Sweden may not regulate before 2014; Gioco brings live dealer to Italy; Zukido launches new mobile platform


SwedenSweden is unlikely to regulate its online gambling industry until 2014 at the earliest. Consumer power and social issues are thought to be two of the stickiest points with another key quarrel over how the government will be able to bar unregulated sites. The current government’s term finishes in 2014 and MP Gustaf Hoffstedt told eGR: “I understand there may be a possibility of a licensed system being introduced at the very end of this period in the parliament in 2014, but I think it is probably more realistic to speak about regulation happening under the next government from 2014-15.”

Until 2014, Swedes will continue to gamble with the added benefit that they’ll be able to do so through the international gaming industry firms that can offer a better service.

Bwin.party’s (Pwin) Italian arm is the latest to offer live dealer casino games. Customers playing on Gioco Digitale can benefit from Evolution Gaming online roulette and blackjack games featuring native Italian speaking dealers for the first time. It came on the same day that the country’s online casino and cash poker spent nearly a record €4billion.

Zukido has launched its newest mobile gaming industry platform with zBox Mobile released. It works on all smart phone platforms with Blackjack, Roulette, Hi-Lo and Scratch Cards already available and Multi-line and Baccarat to be added soon. They run on HTML5 and it starts to show that Adobe abandoning may have been a wise move after all. It will also be fully integrated into tablet PC offerings very soon. David Sargeant, Commercial Director at Zukido, commented: “Operators are looking for ways to cross-sell casino from existing mobile sportsbooks and the zBox mobile games are the perfect way to do this. The games are easily integrated and commercially competitive”.