Dutch land-based GGR grew 4.7% in 2018, Netherlands Gambling Authority reports

Gross gaming revenue (GGR) of licensed Dutch land-based gambling operators increased to €2.63bn in 2018, up 4.7% compared to the previous year, figures released by the Netherlands Gambling Authority show.

Lotteries (47%) are the largest vertical, followed by slot machines (41.5%), casino table games (10%), and sports betting (1.5%).

No major shifts occurred since the previous market scan published in 2018.

Netherlands Gambling Authority publishes draft model for remote gaming data vault

The Netherlands Gambling Authority has notified its draft data model for its future remote gaming data vault to the European Commission. The data vault will also be accessible to the Dutch revenue service, which has released its own data vault specifications.

The primary aim of the data vault is to facilitate a secure exchange of regulatory data between licensed operators and Dutch regulators. The creation of this data vault is mandated by the Remote Gaming Act that is now expected to come into force on March 1, 2021.

Upcoming events

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

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.

  • Registration for the 2020 Gaming in Holland Conference, which will take place September 22 in Amsterdam, is now open.Netherlands Gambling Authority chairman René Jansen has agreed to be the conference’s keynote speaker. Learn of the latest developments before the Dutch regulated online market opens in 2021.

    While you are staying in Amsterdam, don’t miss iGB Live, September 22-25. One city, one trip, two events!

  • The Gaming in Germany Conference has now been scheduled to take place on October 19, 2020 in Berlin – one day prior to iGB Berlin 2020. More details to follow soon. Save the date!
  • Get ready for the 2020 Gaming in Spain Conference on November 12 at the Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid. More details to follow soon!
  • 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.

Dutch government releases report on future lottery system

Minister for Legal protection Sander Dekker has sent a report on the future of the Dutch lottery system to the Lower House.

The report, which was drafted by PricewaterhouseCoopers, finds that the legal and regulatory distinctions between the Dutch State Lottery, De Lotto, and private charity lotteries serve no clear, rational reason. “There is no obvious reason for differentiation between lottery products or to restrict the supply of lottery products by limiting the number of available licenses through a statutory monopoly,” the report’s authors claim.

Thus, the report finds that an open licensing system for all lottery products, as well as a uniform remittance rate to charities and good causes, would ultimately be in the best interest of Dutch consumers.

In the accompanying letter, Minister Dekker promised to offer a policy response to the report’s findings in Q1 2021.

Other news

Minister Sander Dekker for Legal Protection has sent a letter to the Dutch Lower House on the government’s strategy to maintain a separation between gambling and video gaming.

A Holland Casino customer who lost €250,000 over the course of two years claims that the operator failed to live up to its duty of care.

Affiliate marketing business Net Gaming Europe has revealed that it has already begun preparations for the regulation of online gambling in the Netherlands, with a view to entering the Dutch market as early as possible.

Kim Mouridsen, Professor and Founder of Mindway AI, explains how the firm is using scientifically based automated player profiling and monitoring to combat problem gambling and better understand player behaviors.

The German Association of Telecommunications and Media (DVTM) has finalized a new self-regulatory framework for advertising by Schleswig-Holstein licensed operators on the country’s free-to-air TV channels.

A special session of the parliament in the German state of Nordrhein-Westfalen will meet on Friday 10 July to address what the Social Democratic Party (SPD) called “suspicious balance sheet tricks” to facilitate the privatization of Westdeutsche Spielbanken(WestSpiel).

By 2024, the German gambling industry could be worth €3.3 billion, up from the current €2.2 billion, a report by consulting firm Goldmedia finds.

The UK House of Lords calls for a ban on sponsorships in a wide-ranging gambling report.

However, the English Football League (EFL) has called on the UK government not to ban gambling sponsorships due to an increased reliance on sponsorship revenue in the wake of Covid-19.

Kindred Group has forecast a 3.9% year-on-year increase in Q2 revenue, despite the business having been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic during the period.