Spanish Regulator DGOJ have announced that they will make a decision on whether or not they will be legalising and regulated online slots within the .es by 22nd April.
This leaves any interested parties with until 6th March to submit their comments on how they feel regulating the exchange betting and online slots market will affect the Spanish gambling sector.
Before it decides whether online slots should be made legal, the DGOJ will consider if this will help their aims, which include the promotion of responsible gaming and fair play, preventing minors playing, gambling related crime and illegal gambling, and ensuring players’ funds and personal data are protected. With these aims in mind they will look at examining the possible impact of regulation in Spain, the effects, both direct and indirect, on society, and examples and evidence of best international practice concerning online slots. In order to present a balanced decision they have also welcomed input from research centres and anyone who has been adversely affected by problem gambling.
It was just a few weeks ago that slots operators were hopeful of an immediate decision before the Spanish regulator announced that it needed more time to explore all avenues, and in particular to explore any negative implications that legalising slots could have on players.