Specially selected for you: the latest in Dutch gaming news.

Uncertainty Ahead for Remote Gaming in the Netherlands

Licensing for remote gaming “would not start before mid-2016.”
The Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice is due to publish its written response to 600 questions and points of critique it received from the House of Representatives on its draft remote gaming bill.

According to Gaming lawyer Dr. Alan Littler, on behalf of Kalff Katz & Franssen, this will open “a window of unpredictability in terms of a medium-term forecast:”

“Will parliamentarians be content with the answers of the Ministry? Will a storm disrupt any hopes of the bill enjoying a smooth passage through the lower house before the summer recess?”

Furthermore, due to the absence of (draft) secondary legislation, Michel Groothuizen, Director General of Sanctions & Prevention Policy of the Ministry of Security and Justice, predicts that licensing for remote gaming “would not start before mid-2016.”
Changes to the land-based market should follow shortly on the heels on those to the remote market, with 2017 due to witness a reshuffled deck of casinos.

Dutch State Lottery to Be Hit with Class Action Lawsuit

Following a recent decision by the Dutch Supreme Court that found the State Lottery (Staatsloterij) guilty of misleading consumers with regard to their win probability, a class action lawsuit by duped participants is – barring a settlement – now looming.

Initiator of the lawsuit is Mr. Ferdy Roet, who feels that his case proves that state owned lotteries are not above misleading and exploiting their customers. “Being powerful and possessing an entrenched market position in no way justifies consumer deception,” according to Roet.

Whether Dutch courts will decide to award damages remains to be seen. Legal experts are not hopeful, according to RTL Nieuws.

Dutch Gaming Regulator Not to Supervise Gaming in Overseas Territories

According to a recently published guideline, the regulatory scope of the Kansspelautoriteit is strictly limited to the European part of The Kingdom of the Netherlands:

“Supervision and regulation by The Netherlands Gaming Authority is limited to The Netherlands; The Netherlands Gaming Authority does not supervise and regulate games of chance in the Countries Aruba, Curaçao and Saint Martin.

Although the islands Bonaire, Saint Eustatius and Saba (Caribbean) are part of The Netherlands, The Netherlands Gaming Authority does not supervise and regulate games of chance over there, because the powers of The Netherlands Gaming Authority are limited to the European part of The Netherlands.

A license for offering games of chance is only valid in the Country which issued the license. That means that a license issued by the Countries Aruba, Curaçao or Saint Martin is not valid in The Netherlands and vice versa.”