Yesterday’s Dutch parliamentary election was convincingly won by the People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD), the Netherlands’ most enthusiastic proponent of a liberalized gaming market. Any viable coalition, however, will need the support of the Christian Democrats (CDA), who are outspoken opponents of regulated online gaming.
Next week, Nederlandse Loterij will migrate all player accounts to a single website.
Lottoland, mostly known for its bet-on-lotteries business model, filed an application to organize its own lottery in several German federal states.
The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has called for parents to be vigilant to the dangers of children gambling on video games. “Mums and dads could be giving money to a child thinking that they are playing a computer game when in fact they are gambling and this is real worry,” UKGC chief executive Sarah Harrison said.
Likewise, the Norwegian Gaming Authority (NGA) is taking direct aim at gambling operators who are illegally offering skin betting in the country amid rising cases of underage gambling.
H2 Gambling Capital and iGaming Business are presenting the March 2017 iGaming Dashboard, their monthly overview of the iGaming sector in numbers.
The Australian federal government is mulling a ban on gambling adverts during live sports broadcasts which could cost media companies A$120 million or more in lost revenue.
English Premier League football club Tottenham Hotspur has ended its sponsorship deal with binary options company EZTrader 18 months ahead of its designated expiration date. In November, the US Secretaries and Exchange Commission ordered EZTrader to pay more than $17 million (€16 million) for misleading investors.
Fortbet Holdings, a subsidiary of the Penta Investment Group and a major stakeholder in Czech online and land gambling group Fortuna Entertainment, has announced that it is to sell its Romanian betting and gambling companies to Fortuna for a consideration of Euro 47 million.
Playtech founder Terry Sagi has sold £113m worth of shares in the company to Boussard & Gavaudan Investment Management.
On a per capita basis, the Portuguese have been the biggest winners in the EuroMillions draws of the past years.