Garzón toughens the Game Law

Garzón toughens the Game Law. The Gaming Law presented in the European Commission is much more restrictive than the one Garzón presented in February 2020. Minister Garzón toughens the Gaming Law in the private sector, and takes on the entire gaming industry. The Consumer Ministry stifles bookmakers and gambling operators by limiting advertising to nighttime hours. From now on, it will only be possible to broadcast advertising on radio, television and other digital media from 1 to 5 in the morning. In addition, operators will not be able to use the welcome or loyalty bonuses as a strategy to attract new customers or retain users. And finally, the teams of any sport will not be able to carry advertising on their sports jerseys or kits.

86 civil organizations and associations demand toughening of the Gaming Law

The Ministry of Consumer Affairs presented a project last February to modify Law 13/2011, of May 27, and thus lay the foundations for advertising related to the gaming sector. In that draft of the Royal Decree, Alberto Garzón prohibited the use of popular or famous characters, limited the hours of advertising on radio, television and other digital media. Measures adopted to protect minors and other vulnerable groups. However, 86 organizations and civil associations have demanded a stricter and more ambitious Gambling Law to combat gambling. This new version of the draft of the Royal Decree is more restrictive. The objective is to face the risks that the addiction to the game can have in the youngest and in the population in general. As a result of the confinement, due to the health crisis of COVID-19, online gambling has increased, according to the Ministry of Consumer Affairs.

Shared grievance between the private and public sectors

Garzón toughens the Game Law. The private gaming sector in Spain considers it a comparative offense that the Gaming Law should only be complied with by the private sector. Both the ONCE and Loterías y Apuestas del Estado (SELAE) are exempt from any time restrictions or forms of sponsorship and advertising. In fact, on the same day that Garzón presented the Gaming Law in the European Commission, SELAE announced the summer campaign of the Christmas Lottery 2020. This year under the title “More win than ever” and with the hashtag #GanasDeDisrtarSuerte to through radio, television and digital media. The president of SELAE, Jesús Huerta, announced it like this, “There is already a Christmas Lottery. And this year we have more desire than ever to distribute luck in every corner of our country.”

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