Land-based gambling in the Netherlands (including lotteries) grew 3.8% in 2016. GGR increased to €2.47bn, up from €2.34bn in the previous year, according to the Netherlands Gaming Authority’s Market scan land-based gambling 2016.

Researchers from several universities participated in a government-commissioned evaluation of the Netherlands Gaming Authority. Yesterday, the results were published and sent to the Lower House.

According to a survey commissioned by the Netherlands Gaming Authority, Dutch people with an immigration background are equally likely to be problem or at-risk players than people with a non-immigration background. The former group, however, was found to exhibit a somewhat greater prevalence of risky playing behavior.

The Netherlands Gaming Authority announced it will soon start a public consultation on the question whether certain forms of (video) gaming constitute gambling and should require a license in order to be legally offered.

Holland Casino has been awarded a European certificate for its responsible gaming policy, which was developed in close cooperation with addiction care organization Verslavingszorg Nederland.

The Belgian Constitutional Court has found that the country’s gambling act violates the constitution by allowing different games of chance to be offered on a single website.

The Stars Group has cited the success of its new Stars Rewards initiative as one of the main reasons behind year-on-year growth across key financials in the third quarter.

NYX Gaming shares plunged by 18% amid fears William Hill could block the supplier from being bought by Scientific Games.

Central and Eastern European gambling operator Fortuna Entertainment Group has vowed to become the top gambling operator in Romania, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, and Croatia by 2020.

Affiliate network Catena Media has announced the agreement of a €9.25m deal to purchase the assets of Malta-based company Beyondbits Media Limited, which monitors developments in financial markets.

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