Spain's Supreme Court Strikes Down Gambling Ad Ban

This week the Spanish Supreme Court struck down a number of gambling ad restrictions that were put into place via Spanish Royal Decree 958/2020.

The move comes following a challenge from the Spanish Digital Gaming Association, who claimed the restrictions weren't legal. At the time of the decree, gambling ads on TV, radio, and YouTube was restricted to the hours of 1am and 5am. Promotions could also only be targeted to existing social media groups. Operators had to not offer promotional bonuses and had to only target players of specific ages.

Later down the line, the government banned sporting sponsorships and using celebrities in spots.

Now, the Supreme Court has reversed several of these rules, noting: "The ruling considers that advertising is part of the freedom of business and is subject to limits.

"However, such limits and prohibitions, insofar as they also affect the exercise of a lawful business activity, must have sufficient legal coverage, without being able to be regulated by independent regulatory standards unrelated to the criteria and limits set by the legislator."

Operators can now target ads toward new customers, can advertise in establishments that facilitate lottery sales, and use celebrities in their advertisements. Operators can also use video sharing platforms.

Of note, the sponsorship ban wasn't mentioned in the ruling, meaning that those measures are still in place. It's possible that those restrictions will be addressed in the future, but as for now they're still banned.

About the author

Therese Williams // UK Correspondent
Therese Williams
Therese is a fervent fan of slot machines and pub fruities, often trying her luck at some of the top online casinos. She covers news for Casino Listings with a focus on the UK and Europe. Therese studied arts and creative writing at university and has written for newspapers in the UK.

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