Netherlands Gambling Authority issues 14 warnings over Covid-19 advertising

The Netherlands Gambling Authority has issued 14 warnings in relation to Covid-19-themed marketing from online gambling operators.

The regulator took action after discovering marketing campaigns featuring terms like “corona-free gambling” to promote illegal online gaming sites.

After discovering the advertisements, the Gambling Authority threatened to impose penalty payments, after which all ads in question were withdrawn.

TOTO concludes sponsorship agreements with top football league title contender Feyenoord

In anticipation of the opening of the Dutch online betting market, current sports betting monopolist TOTO has concluded a sponsorship deal with Feyenoord Rotterdam, one of the most storied football clubs in the Netherlands.

The sponsorship agreement will run for three years, with an option to extend to five years. While the value of the deal has not been disclosed, TOTO will reportedly become one of Feyenoord’s main sponsors.

At present, TOTO has concluded sponsorship agreements with eight other clubs that are competing in the Netherlands’ top domestic football league: Sparta, Willem II, FC Utrecht, FC Groningen, Heerenveen, ADO Den Haag, FC Twente, and RKC Waalwijk.

Upcoming events

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

Events

  • The 2020 Gaming in Germany Conference will take place on October 19, 2020 in Berlin. Save the date!
  • Don’t miss the 2020 Gaming in Spain Conference “Navigating new opportunities and restrictions in a mature market” 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.

Webinars

  • Join the iGaming Next Power Hour every Friday @3pm CET for a short, compact, educational and social weekly digital gathering with some of the brightest and most connected minds of the industry.

Confirmed: 2020 Gaming in Holland Conference to take place in September

The long-awaited Remote Gaming Act will finally enter into force in early 2021, followed six months later by the opening of the regulated Dutch online market.

Learn of the latest developments at the upcoming Gaming in Holland Conference on September 22 in Amsterdam.

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

Register now: https://bit.ly/2VcotFI

Safe and fully Covid-19 compliant

  • Conference venue allows guests to keep 1.5 meters distance at all times.
  • No networking and social events, but full conference program
  • No queues: conference program and badge will be delivered to you by courier prior to the event.

When & where

The 2020 Gaming in Holland Conference will take place on September 22. This year’s conference venue is the national monument “Beurs van Berlage,” one of Amsterdam’s most beloved buildings.

The “Beurs of Berlage” is easily reached by public transportation. Parking is available close to the conference venue.

Agenda & speakers

We are happy to announce our preliminary agenda and first confirmed speakers:

  • Keynote speech – René Janssen, Chairman of the Netherlands Gambling Authority
  • Advertising and best practices in regulated EU markets – Anne-Jaap Snijders, Chief Commercial Officer at Kindred Group
  • Responsible advertising from an Italian and pan-European perspective – Mauro De Fabritiis, Founder of MDF Partners
  • Covid-19 and problem gambling. What do we know? – Pieter Remmers, CEO of Assissa & Michael Auer, Director of neccton
  • IMGL Masterclass – Justin Franssen, Partner at Kalff Katz & Franssen

Visit the conference website for more information, or register now: https://bit.ly/2VcotFI

Other news

Betting on online slot machines did not increase by 25% in the UK during lockdown, a new fact check shows. Rather, betting on online slot machines fell during this period.

Kindred Group has reported a year-on-year rise in revenue during the first half of the year, despite its business being impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Playtech has extended its reach in the Czech Republic after expanding its partnership with operator Fortuna.

Q2 revenue of sports betting supplier Kambi fell 32% year-on-year to €14.8m.

Forming a joint-venture agreement, customer experience marketing agency A GAME ABOVE has partnered with player protection specialist Beanstalk, to launch a “regulatory support product” – Yield Sec that is intended to help governments and regulators monitor and remove “black market threats.”

Bulgaria’s National Assembly has approved a bill dismantling the State Gambling Commission and transferring oversight of all gambling activities to the National Revenue Agency.

New American Gaming Association (AGA) research shows US consumers are moving their business away from illegal bookmakers and toward legal options.