Get ready for the Remote Gaming Act: Tune in for the GiH webinar on April 29!

On Wednesday, April 29 at 15:00 Gaming in Holland will launch its new webinar series. The topic of the first webcast will be: “Next steps: The what & when of preparing for the regulated Dutch online market.”

Learn what YOU can do to prepare yourself for the opening of the regulated online market & what prospective licensees can expect.

Speakers

  • Justin Franssen, Head of the Gaming Practice Group at Kalff Katz & Franssen
  • Bert Bakker, former MP and Partner at Meines Holla & Partners
  • Peter-Paul de Goeij, Managing Director of online trade association Speel Verantwoord

Register today!

Next week’s Gaming in Holland webinar is sponsored by iGaming platform provider Gamanza.

Gamanza is backed by the prestigious land-based casino group, Grand Casino Baden of Switzerland. As part of this strategic partnership, Gamanza provides a full platform provision for the online brand of Grand Casino Baden.

 

Benelux market leader in DFS launches virtual multi-stage cycling race

Due to the absence of actual sports, Scorito, with 700,000 accounts market leader in daily fantasy sports (DFS) in Belgium and the Netherlands, has decided to launch a virtual multi-stage bicycle race, the “Scorito Grand Tour 2020.” The virtual grand tour will kick off on May 2 and consists of 21 daily stages taking place in the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Italy, and Spain.

“We have incorporated the traditional gems of road cycling in our virtual tour. The Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix are included in the route, as well as the Alpe d’Huez and the Tourmalet,” said Scorito founder Martijn van Dijk.

The world’s greatest cycling teams and top riders will “participate” in the virtual grand tour.

As Scorito does not currently offer real-money prizes, the results of the race will be determined by the company. Van Dijk: “For every stage, we came up with a realistic scenario as to how riders will perform based on their athletic abilities and team tactics. But just like in real life, there will also be surprises and some riders who do not finish the stage.”

“We think our virtual tour offers a lot of fun to our players in the coming weeks. It is free to play; and we expect thousands of participants,” Van Dijk concluded.

 

Upcoming events & webinars

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

Events

Due to current events, most events that were to take place before the summer have been postponed.

However, the following events are still on track to take place later in the year.

  • EASG 2020, the 13th European Conference on Gambling Studies and Policy Issues, will take place in Oslo from 8 – 11 September. This year’s edition will focus on international differences in regulations and operations, as well as different approaches toward prevention, and treatment.
  • Betting on Sports America, the largest dedicated sports betting trade show in the world, returns to Meadowlands, New Jersey from 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.

Webinars & virtual events

  • On April 16, the EGR Weekly Virtual Series continues with “A Perfect Storm for the Gaming Industry?”
  • On April 23, CDC Gaming Seminars will present the webinar “Understanding AI (Artificial Intelligence) and the Best Ways to Use It at Your Casino.”

 

Nederlandse Loterij reports 12% y-o-y revenue increase

Dutch national lottery operator Nederlandse Loterij reported total revenues of €1,3146m in 2019 – an increase of 12% compared to the previous year.

The operator paid out €894.7m in prizes (including gambling tax), up from €775m in 2018.

The Dutch state received €109.1m in remittances. NOC*NSF, the overall coordinating Dutch sports organization, received €46.4m, while 18 other charities and good causes received €17.6m.

“We are proud that we were able to give back more than €173m to society,” Nederlandse Loterij CEO Niels Onkenhout said.

 

Other news

Over the weekend, Dutch authorities broke up two gatherings where illegal gambling took place.

Flutter Entertainment shareholders have approved the firm’s merger with The Stars Group Inc.

OPAP has been given the all clear to proceed with its 51% acquisition of Stoiximan Group’s Greece and Cypriot operations (SMGC).

The UK Parliamentary All Party Betting & Gaming Group (APBGG) has commenced a review of the country’s Gambling Act 2005 to establish what changes may be needed to ensure the laws are relevant to the technical and social developments since its conception.

SUZOHAPP, supplier of gaming machine components, has donated a supply of 6,000 surgical masks to MPAC Healthcare, an organization that provides primary care and mental health services primarily focused on skilled-nursing homes, to aid in their frontline service against the COVID-19 virus.

Åland Islands-based operator Paf has decreased its reliance on big-money players as overall profits grew 4%.

French operator La Française des Jeux (FDJ) has announced a 1% year-on-year decline in revenue for Q1 2020 due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Software supplier NetEnt saw revenue of SEK 518m for the first quarter of 2020, a rise of 24% year-on-year.

Operator 888 Holdings has partnered with Golden Race to offer a range of virtual sports games on both its casino platform and sportsbook.

The United Arab Emirates have launched its first fatwa-approved digital lottery.