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Licensed Remote Gaming Providers Could Enter Dutch Market in One Year at the Earliest
Marja Appelman, CEO at Netherlands Gaming Authority, revealed in a recent interview with Dutch Newspaper Trouw that the licensing process will take “at least” four to six months.
This means that, since no plenary vote on the long-awaited remote gaming bill has as of yet been scheduled, the first licensed operators could, at the very earliest, enter the Dutch market in about one year time.
Around 200 operators have expressed interest in acquiring a Dutch remote gaming license.
Ms Appelman further claimed that, due to enforcement by the Netherlands Gaming Authority, currently unlicensed operators are now largely refraining from offering their services on Dutch-language websites.
Last places available for the Gaming in Holland Business Drinks in Amsterdam, next Wednesday
Looking forward to see you all in Amsterdam at the Endemol Studios from 15.30 hrs next Wednesday, May 13th. We have 3 different sessions planned in the Miljoenenjacht Board Room. After that we will have a drink and networking in the bar. RSVP is a must: RSVP@GamingInHolland.com. Attention, this session will be held in Dutch only.
This session is co-hosted with mGage, sponsor of Gaming in Holland Conference 2015
Lottery Update: EARMARKING LOTTERY REVENUES, Safeguarding Netherlands charities’ income – Presentation and Discussion. Dr. A. Cuyvers MJur (Oxon).
will present the outcomes and advice of a legal opinion given by Leiden University’s Van den Bogaert and Cuyvers about lottery contributions to Dutch charities in a European law perspective.
Rutger-Jan Hebben, Director at Speel Verantwoord will present the 10 Key Points for a Successful Regulation- KOA (Remote Gaming) in a short session. Speel Verantwoord is the industry association for international operators in the Netherlands.
From mGage Meltem Ucer will give a short introduction why they Gaming in Holland Sponsorship was important. mGage mGage’s easy to use SaaS cloud-based technology enables gambling and gaming companies, such as Betfred, Ladbrokes and mFortune, to intelligently acquire new customers, reduce dropout rate and increase player value.
Please RSVP, and you will receive further details: RSVP@GamingInHolland.com
Places are limited.
99% of Dutch Punters Are Problem-Free Players
In addition to interviewing Ms Appelman, Trouw also looked into the number of compulsive gamblers in the Netherlands.
Their number remains relatively small. Of the 8.7 million individuals who engage in betting, gaming, or participate in lotteries, around 90,000 (ca. 1%) are classified as at-risk players. Of these 90,000, around 20,000 individuals are compulsive gamblers.
While these numbers are not insignificant, around fifteen times as many individuals in the Netherlands are suffering from alcohol addition, five times as many people are addicted to cannabis, and three times as many individuals are hooked on cocaine.
mGage Announces Sponsorship of Gaming in Holland Conference
With 15 years of experience, mGage delivers mobile engagement solutions to more than 800 companies worldwide to help build and improve direct relationships with their target audience. mGage’s easy to use SaaS cloud-based technology enables gambling and gaming companies, such as Betfred, Ladbrokes and mFortune, to intelligently acquire new customers, reduce dropout rate and increase player value.
Rogier van de Heuvel, VP at mGage adds: ‘As smart phone penetration hits > 75% in the Netherlands and the convenience of more immersive mobile play drives adoption, it is estimated that a huge part of gaming and gambling income will originate from mobile wagering within the next coming years. mGage offers solutions for immediate, real-time communication between brands and their customers.’
Other sponsors of the Gaming in Holland Conference include NMi, provider of testing and certification services; IAMSTERDAM, the Amsterdam Economic Board and host of the Official Conference Dinner at Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen restaurant; digital lottery services provider Lottovate; content developers Nyx Gaming; and gaming attorneys Kalff, Katz & Franssen.