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Spain’s gambling regulator the Dirección General de Ordenación del Juego (DGOJ) has opened a public consultation on the introduction of cross-operator deposit limits for customers.

The topic is one of several now open for comment from industry stakeholders, and would see players face monthly limits on how much they can deposit across all licensed operators.

The change would mark a significant difference from the current deposit limit system, which prevents customers from spending over a certain threshold, but only with individual operators.

Under the proposed new system, customers would be prevented from circumventing their own self-imposed limits simply by moving over to another operator.

The public consultation on the matter is open until 16 October.

DGOJ background

The DGOJ said its regulatory objective is to “guarantee the protection of public order, fight against fraud, prevent addictive behaviour, protect the rights of minors and safeguard the rights of gambling participants.”

Spanish regulation has already tightened in recent years, with strict rules on marketing and advertising introduced in 2021.

At that time, gambling sponsorship in sport was outlawed, while a permitted window for TV and radio advertising was established between just 1AM and 5AM.

The DGOJ also continues to work on the introduction of a national self-exclusion register for customers in Spain, as currently each of Spain’s autonomous communities operates its own register.

In Q1 2023, operators in Spain’s regulated online gambling sector generated €304.9m in GGR, an increase of 51% over the prior-year comparative period.

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