Don’t Forget to Register for our Gaming in Holland Lunch @ ICE Totally Gaming!

 

Regular visitors to ICE London will know that the exhibition is all about networking. Gaming in Holland and Speel Verantwoord, the Dutch trade association of online gaming operators, are happy to invite you for lunch on Wednesday, 3 February 2016.

You will have the opportunity to meet fellow iGaming professionals and policy makers. In light of recent recent legislative developments in the Netherlands, this will be an essential part of your ICE program

Last year, the Gaming in Holland lunch was the place to meet up with the who’s who of Dutch (online) gaming. Check out photos of last year’s event here!

An RSVP is required as space is limited. To register your seat, please send an email to RSVP@Gaminginholland.com.

Download ICE’s latest conference brochure here.

 

Marja Appelman, Harrie Temmink, and Justin Franssen Featured at World Regulatory Briefing @ ICE Conferences

If you decide to visit ICE, be sure to visit the World Regulatory Briefing, part of ICE Conferences, on Tuesday, 2 February 2016:

  • Harrie Temmink, Deputy Head of the Online and Postal Unit of the Directorate General for Internal Market and Services will deliver a keynote speech titled: “Remote Technical Standards: A Point of Harmonisation Across EU Member States?”
  • Marja Appelman, CEO at the Netherlands Gaming Authority, will participate in a discussion on “the sore points of pan-European harmonisation on the roadmap to a single digital market.”
  • Peter Naessens, Head of the Regulatory Advice Unit of the Belgian Gaming Commission, will speak on creating effective regulatory schemes to combat black market operators, including best and worst practices, as well as the dos and don’ts of taxation.
  • Last, but certainly not least, gaming lawyer Justin Franssen will chair a roundtable discussion on market entry and regulatory developments in the Netherlands.

Don’t miss it!

H2 Gambling Capital Releases New iGaming Numbers

H2 Gambling Capital, whose founder Simon Holliday spoke at last year’s Gaming in Holland Conference, and iGaming Business, partner of GiH, have released their latest monthly iGaming Dashboard, including forecasts up to 2020.

The new numbers also include estimates of the global “white market” size, which currently sits at 53.2% and is expected to grow to 62.2% by the end of 2020.

Online gaming as a percentage of total global gambling gross win is up to 9.8% and is expected to rise another three percent before the end of 2020.

Since overtaking North America as the region with the highest iGaming gross win, Europe has continued to see exceptionally strong growth and will remain the highest grossing iGaming region for the foreseeable future.

 

Greece Set to Reform iGaming Licensing

Following a 2013 ruling by the Court of Justice of the European Union that found the monopoly of state-owned OPAP unlawful, the Greek government has announced that it is to proceed with proposals to revise the country’s licensing regime:

 “Having fist touted the idea last year, Greece’s Syriza government now plans to roll out a system through which online licences would cost €3 million ($3.3 million) for a five-year period, with operators also required to prepay minimum tax of €1 million per year. […]

Greek Deputy Finance Minister Tryfon Alexiadis said the plan could generate up to €500 million per year for the country’s government.”

Meanwhile, the Lithuanian Gaming Control Commission has announced a number of regulatory changes with the aim of taking “strict legal action,” including payment blocking, against unlicensed operators that target the country.

 

Other News

Readers of the Netherlands’ largest newspaper are not hopeful that regulation of online gaming will succeed.

 

The Netherlands Gaming Authority has signed cooperation agreements with four new research partners.

 

PokerStar introduces a new app for Apple TV.

 

There is now a .bet internet domain name.

 

The UK Competitions and Markets Authority (CMA) has announced it will decide on the proposed merger of Ladbrokes and Gala Coral before June 24.

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