StakeLogic and DJ Hardwell to Launch DJ-Themed Slot Game at ICE

Dutch DJ Hardwell and StakeLogic – a wholly-owned subsidiary of Greentube and part of NOVOMATIC Interactive – will launch a DJ-themed online slot game, titled “Hardwell,” at ICE Totally Gaming 2018.

World-famous DJ Hardwell, who was voted the world’s no. 1 DJ in 2013 and 2014, was born in Breda as Robbert van de Corput and has over the years built an outstanding reputation as a DJ, remixer, producer and record label owner.

To celebrate the launch of this new branded game, Hardwell has agreed to make an appearance on the interactive area of the NOVOMATIC Stand S5/S6 at ICE Totally Gaming 2018 in London.

On February 7, Hardwell will also showcase his talents to a selected number of ICE attendees at an invite-only party.

Gaming in Holland will be giving away two tickets to this highly anticipated and exclusive launch party.

If you are a gaming professional who would like to attend this exclusive event, please let us know by sending an email to: hardwellparty@gaminginholland.com.

We will notify the lucky winners as soon as possible!

 

2nd Issue of Gaming in Holland Magazine Out Now!

The second issue of our hardcopy Gaming in Holland Magazine is out now, the first of three installments which are scheduled to be published in 2018.

In the latest issue of GiH Magazine, Netherlands Gaming Authority CEO Marja Appelman discusses the benefits of international cooperation among regulators; and, more specifically, the workings of the Gaming Regulators European Forum (GREF).

Director of Security and Responsible Gaming at Holland Casino, Janny Wierda, highlights some of the more noticeable features of the casino operator’s responsible gaming policy.

We also took a trip down memory lane to revisit GiH Magazine’s predecessor: Automaten Magazine, the now-defunct trade journal of the Dutch land-based slot machine sector.

And, of course, there is plenty more!

If you would like to receive a free copy of the GiH Magazine, please send an email to: freesubscription@gaminginholland.com.

 

Less than Two Weeks Left to Register for ICE 2018

ICE 2018, the foremost gathering of gaming professionals in the world, will take place 6-8 February 2018 at ExCeL London, which means there are now less than two weeks left to register.

Apart from the main exhibition, there are several events associated with ICE 2018 that may be particular relevant to our readers:

The Totally Gaming Academy launches its latest course offer: Responsible Gaming at ICE 2018, at the Totally Gaming Academy Theatre.

The free IMGL Masterclass returns to ICE to offer an in-depth look into some of the most critical legal questions and challenges in the gambling sector.

Last but not least, there is the traditional GiH Lunch, which will take place on Wednesday, February 7, starting at noon.

If you are interested in, or connected to Dutch gaming, this event is not to be missed!

If you would like to attend the GiH lunch, please send an email to RSVP@Gaminginholland.com to claim your spot. Don’t wait too long as the number of available places is strictly limited.

 

It’s Better Live: Join us for the 2nd Annual Live Gaming Summit in Barcelona

Since its modest and pioneering start ten years ago, live casino gaming has become a key income generator for the remote gaming industry. In 2014, almost a third of online casino GGR in EU regulated markets was already generated by live gaming, according to data provided by H2 Gambling Capital.

Live gaming GGR in regulated EU markets is estimated to increase to 50% by 2020.

Because of these market developments, the Live Gaming Summit is bringing together, for the second time, providers, operators, experts, and other stakeholders to discuss the latest developments in the live gaming industry on 26 April, 2018 at Casino Barcelona.

As the Dutch remote gaming bill is expected to be enacted soon, this event promises to be extremely relevant to operators and suppliers who are interested in entering the Dutch market.

The Live Gaming Summit is organized by GamingCET, which is also responsible for the annual Gaming in Holland Conference & Expo.

Check out the Live Gaming Summit website for more details, or contact Willem van Oort at willem@vanoort.com.

 

Upcoming Events

The following upcoming events may be of interest to members of the GiH community.

