Save the Date: 2020 Gaming in Holland Conference

The 2020 Gaming in Holland Conference has been scheduled to take place on June 18 at historical Nyenrode Castle, home of Nyenrode Business University.

Conveniently located between Amsterdam and Utrecht, Nyenode Castle offers a relaxing and inspirational environment to discuss the latest regulatory and business developments, just six months before remote licensing is expected to kick off. Now is the time to get ready!

Registration will open soon. Save the date!

 

Gaming in Germany Conference Rescheduled to May 28

Due to concerns over the ongoing Corona virus outbreak, the Gaming in Germany Conference, originally scheduled for March 24-25, has been postponed until May 28.

The rescheduled conference will still take place in Frankfurt. We expect to announce a new venue soon.

While now is not the best time for traveling and public gatherings, German online gambling reform continues to move ahead. Tomorrow, the prime ministers of the sixteen federal German states are expected to sign the new State Gambling Treaty, creating a fully regulated online gambling market from July 1, 2021.

As the topic of German gambling reform remains of major importance to the remote gaming industry, we will organize at least one webinar before the rescheduled Gaming in Germany Conference takes place on May 28.

The first webinar, with input from Dr Jörg Hoffman of Melchers Law and VIXIO GamblingCompliance, has already been scheduled for March 25 at 15:00 CET. Save the date!

In addition, we aim to publish a hardcopy country report containing an overview of the new regulations, as well as stakeholder reactions.

In short, we remain committed to keeping you informed of the latest events as they develop.

 

Sigrid van Aken Succeeds Boudewijn Poelman as Novamedia CEO

Sigrid van Aken has succeeded Boudewijn Poelman as CEO of Novamedia, the largest private lottery operator in the Netherlands. Earlier, Van Aken worked as the lottery operator’s COO and CFO.

In addition to the Netherlands, Novamedia is also active in the UK, Sweden, and Germany with its successful Postcode Lottery format.

 

Upcoming Events

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

  • Tune in on 31 March for the webinar Bonus Abuse Exposed – Insights from a Former Professional.
  • 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 European Gaming & Amusement Summit, an entirely new event exclusively focused on land-based amusements and gaming, will take place 12 – 14 May in Dublin.
  • CasinoBeats Malta, which takes place 22 – 24 June, will bring together 1,500 senior-level attendees from operators, suppliers and regulators to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing the online casino sector.
  • Betting on Sports America, the largest dedicated sports betting trade show in the world, returns to Meadowlands, New Jersey on 1 – 3 December.
  • The World Gaming Executive Summit will return to Barcelona from 7 – 9 December. Key themes on the agenda include AI, the future of land-based gaming, CSR, sustainable marketing, regulation updates, fantasy sports, and emerging marketing opportunities.

 

Dutch Gov’t Extends Cooling-Off Period

Last week, the Dutch Ministry of Justice and Security published a draft General Administrative Order (AMvB) containing further details regarding the practical implementation of the country’s Remote Gaming Act.

In addition to the General Administrative Order, the Ministry also sent letters to both houses of Parliament outlining a limited number of further changes to earlier regulatory proposals.

The most notable change compared to previous proposals is that the cooling-off period will be extended another six months. This means operators may not apply for a Dutch remote license if they have actively targeted the Dutch market at any time in the 30 months prior to the date of their license application.

Assuming the current schedule holds, the Netherlands Gambling Authority will start processing license applications from January 1, 2021. It will take approximately six months to process an application. In other words, operators who have targeted the Dutch market after July 1, 2017 will not be immediately able to enter the regulated Dutch market when it opens.

Industry stakeholders hailed the publication of the AMvB as a “big step in the right direction,” but also raised concerns that the intended timetable could be too ambitious.

 

Other News

Snaitech betting retail shops across Italy have been shut down until April 3 in order to comply with the coronavirus spread mitigation measures undertaken by the Italian government.

 

The Italian government’s decision to effectively put the country into lockdown looks set to have a major impact on Italy’s retail gambling sector.

 

The Swedish Gambling Authority (Spelinspektionen) has reported that gaming companies with a Swedish license generated turnover of SEK 24.8bn (€2.31bn) for the full year 2019.

 

Paf has completed a record deal to acquire Swedish-licensed iGaming company Mandalorian Technologies for an undisclosed fee.

 

Kindred Group aims to ensure that it does not generate any revenue from customers gambling in a harmful and unsustainable manner by 2023.

 

Intralot has announced the appointment of Christos Dimitriadis as its new CEO, effective immediately.

 

L’Autorité nationale des Jeux (ANJ), has moved a step closer to replacing l’Autorité nationale de régulation des jeux en ligne (ARJEL) as France’s principal gambling regulatory body.

 

The Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) has suspended Stakers Limited’s B2C gaming service license after the GB Gambling Commission’s took a simliar decision last week.