The Spanish regulator is hoping that issuing more casino licenses will help to stimulate growth in the regulated online gambling market. Spain is a relatively small nation, and a high percentage of online gambling activity takes place at unregulated (and technically illegal) sites, so officials are keen to see the new regulated venues and increased range of games attract players back to the right side of the law.
Playtech has been in the business of supplying online gambling software and titles since 1999, and one of its proudest achievements is its pioneering development of Omni-Channel gaming, its own brand of which is known as Playtech ONE. This allows players to seamlessly enjoy any of its games on any channel and on any device, with just one account and one wallet. For example, players can take a slots game for a spin on their desktop PC at home and then continue with the same game and using the same account, on the move via their mobile device.
The Playtech brand is already established in Spain, but the ability of the company to now offer its considerable range of slots and other games to its licensees means that it can look forward to strengthening its position even further, as Shimon Akad, Chief Operating Officer of Playtech, explained: ‘The inclusion of online casino games and slots in Spain is a major breakthrough and will serve to increase our market share there.’
He continued: ‘Our licensees and their players can now enjoy a complete Omni-Channel gaming solution online, on any mobile device, in-venue, and in retail outlets, across casino, bingo, poker, sports, virtual, live, and social, casual and fixed-odds games.’
It will be interesting to see how the Spanish online gambling market progresses from here, and whether the reopening of the licencing window helps to reduce unregulated gambling in the nation. What is fairly certain is that online casino fans in Spain will now have even more great games to play online if they don’t feel like taking a siesta every afternoon!