Spain’s DGOJ sanctions autumn clean-up of licensee remits

Four Spanish licensed incumbents have had specific licensee provisions withdrawn ‘for inactivity’ sanctioned by gambling regulatory authority the DGOJ.

This October, the DGOJ undertook a review of operators’ current market status, which forced the regulator to terminate specific licensee provision attached to Unidad Editorial Juegos, Beatya Entertainment, Paf Consulting ABP and Winamax Espana.

Publishing its judgement, the DGOJ details that it has withdrawn the horseracing wagering remits of ‘Editorial Juegos’ – the operating company of MarcaApuestas.com, the online sportsbook domain of leading Spanish sports newspaper Marca.

Meanwhile, Åland Islands operator Paf, who has operated in the Spanish online gambling market since 2012, has seen its online bingo B2C licence terminated for failure to activate its product.

Of notable surprise, the DGOJ has withdrawn the B2C sports betting licence of French online gambling incumbent Winamax, who will now serve the Spanish market solely as an online poker operator.

This summer, Winamax announced its first La Liga football partnerships with newly-promoted Granada CF (currently third in La Liga), in which the French operator detailed that it would advertise both its online poker and sports betting services.

Winamax maintains the majority of its Spanish market presence as lead online poker partner for Marca, organising the sports publishers ‘Marca Pokernational tour.

DGOJ’s final sanction relates to Beatya Entertainment, operating subsidiary of online casino StarVegas.es which has seen its licensing provisions for Punto y Banca table games axed.

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