GiH Conference to Feature Charity Auction to Benefit Handicapped Sports

On June 5, as part of the Gaming in Holland Awards Dinner, we will host a charity auction to benefit our partner Fonds Gehandicaptensport, a charitable fund for handicapped sports. Whether it’s amateur sports or Paralympics athletes, Fonds Gehandicaptensport supports them all!

As we come together to celebrate excellence in Dutch gaming, the charity auction is a moment during which we take a moment to support those whose lives we can improve by making a small contribution.

In order to make the charity auction a success, all friends, associates, partners, and guests of Gaming in Holland are invited to contribute an item or service (event tickets, signed memorabilia, etc.) that can be auctioned off. Of course, all proceeds will go in their entirety to Fonds Gehandicaptensport.

We hope to see you all at the Gaming in Holland Awards Dinner, which is part of the Gaming in Holland Conference.

At this year’s GiH Conference we will not only present regulatory updates from both the Netherlands Gambling Authority and the Ministry of Justice and Security, but also the first results of the Gaming in Holland Monitor, the largest and most comprehensive brand monitor about online gambling in the Netherlands.

Please note: the conference is filling up fast. Register today if you don’t want to miss it!


Holland Casino Launches New Marketing Campaign

On Monday, Holland Casino launched a new marketing campaign themed “Live excitingly” (“Leef spannend”).

The campaign was designed by Amsterdam-based marketing agency Indie and features – apart from banners and a social media campaign – three separate commercials (1, 2, 3).

Daniël van Dijkman, Director Marketing and eCommerce at Holland Casino:

“This campaign is part of a broader refinement of the brand positioning of Holland Casino. It builds on the campaign that was launched last year: Holland Casino always offers the most exciting games. The new campaign furthermore shows that Holland Casino offers a unique overall experience: good foods and drinks, memorable live performances, and an extensive range of exciting games.”


FOX Sports Takes 4.99%Share in The Stars Group

The Stars Group Inc. (TSG) and FOX Sports announced plans to launch FOX Bet, the first-of-its kind national media and sports wagering partnership in the United States.

TSG and FOX Sports expect to launch two products in the fall of 2019 under the FOX Bet umbrella. One will be a nationwide free-to-play game, awarding cash prizes to players who correctly predict the outcome of sports games. The second product, which will be named FOX Bet, will give customers in states with regulated betting the opportunity to place real money wagers on the outcome of a wide range of sporting events.

In addition to the commercial agreement of up to 25 years and associated product launches, Fox Corporation will acquire 14,352,331 newly issued common shares in The Stars Group, representing 4.99% of The Stars Group’s issued and outstanding common shares.

TSG has named chief corporate development officer Robin Chhabra as the CEO for FOX Bet.


Upcoming Events

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

  • Registration for this year’s Gaming in Holland Conference, taking place 5 – 6 June, 2019in Amsterdam, is now open! Among this edition’s keynote speakers are Netherlands Gambling Authority chairman René Jansen, Holland Casino CEO Erwin van Lambaart, and – last but not least – investigative journalist, academic, and match-fixing expert Declan Hill.
  • 115+ speakers already confirmed their attendance at the World Gaming Executive Summit, 2 – 4 July, 2019 in Barcelona.
  • The IMGL Autumn 2019 Conferencetakes place September 11–13 in Munich.
  • Betting on Sports 2019, the world’s largest sports betting conference & exhibition, will be held 17 – 20 September, 2019, in London. Betting on Sports 2019 will take place concurrently with CasinoBeats Summit 2019.
  • The International Association of Gaming Regulators (IAGR) will hold its 2019 Annual Conference in Montego Bay, Jamaica from 30 September to 3 October 2019.
  • The Responsibility in Gaming Conference, taking place 23 – 24 October, 2019 in Brussels, will focus on what operators and regulators can and should do to create an effective and workable responsible gaming policy.
  • Trade association VAN Kansspelen organizes a large number of member activities throughout the year. Check out their agenda here.


Dutch Gambling Taxes “Completely Arbitrary”

On Monday, the Netherlands Gambling Authority awarded its annual thesis awards to Olivier Flinterman (master’s thesis) and Tom Schoolderman (bachelor’s thesis).

Schoolderman wrote his thesis on the topic of loot boxes. He found that additional regulation is likely necessary in order to protect consumers against gambling-related elements in regular video games.

Flinterman, who looked at the current gambling tax regime, found that the current system is “completely arbitrary,” as neither the tax base nor the liable party is consistent across product verticals.

Flinterman argues that a uniform system based on the Danish model in which operators are taxed on the basis of their gross gaming revenue would the most practical and efficient.


Other News

Nederlandse Loterij is to contribute €59.6m to sports and good causes, out of a total annual remittance of €161.2m.


Share prices of some of the largest iGaming firms listed on the London Stock Exchange fell, as investors became spooked due to a report in the British Medical Journal, suggesting the gaming industry as a whole should pay a tax to help fund the treatment of gambling addiction.


New figures from the Swedish Tax Authority and gaming regulator Spelinspektionen suggest that net gaming revenue for Sweden’s land-based and online gaming market amounted to SEK6.0bn (€559m) in the first quarter of 2019.


The Norwegian government has adopted a number of amendments to gambling regulations in the country in an effort to clamp down on operators offering services without the relevant license.


Finnish operator Paf’s new responsible gambling initiatives have contributed to the firm’s 4% decline in annual revenues to €111.8m in 2018.


Genius Sports has won the rights to become the global betting data supplier of the English Premier League, English Football League and the Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL) from the start of the 2019-20 season.


London-listed lottery brokerage Zeal Network has completed the acquisition of former subsidiary Lotto24 via an all-share public takeover.


Swedish provider Aspire Global has reported an 81% rise in revenues for the first quarter of 2019, with revenues topping €33.2m.


Danish gambling operator Danske Spil has brokered a deal to take ownership of Tivoli Casino’s online gaming business.


Romanian gambling operator SuperBet has received a €175m cash injection from the Blackstone Group.


Greek gambling operator Stoiximan has entered the Portuguese gaming market following the launch of its Betano brand in the country.


Italy’s licensed sports betting operators generated revenue of €173.6m in April, up 18.5% from the same month last year and a welcome return to form following the 4.2% year-on-year decline the market reported in March.


Scientific Games has announced a 3% year-on-year revenue rise to $837m for Q1, while net company losses decreased to $24m during Q1 2019, falling from $202m.


The American Gaming Association (AGA) has issued a code of conduct its members have pledged to follow in relation to the marketing of sports betting.