The jurisdiction for ANJ will cover the country of 14 authorized online operators, all online and point of sale for the lottery and betting games sold by the Française des Jeux (FDJ), as well as the Pari Mutuel Urbain network. retail betting outlets and sports betting sites.
In addition, ANJ will be responsible for supervising France 202 casinos, with the exception of the fight against money laundering and integrity issues, which will remain the responsibility of the Ministry of the Interior.
ANJ says this represents 78% of the French regulated market, compared to only 11% covered by the previous plan, led by ARJEL.
A decree formalizing the transfer of power from ARJEL to ANJ came into effect on March 4, with ANJ officially becoming the new regulator after it met for the first time earlier today.
“The ANJ is not an enlargement of the ARJEL, it is a new project that requires rethinking regulation”, ANJ president Isabelle Falque-pierrotin said. “He has to adapt his interventions to monopolies and to game players, for the most part anonymously in points of sale.
“I want to put in place a regulation that combines control and support to better serve them and protect the players.”
ANJ will focus on four main objectives; to prevent gambling problems and protect children and young adults; ensure the integrity, reliability and transparency of the game; avoid all fraud and criminal activity; and ensuring fair and balanced game development.
In terms of increased powers, ANJ will have more influence than its predecessor, including the power to order the operator to remove advertising from materials and the ability to perform site checks
ANJ will also be responsible for the licensing of operators, including the type of games they offer, their promotional strategies, action plans to prevent fraud and money laundering and responsible gaming strategies, as well than an annual review of their service offering.
How to regulate the market, ET is developing new strategies for the prevention of gambling addiction and the protection of minors, as well as the fight against fraud, money laundering and terrorist financing. Once completed, ANJ will submit for both consultation with stakeholders.
Problem of the game, the regulator explained, it was particularly important to highlight, noting that current estimates indicate that there are at least 1.2m people across the country experiencing problems. To solve this problem, it aims to provide more information and services to consumers to keep their playing sustainable, and to monitor player activity, in order to better identify unhealthy behaviors.
This will include a new registration process for nationals from the self-exclusion country, supported by responsible gaming tools. ANJ is due to take over the Ministry of the Interior’s database in September this year.
ANJ will also meet financial institutions to take on new responsibilities and develop strategies to collaborate with banks on combating and preventing criminal activity. The regulator also works with the Home Office to perform on-site inspections of retail outlets and casinos.
The new organization takes control after ARJEL earlier this month revealed that the French igaming market has shown few signs of the impact of the new coronavirus (Covid-19) in the first quarter of 2020, but also said the impact would be seen in subsequent quarters.
Gross gaming revenue for the three month period ended March 31, 2020 was 21.8% year on year at € 435m (£ 393.8m / $ 488.3m), fueled by continued growth in sports betting ; the recovery of bets on horse racing, and a solid performance in poker.