  • Registration for ICE 2018, which is to take place 6-8 February 2018 at ExCeL London, is live. As always, there will be a Gaming in Holland Lunch – on 7 February – at this year’s foremost gathering of gaming professionals in the world.
  • On February 21, Dutch trade association VAN Kansspelen, in cooperation with the Netherlands Gaming Authority, will hold a meeting to discuss the Public Administration (Probity Screening) Act (Wet Bibob), with a particular focus on the Act’s impact on license applications from (prospective) land-based slot machine operators.
  • The GamblingCompliance Global Regulatory Awards 2018, celebrating excellence in the field of regulatory compliance and responsible gambling, will be hosted at The Sheraton Grand Hotel, London – 18 April 2018.
  • In 2018, the iGaming Super Show, EiG and Amsterdam Affiliate Conference come together as iGB Live!, a consolidated three brand event. The first edition of iGB Live! will take place 17 – 20 July 2018 at The Amsterdam RAI.
  • The 12th EASG Conference on Gambling Studies and Policy Issues is now scheduled for 11-14 September 2018 at the Grand Hotel Excelsior, Valletta, Malta.

 

AFM Chair Warns of “Gamification” of Investment Products; Seeks to Ban Binary Options

The Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets (AFM) has expressed its concerns with regard to a perceived “gamification” of certain risky investment products.

“Distinctions between financial products and gambling are becoming progressively blurred. But investing is not gambling; bitcoin is not a game. I am concerned that especially younger people, who grow up with this, will increasingly fail to see the difference,” AFM chairwoman Merel van Vroonhoven says.

As a result, the AFM chair is now pleading for an outright ban on binary option trading and increased restrictions on contracts for difference.

 

Other News

The Dutch government currently aims to privatize state-owned Holland Casino in 2020, said State Secretary Menno Snel of Finance.

 

Consumentenbond, the most prominent Dutch consumer protection organization, has petitioned the Netherlands Gaming Authority to take enforcement action against De Nationale Postcode Loterij for sending out advertising mailers resembling payment reminders.

 

A Dutch lottery, Lotisico, which has been founded in 1902 as an insurance company, has been failing to meet its obligations. The Netherlands Gaming Authority, however, is unable to take action as the regulator’s mandate does not cover lotteries that were founded before 1905.

 

“Researchers and government agencies pay too little attention to pathological gambling. This must change,” the editorial board of Nature writes.

 

Additional details of the proposed future Swedish online gambling regulation, including a tax rate of 18% of GGR, have now been revealed.

 

Germany-facing operators have downplayed the regulatory risk to their businesses following Novomatic’s exit from the market last week.

 

The European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) has asked the Norwegian Data Protection Inspectorate (DPI) to urgently investigate a Norwegian payment blocking scheme for serious breaches of the privacy of Norwegian citizens when conducting online payments.

 

The Austrian government has collected at least €155m in taxes and duties since 2011 from 17 online gambling operators who lack official government approval to operate in their country.

 

Switzerland’s plans to block the domains of internationally licensed gambling sites will face a voter referendum after opponents successfully gathered enough signatures.

 

The UK is set to announce a new £2 maximum stake on fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs), according to the Financial Times. An official at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport commented that, while no formal decision has been made, the £2 limit was highly likely.

 

Global Daily Fantasy Sports has launched an Italian-facing network through a partnership with Lottomatica.

 

Despite efforts by regulators to clamp down on the activity, Swedish media outlets have increased their revenues from unauthorized online gambling advertising in 2017 compared to the previous year.

 

UK bookmakers are urged to rethink closing down winning punters’ accounts.

 

PokerStars has become the very first operator to share its online poker player pool between Spain and France, a key milestone in the path towards opening the player pools in regulated European markets.

 

A report published by Polish legal association Graj Legalnie has claimed that despite a recent amendment to the country’s gambling act, over 60% of the Polish gambling market is still controlled by unlicensed bookmakers.

 

US telecommunications giant Verizon Communications Inc. is considering entering the multibillion-dollar market for sports betting if the US Supreme Court decides to strike down the current prohibition.

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