Jan Suyver, outgoing chairman of the Netherlands Gaming Authority, has called the failure to regulate remote gaming in the country “an embarrassment:”

The Netherlands is almost the last country in Europe to regulate its online gambling market. Everywhere where I meet with fellow regulators, whether it is Bucharest or Prague, regulation is in place. I think it is an embarrassment. In other countries, people simply cannot understand why the Remote Gaming Bill hasn’t been enacted yet.

Suyver also points to the urgent need to protect Dutch consumers:

By doing nothing, we are preserving an illegal market that lacks any form of player protection. It is a moral obligation to enact the pending legislation..

Suyver furthermore warns that the Remote Gaming Bill and accompanying secondary legislation have become increasingly detailed and complex. The resulting accumulation of rules and regulations could very well deter a significant number of operators:

We once estimated that we would receive between fifty and one hundred remote license applications. It remains to be seen how many applications we will actually receive. We could very well witness a shake out.

Dutch lottery operator and new market entrant Fair Share Nederland aims to launch a large marketing and publicity campaign this January.

Holland Casino has decided to end its sponsorship contract with the Dutch bobsleigh team.

Major UK expo organizer Clarion Gaming has released a new code of conduct disallowing “partial or total nudity or overtly sexual or suggestive clothing or marketing methods” at its trade shows.

The Malta Gaming Authority published a guidance note on its Sandbox Framework for the acceptance of Virtual Financial Assets and Virtual Tokens and the use of Innovative Technology Arrangements (ITAs) within the gaming industry.

Kenny Alexander, chief executive of GVC, will call for a UK ban on TV gambling advertising before the 9pm watershed, in an effort to prove the industry is taking problem gambling seriously.

Video game developer Electronic Arts has announced that its latest version of popular soccer game FIFA 19 will include information for the loot box odds.

Tipico has launched a new payment method called Tipico Direct that lets customers deposit and withdraw in supermarkets and retail stores across Germany.

Playtech has raised a total of €530 million in a bond sale, the proceeds of which will be used to repay all amounts outstanding under the bridge facility utilized for the purposes of the acquisition of Snaitech S.p.A.

Gaming Innovation Group (GiG) has secured a B2B sports betting license from the UK Gambling Commission.

Betclic looks set to return to the online gambling market in Poland despite the company last year being blacklisted for breaching national laws.