplysninger hos Morten Rønde på telefon 20 88 72 10 eller på email: morten.ronde@doga.dk

The EU Commission refers Sweden to Court for lack of compliance with EU law

The European Commission has today taken two separate decisions to refer Sweden to the Court of Justice of the EU in relation to Swedish legislation for gambling services.

In November 2013 the Commission asked Sweden to take action to ensure compliance of its national rules with EU law in the areas of online betting services and online poker services (IP 13/1101). The Commission does not consider the Swedish reactions to these requests as satisfactory.

Consequently, Sweden is referred to the Court of Justice for imposing restrictions on the organisation and promotion of online betting services in a way which is inconsistent with EU law. The Commission considers that the way that the Swedish exclusive right system for sport betting is organised is inconsistent with the aim of achieving the public policy objectives of preventing problem gambling and criminal activities and lacks the necessary state control. Changes to the Swedish gambling law in order to make it compliant with EU law have long been envisaged but never implemented.

In the second case, the referral to the Court of Justice is based on restrictions on the provision and promotion of online poker games. The Commission is of the opinion that the exclusive right holder is not subject to adequate control by the Swedish authorities and that the restrictive policy in the area of poker games is not consistent as the Swedish authorities tolerate the unauthorised offer and promotion of poker games.

For further information: http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-14-1150_en.htm

Press release: CJEU confirms Danish differentiated tax regime for online gambling

 

Copenhagen, 26 September 2014

Today, the General Court of the EU issued a ruling in State aid cases T-601/11 (Dansk Automat Brancheforening v Commission) and T-615/11 (Royal Scandinavian Casino Århus v Commission), confirming the differentiated Danish tax regime for online gambling (see ruling). The applicants had challenged the European Commission's decision that a differentiated tax regime for on- and offline gambling is compliant with EU State aid rules. The Court found that the land-based applicants are not individually affected by the tax regime. It confirms that Member States can continue to set a tax level for online gambling that takes into account the competitive global .com offer in order to ensure that consumers are channelled to the regulated offer. 

The two cases were brought by land-based applicants against the European Commission’s Decision to approve the Danish taxation model for online and offline gambling, which establishes different taxation levels for the two different types of gambling. The Danish tax level for online gambling was set at a level taking into account the need to channel the Danish consumer towards the regulated online gambling offer which is key in safeguarding the public policy objectives of the Danish Gaming Act. The Court today ruled that such differentiated tax measures are of general application and there is no specific aspect that can demonstrate that the applicants are specifically and individually affected by the tax measure. 

According to the Court:

"[T]he applicant has not demonstrated […] that the aid measure in question was liable to have a substantial adverse effect on the position of one or more of its members on the market concerned. The applicant’s members and, consequently, the applicant are therefore not individually concerned by the contested decision." (T-601/11, para 52)

 

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For more information, please contact: Morten Ronde, CEO of DOGA: +45 2088 7210, info@doga.dk  

Background information on the case

In case T-601/11, on 30 November 2011 and in case T-615/11, on 06 December 2011, the applicants submitted a challenge to the Commission Decision of 20 September 2011 in Case No C 35/2010 (ex N 302/2010) on measures which Denmark is planning to implement in the form of duties for online gaming in the Danish Gaming Duties Act.

About DOGA

DOGA is the trade association for online gambling in Denmark. It was established in December 2011 to represent the sector in Denmark and abroad. Its governing body is the Executive Committee which is selected by the full membership every year. Online gambling is the fastest growing sector of the gambling industry. It is a huge business and one of the internet's greatest commercial success stories. Against that background the DOGA is committed to promoting a well-regulated and non-discriminatory Danish environment for responsible licensed operators.

www.doga.dk