Netherlands Gaming Authority Facilitates Gaming Machine Innovation

After consulting with trade association VAN Kansspelen, the Netherlands Gaming Authority has decided to facilitate innovation in the land-based gaming sector.

Henceforth, it will be easier for gaming machine manufacturers to add games to, or change existing games on slot machines that are already licensed.

According to the Netherlands Gaming Authority, the change will remove unnecessary administrative burdens and will make it easier for entrepreneurs to introduce new and innovative games.

 

Sweden Receives 55 Online Gambling License Applications

Sweden’s gambling regulator has received 55 applications from online gambling firms to operate in the country’s new regulated market which is set to kick off on January 1, 2019.

Local gambling authority Lotteriinspektionen said that some of these applications had been incomplete. “A review of all applications shows that many gaming companies need to come up with comprehensive additions,” Lotteriinspektionen director general Camilla Rosenberg said in a statement.

The first licenses could be issued in mid-November, six weeks before the January launch.

Certain details regarding advertising and marketing limitations, as well as responsible gaming and match integrity obligations remain as of yet unclear and will have to be clarified through jurisprudence, Lotteriinspektionen added.

 

UK Gambling Commission Warns operators of “Gathering Storm”

UK Gambling Commission Program Director Ian Angus has issued a warning to companies over the level and nature of gambling advertising within the UK:

“My advice to you is this: a storm is gathering, but it can be avoided. Learn from the mistakes of the past – listen to what the public is saying and put responsible advertising standards at the very heart of your business.

Don’t wait for the storm clouds to burst and precautionary measures to be triggered. Step up now and own this.”

If Labour wins the next general election, the UK government will introduce a number of policies that would significantly tighten up gambling regulations, deputy leader Tom Watson recently said.

However, Conservative vice-chairman for policy Chris Skidmore also promised “tighter rules on gambling advertising and increasing protections around online gambling.”

 

Upcoming Events

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

  • On 16 October, Kindred Group will host the Sustainable Gambling Conference in Stockholm, Sweden. The conference aims to highlight different perspectives on sustainable gambling by bringing together stakeholders from the industry, academia, and regulators.
  • The Lisbon Affiliate Conference will take place on 17-20 October and is expected to bring together the key stakeholders in the iGaming affiliate industry.
  • Join EGR Global’s Breakfast Briefing on “Changing the culture around gambling – consumer and industry behaviours” on 2 November in London.
  • The 2018 Gaming in Spain Conference, which takes place 7-8 November, in Madrid, is your single stop to stay informed of the increasingly attractive opportunities offered by the booming Spanish online gaming market. Click here to register.
  • On 14 November, trade association VAN Kansspelen will hold its annual members’ meeting. The members’ meeting will be followed by a product presentation, showcasing the latest innovations in land-based gaming products.
  • Clarion Gaming has launched ICE Sports Betting USA, a two-day event to be held in New York on 27 and 28 November, 2018.

 

Outgoing KSA Chairman: Failure to Regulate Remote Gaming an “Embarrassment”

In an interview with Dutch daily FD, Jan Suyver, outgoing chairman of the Netherlands Gaming Authority (KSA), 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.”

On October 1, Suyver was succeeded by René Jansen, former board member of the Dutch Healthcare Authority (NZa).

The Netherlands Gaming Authority also published a farewell interview with Suyver and fellow outgoing board member Henk Kesler.

 

Other News

Tonight at 8:45 pm, Dutch public broadcaster NTR will air a program on the neurological basis of gambling addiction. The show will feature, among others, former problem gambler and experiential expert Feite Hofman.

 

Holland Casino has shared an artist impression of its temporary Groningen branch that is scheduled to open in two months time.

 

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

 

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

 

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.

 

In this video, GamblingCompliance’s Managing Editor, Joe Ewens, runs through the recent changes in gambling advertising regulation across Europe and what this will mean for key jurisdictions such as Italy, the UK and Sweden.

 

Figures released last week by Danish regulator Spillemyndigheden show Danish-licensed gambling operators generated revenue of DKK1.63b in the three months ending June 30, an 11.5% improvement over the same period last year and nearly 7% higher than the sum recorded in Q1 2018.

 

Irish bookmakers warned of shop closures and an operator exodus ahead of the country’s government decision to double the gambling tax to 2% of turnover.

 

Czech lottery and betting operator Sazka Group has scrapped plans to list its shares on the London exchange, citing the “volatile market environment.”

 

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

 

New UK guidelines on resolving customer disputes in the gambling industry have been welcomed by theRemote Gambling Association(RGA).

 

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.

 

Playtechhas 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.

 

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

 

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

 

In this TEDtalk, professional poker player Liv Boeree shares three strategies she’s learned from the game and how we can apply them to real life.