GiH Breakfast Briefing: Operators Only from Now On

Gaming in Holland will organize a FREE breakfast briefing on Tuesday, December 17 in Amsterdam on the latest regulatory developments in the (future) Dutch online gaming market.

As we are running out of available seats, we can now only accommodate operators who are considering to apply for a Dutch remote gaming license. Much to our regret, other interested parties will have to be waitlisted.

If you are an operator and wish to register for the event, please send an email to rsvp@gaminginholland.com.

The GiH Breakfast Briefing will take place shortly after the General Consultation on gambling policy in the Dutch Lower House on November 27.

Of course, we will also discuss the latest clarification (see below) by the Netherlands Gambling on its future remote license application rules.

KSA chairman to speak at GiH Breakfast Briefing

The following speakers will make an appearance:

  • René Jansen, Chairman of the Netherlands Gambling Authority (KSA)
  • Justin Franssen, Managing Partner at Kalff Katz & Franssen
  • Peter-Paul de Goeij, Director of Speel Verantwoord
  • Frits Huffnagel, Chairman of VAN Kansspelen

 

Netherlands Gambling Authority to Reveal Operators Refusing to Pay their Fines

Henceforth, the Netherlands Gambling Authority will reveal which fined operators refuse to pay their financial penalties, the regulator announced last week.

By publishing this information, the Netherlands Gambling Authority aims to warn consumers away from operators that are likely to be unreliable.

If, after an initial refusal, a sanctioned operator reconsiders and decides to pay its fine, the mention of non-payment will be removed from the Gambling Authority’s website.

Currently, Bluemay (bankrupt), as well as Globalstars and Redcorp (both dissolved) are listed as companies that have failed to pay their fines.

 

Upcoming Events

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

  • This year’s Gaming in Spain Conference, which takes place 21 – 22 November, 2019 in Madrid, will come at a decisive moment for the industry. Following Sunday’s general elections, further marketing restrictions may be on the horizon.

Hear the latest from:

  • Juan Espinosa García, Director General de Regulación del Juego (DGOJ)
  • Mikel López de Torre, President of Jdigital
  • Maarten Haijer, Secretary General of the European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA)
  • Maria Rosa Rotondo, Managing Partner Spain & Portugal at Political Intelligence
  • Dominik Beier, CEO of Interwetten
  • And many more!

Register now!

  • Dutch football great Ruud Gullit and former Sky Sports presenter Kirsty Gallacher have been confirmed as the hosts for the SBC Awards 2019, which take place on 3 December at London’s stylish Battersea Evolution venue.
  • 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.
  • The Hospitality Summit, which takes place on 4 – 6 February, 2020 in London, is a brand new conference dedicated to hospitality tailored for gaming.
  • 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.

 

Netherlands Gambling Authority Clarifies Remote License Application Rules

The Netherlands Gambling Authority has provided more information (in Dutch) on the rules and conditions for applying for an online gambling license.

As the secondary legislation that is to accompany the Remote Gambling Act has not yet been finalized, the recently revealed information is still to some extent provisional, the regulator said.

Some of the main conditions are listed below:

  • Licensed operators may offer four types of games: casino games played against the house, peer-to-peer casino games, sports betting, and betting on horse racing.
  • Remote license applications will cost a non-refundable €45,000.
  • License applications will have to be made in Dutch, although certain technical documentation may be supplied in English if accompanied by a Dutch translation.
  • Applying operators, as well as key personnel and principal stakeholders, must not have violated administrative, tax, or criminal law during any time in the preceding eight years.
  • Applicants must disclose their marketing strategy to the regulator.
  • Applicants must have a strategy in place to combat problem gambling that has been drawn up in partnership with addiction care professionals.
  • Applicants must demonstrate they are able to check whether a new registrant is registered in the national exclusion register (CRUKS) and, if necessary, to exclude said registrant.

At a later stage, the Dutch regulator will organize workshops aimed at prospective license applicants. More information on the application process, as well as the technical requirements that must be met in order to be eligible for a license, will be provided during these workshops.

 

Other News

Netherlands Gambling Authority chairman René Jansen explains his organization’s public relations policy.

 

Holland Casino’s Utrecht branch and local professional football side FC Utrecht have agreed to continue their partnership during the 2019-2020 season.

 

Nederlandse Loterij is looking to hire a CRM specialist with iGaming experience.

 

Swedish officials have met with Italian regulators to discuss the potential impact of a full-scale advertising ban, Sweden’s Minister of Social Affairs revealed yesterday.

 

Meanwhile, the Swedish Gambling Authority has lowered its estimate for the country’s market channelization, citing new figures from H2 Gambling Capital that put it at 85-87%.

 

In response, BOS, the Swedish trade Association for online gambling, has warned that additional restrictions on online gambling threaten to further decrease the country’s online market channelization.

 

BOS also welcomed Betway as its newest member.

 

Global Gaming’s appeal against the revocation of subsidiary SafeEnt’s license has been rejected by the Sweden’s Administrative Court.

 

Institutional investors had placed enough share orders in the listing of French national lottery operator Française des Jeux (FDJ) to fully cover their alloted section, a spokeswoman for state holding company APE said on Friday. The share sale is expected to raise up to €1.7bn.

 

Nominations for the GamblingCompliance Global Regulatory Awards 2020, including the Responsible Approach to Advertising Award, are now open.

 

Norway-based lottery solutions provider Next Generation Lotteries (NGL) has acquired Novomatic Lottery Solutions(NLS), a subsidiary of the Austrian gaming giant, for an undisclosed sum.

 

Denmark’s online gambling revenue took a step backward in Q3.

 

Revenue at Flutter Entertainment grew to £533m for Q3, a 10% rise year-on-year.

 

Online gambling operator The Stars Group lost nearly $52m in the third quarter as costs grew faster than its revenue.

 

LeoVegas Gaming Group has reported a year-on-year increase in both revenue and operating profit for the third quarter after experiencing growth across most of its core markets.

 

The switch-off of PayPal for online casino companies in Germany cost LeoVegas “20-30%” of its revenues from the market, the operator revealed.

 

Gaming Innovation Group (GiG) saw revenue of €30.2m for Q3 2019, down 19% year-on-year.

 

Scientific Games generated revenue of $855m for Q3 2019, up 4% year-on-year.