Limited Places Available for Next Week’s GiH Lunch @ICE 2020

We still have a limited number of places available for the Gaming in Holland Lunch on Wednesday February 5 at ICE 2020 in London.

Operators interested in acquiring a Dutch remote gaming license, as well as tech providers are expressly invited. Remember: the license application period is expected to open on January 1, 2021 – less than a year from now!

If you would like to join us, please send an email to rsvp@gaminginholland.com.

We hope to welcome you next week in London!

 

Dutch Court Upholds Affiliate Marketing Ban

The Council of State, the Netherlands’ highest administrative court, upheld the legitimacy of a cease and desist order issued by the Netherlands Gambling Authority against Malta-based affiliate business Content Publishing Ltd, a Betsson subsidiary.

Content Publishing Ltd unsuccessfully argued that the Dutch restrictions on affiliate marketing were overly broad and violated its fundamental right to freedom of expression.

The Netherlands Gambling Authority welcomed the Court’s equation of “promotional texts” with advertising.

 

Upcoming Events

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

  • The world’s largest gambling exhibition, ICE 2020, will take place 4 – 6 February in London.
  • The Hospitality Summit, which takes place on 4 – 6 February, 2020 in London, is a brand new conference dedicated to hospitality tailored for gaming.
  • GamblingCompliance Global Regulatory Awards 2020, which celebrate excellence in compliance and responsible gambling initiatives, will be awarded on 22 April, 2020 at the De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms in Central London.
  • The World Gaming Executive Summit will return to Barcelona from 30 June – 2 July, 2020. Key themes on the agenda include AI, the future of land-based gaming, CSR, sustainable marketing, regulation updates, fantasy sports, and emerging marketing opportunities.

 

German States Agree on New Gambling Treaty

The German federal states have agreed in principle on a treaty that will allow country-wide online gambling – including poker and virtual slots – in the future.

Despite the apparent good news, stakeholder reactions have been mixed. Specifically, the European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) welcomed progress on Germany’s new draft state treaty for gambling regulation, while also raising concerns about some of its proposed measures.

Online casino table games, for instance, remain subject to a state monopoly; and although private operators are allowed to offer “virtual slot machines,” these come with low maximum stakes and must not offer jackpots. Sports betting will continue to be licensed, but with various restrictions on in-play betting.

Additionally, the proposed regulations contain several major restrictions on multi-product operations.

Interestingly enough, the latest draft proposals do not contain a “bad actor” clause.

 

Other News

Holland Casino CEO Erwin van Lambaart discusses his career in this interview with Dutch business newspaper FD.

 

Belgium’s gambling regulator is investigating whether a football’s club promotional offer of free transportation for supporters who sign up with a local gambling operator is permissible.

 

The European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) has launched a consultation on its draft online gambling industry Code of Conduct for compliance with the EU General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679 (GDPR).

 

EGBA’s Secretary General Maarten Haijer spoke at a meeting in the Danish Parliament on the topic of gambling and responsible advertising.

 

Former PokerStars owner Isai Scheinberg has voluntarily surrendered to federal agents in New York, to face criminal charges stemming from the company’s presence within the US market between 2007-2011.

 

Interwetten achieved gross gaming revenue growth of 25% year-on-year for 2019, generating €99.5m in revenue.

 

The UK Gambling Commission has come under criticism for allowing GVC Holdings to lead the development of a code of conduct on high-value customers.

 

UK Gambling Commission CEO Neil McArthur has said operators should take responsibility for the “bad news stories” attacking the industry in the UK press.

 

The UK’s Gambling Related Harm All Party Parliamentary Group (GRH APPG) has set out its work program for 2020, seeking to tackle topics such as scratch card age limits, gambling advertising and the prevalence of gambling in sport.

 

Spanish La Liga club Osasuna appears to be deeply involved in a far-reaching match-fixing scandal.

 

Betgenius has renewed its partnership with Italian betting giant Snaitech to provide a wide array of official in-play trading and live streaming content.

 

Scientific Games will provide its online gaming platform and games content portfolio for DraftKings in New Jersey.