Casino gaming developer Novomatic has been ordered to pay a total of £2.2 million in compensation to a gambling addict by an Austrian court.
The individual, who has not been named, had been playing on Novomatic-made slots machines between 2002 and 2012 while suffering from gambling addiction, and it was estimated that he spent over €2m playing the slot games during that ten-year period. All of his bets were placed with Novamatic devices in gambling venues in Vienna.
According to lawyers for the plaintiff, he was effectively partially incapacitated as a result of his gambling addiction, and was unable to work as a result. The court agreed with the claims made by the plaintiff and ruled that all of the bets that had been placed were invalidated by his gambling problem. Novomatic were ordered to refund all of the money that had been wagered during this time, together with interest. The company was also ruled to have breached Austrian gambling regulations concerning limits on payouts and stakes with slot machines.
According to reports in the Austrian media, the ruling in this case was made in August, but has only now been made public. For their part, Novomatic have stated that they intend to appeal against the decision, although there is no evidence that an appeal has yet been made.
The details of this ruling comes after Novomatic’s warning back in August that regulatory pressures had the potential to affect the company’s profitability, although they also announced a 12.6 percent year-on-year revenue boost for the first half of 2018. Sales revenue earned from gaming machines was also up significantly, due to the takeover of Ainsworth Game Technology in January.
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