VIDEO | Looking back at the 2020 GiH Conference: Responsible advertising & best practices 

In case you missed the recent Gaming in Holland Conference, we have made available two more video recordings of noteworthy sessions.   

In a thought-provoking session that was explicitly referenced by Netherlands Gambling Authority chairman in a recently published personal blog post, international gambling consultant Mauro de Fabritiis discussed responsible advertising from an Italian and pan-European perspective. Watch his presentation here 

This presentation was followed by a very interesting panel discussion on advertising and best practices in regulated EU markets with Anne-Jaap Snijders, Chief Commercial Officer at Kindred Group, and Timothy Mastelinck, Chief Marketing Officer at betFIRST. The discussion was moderated by Marcel Beerthuizen, Founder and Managing Director of bigplansWatch it here 

Nederlandse Loterij and football association KNVB sign responsible gaming code of conduct 

The Royal Dutch Football Association (KNVB) and Nederlandse Loterij, operator of the current Dutch sports betting monopoly, have agreed on a code of conduct to promote responsible gaming and sports integrity.  

The agreement sets out plans for sustainable cooperation between the two organizations and is based on the principles that both players and fans must be able to rely on the integrity of the game; that consumers must be able to bet on football in a safe and responsible manner, and that there should be no conflicts of interest when organizing football matches and sports betting. 

The signing of the code of conduct also marked the start of a Nederlandse Loterij campaign to promote responsible gaming. The campaign features former professional footballer and cult hero Nathan Rutjes 

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Netherlands Gambling Authority opens consultation on responsible gaming policy rule 

The Netherlands Gambling Authority has opened a public consultation on the country’s responsible gaming rules that are to accompany the Remote Gaming Act, which is currently scheduled to enter into force on March 1, 2021.  

The rules contain provisions to prevent impulsive play, including a prohibition on time-limited bonuses. The rules also clarify how problem gambling prevention processes need to be structured and the role and responsibilities of the dedicated addiction prevention representative for the Netherlands that all future licensed operators will need to appoint.  

The consultation will run until November 9.  

Other news 

The Dutch trade association for amusement arcades, Family Entertainment Centers Nederland (FEC Nederland), has notified the Netherlands Gambling Authority that its members will gradually phase out gambling machines that disburse prizes in kind. Such gaming machines are currently not subject to Dutch gambling legislation. 

The Netherlands Gambling Authority has signed a cooperation agreement with Swedish regulator Spelinspektionen 

Frank Op de Woerd, former Head of Content at PokerNews.com has launched a new Dutch-language news site, CasinoNieuws.nl, covering all aspects of the national and international gambling industries. 

Postcode Loterij has launched a new neighborhood fund 

Mr Green is set to launch in Spain after the William Hill brand received a license from the country’s regulator.  

Spanish online gambling revenue rose by 18% year-on-year for Q2 2020, despite sports betting taking a significant hit. 

Meanwhile, Spain’s new and restrictive Royal Decree on Gambling Advertising is still on schedule to be approved by the end of October, DGOJ Director General, Mikel Arana said 

The Swedish Administrative Court of Appeal in Jönköping has upheld gambling regulator Spelinspektionen’s decision to revoke Global Gaming’s betting and gaming license.