Looking to Apply for a Dutch Remote Gaming License? Don’t Miss the Gaming in Holland Breakfast Briefing!

The regulated Dutch iGaming market is scheduled to open on 1 January 2021. From 1 July 2020, the Netherlands Gambling Authority will start processing license applications from interested operators. Now is the time to get ready.

In order to keep interested parties fully informed of what is to come, Gaming in Holland will organize a FREE breakfast briefing on Tuesday, December 17 in Amsterdam.

KSA chairman to speak at GiH Breakfast Briefing

The following speakers will make an appearance:

  • René Jansen, Chairman of the Netherlands Gambling Authority
  • Justin Franssen, Managing Partner at Kalff Katz & Franssen
  • Peter-Paul de Goeij, Director of Speel Verantwoord
  • Sanne Muijser, General Secretary of VAN Kansspelen

When & where

The GiH Breakfast Briefing will take place on December 17 at CIRCL, a new pavilion in Amsterdam’s Zuidas district that was constructed by ABN AMRO according to sustainable and circular principles.

The main program starts at 09:00 and ends at 10:30.

Breakfast will be available from 08:00.

How to register

To register for the event, please send an email to rsvp@gaminginholland.com.

Please note: places are limited and registrations will be processed in order of reception.

We hope to see you soon in Amsterdam!


GVC/MGM Joint Venture Strikes Landmark Deal with Yahoo Sports

Verizon Media’s digital sports publishing network Yahoo Sports has entered into a partnership with MGM Resorts and Roar Digital, a joint venture between MGM Resorts and GVC Holdings to power sports betting for Yahoo Sports and create collaborative content experiences and live events.

The integrated product is set to launch in November, with betting transactions to take place on the BetMGM platform. Yahoo Sports will be an official Digital Media Sports Partner of MGM Resorts.

“The historic partnership with Yahoo Sports and BetMGM will change the future of fandom, providing new ways for sports fans to go beyond engaging with content and interact through commerce,” said Verizon Media CEO Guru Gowrappan.

“This partnership marks an important moment for BetMGM in the growing US sports betting sector,” commented MGM Resorts chairman Jim Murren.

The Yahoo Sports app and digital sports content is enjoyed by 60 million US users every month while Yahoo Fantasy Football clocks up 9 billion minutes of user time every year.


Upcoming Events

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

  • Join MGM, Google, Hard Rock, GVC, Facebook, The Stars Group, William Hill, and many more in New York City, November 5 – 6, at Sports Betting USA.
  • On 5 November, 2019, the Swedish Trade Association for Online Gambling (BOS) will organize a lunch seminar on match-fixing and the new directives for betting on Swedish sports. If you wish to attend, RSVP no later than October 31 to gustaf.hoffstedt@bos.nu.
  • Attend Reputation matters: the gambling sector in the spotlight on 7 November, 2019 in London to learn more about the key issues and challenges surrounding the public perception of the gambling industry. Kenny Alexander, CEO of GVC, will deliver the opening keynote.
  • The second edition of European Gaming Congress, which will be held on 8 November 2019 in Milan, will feature a Benelux market update that will offer a wealth of information about the gambling industry in the Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg.
  • Join GamblingCompliance’s webinar “How Can Gambling Operators Responsibly Manage VIPs?” on 12 November, 12, 2 pm GMT.
  • Save the Date! VAN Kansspelen is organizing a general product exhibition on 20 November, 2019 in Hotel van der Valk in Tiel. More information is available here.
  • This year’s Gaming in Spain Conference, which takes place 21 – 22 November, 2019 in Madrid, will focus on sustainable advertising, as well as brand perception and popularity in the maturing Spanish iGaming market.
  • On 19 December, the Faculty of Law of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam will organize a one-day conference titled Supervision, inspection, and enforcement with regard to gambling in the Netherlands. The conference will be chaired by Endowed Professor of Sports and Law, Marjan Olfers.
  • 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 World Gaming Executive Summit will return to Barcelona from 30 June – 2 July,  2020. Key themes on the agenda include AI, the future of land-based gaming, CSR, sustainable marketing, regulation updates, fantasy sports, and emerging marketing opportunities.
  • World Regulatory Briefing now offers a series of free webinars on topics related to responsible gaming.


Dutch Regulatory Pressure Negatively Impacts Betsson and Kindred Revenue

Both Betsson and the Kindred Group have admitted that regulatory pressure from the Netherlands Gambling Authority has negatively impacted their revenues during the last nine months.

“We continue to experience headwinds in the Netherlands due to the removal of the iDEAL payment solution,” Kindred Group said in a press release.

The Netherlands Gambling Authority has been aggressively pursuing remote gambling operators – including Kindred’s Unibet brand – who offer this specific payment solution, which requires a Dutch bank account.

Similarly, the Betsson Group reported “continued weak trends in Sweden and the Netherlands” in the period between January and September 2019. Earlier this year, the operator was forced to rebrand its Netherlands-facing online casino brands due to their “Dutch-sounding” names.


Other News

Starting from 1 January 2020, the mandatory remittance rate of Dutch charity lotteries will decrease from 50% to 40% of their total revenue.


Holland Casino has selected global B2C marketing automation firm Selligent Marketing Cloud to support its omnichannel marketing efforts and deliver enhanced guest experiences.


The German Sports Betting Association (DSWV) has called for practicable and consumer-oriented betting regulations.


Belgian Juliper Pro League football club KAA Gent has urged the Belgium Gambling Commission (BGC) to clarify its advertising conditions related to football marketing conducted on behalf of betting firms.


Concerns of tax evasion and money laundering persist in Malta and threaten to derail the significant progress made in the island’s gaming industry.


Greece’s parliament has passed a bill reforming the country’s gambling laws.


Betclic Group is to withdraw from the UK online gambling market, citing the company’s “low performance” in a “very competitive market.”


Evolution Gaming has reported a 47% rise in Q3 2019 revenues to €94.7m, with the live casino provider hailing an increased global demand for its games.


Casino giant Genting Group has struck a deal to acquire LeoVegas’ live dealer solutions subsidiary Authentic Gamingin a €15m deal.


Sweden’s regulated online gambling market took a step backward in the third quarter of 2019, posting its lowest revenue total of the year to date.


Swedish gambling regulator Spelinspektionen has unveiled a new system for licensed operators to report suspected money laundering and terrorist financing.


Svenska Spel reported a decline in Q3 GGR as the effects of competition and regulation in the re-regulated Swedish market hit the company’s balance sheets.


The Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority (FCCA) has called for a single gambling regulator in the country.


Online gambling participation rates in Lithuania almost doubled between 2017 and 2019 according to new research commissioned by the Lithuanian Gambling Supervisory Authority, but the overall number of people gambling in the country declined.


The US PGA Tour is ready to introduce gambling at tournaments “from next year” to tap into new audiences, Commissioner Jay Monahan has said.