JDigital appeal the Law of the Game. Spanish Association of Digital Gaming appeals to the Supreme Court the appeal against the Royal Decree of Commercial Communications of Gambling Activities that seeks to enclose the advertising of online gambling in Spain.
The Supreme Court has accepted the appeal of JDigital to revoke the Gaming Law approved last November. The Royal Decree was approved by the Council of Ministers at the proposal of the ministry led by Alberto Garzón. Minister of Consumption seeks to limit advertising in online games and eradicate sports sponsorships.
On Tuesday, January 19, the Official State Gazette published the appeal admitted on January 14 by the Third Section of the Contentious-Administrative Chamber of the High Court.
The Spanish Association for Digital Gaming is home to around 80% of online gambling operators in Spain. National and international operators such as Betsson, Codere, Casino Barcelona, Sportium, Luckia, William Hill, Betway, Mondobets, Paf, GoldenPark, Casino Gran Madrid or Bet 365.
A discriminatory, unfair and disproportionate law
JDigital appeal the Law of the Game. Online gambling operators consider that the Royal Decree that provides for regulating advertising in Spain is “discriminatory, unfair and disproportionate”. JDigital affirms that one of the most negative consequences of this law is the lack of protection of the players against illegal operators. Mainly in the most vulnerable groups. In addition to the economic impact that it will have on the sector. A battered sector as a result of the health crisis caused by the coronavirus.
In the statement issued, the Association reiterates that “online gambling advertising in Spain is, and has always been, the main tool provided in the Gaming Regulation Law to channel the legitimate demand for online gambling that exists in our country to a legal offer controlled by public authorities and, consequently, safe and responsible “.
Public sector vs private sector
In November, JDigital already expressed its discomfort at the discrimination of the regulations between the public and private sectors. The Gaming Law only applies in the private sector, that is, to online gambling operators. State lotteries and ONCE are exempt from this law. A more than obvious discrimination that angers the sector more.