Dutch Lotteries Will Have Unfair Advantage when Online Gaming Comes to the Netherlands”

“Bookmakers are already concerned that Dutch state-owned lotteries will have a head start when licensed online sports betting begins, with lower taxes on their retail operations plus a database of existing customers to solicit for business,” GamblingCompliance reports.

In contrast to all other games of chance, lottery prizes at €449 or below are not taxed in the Netherlands, a situation that is not expected to change. As a result, land-based lotteries, instead of the nominal rate of 29%, face an effective gambling tax burden of less than 10%.

“Questions are most certainly being asked as to whether this advantage constitutes state aid,” said Alan Littler, an academic focused on gaming policy who works with Amsterdam-based attorneys Kalff Katz & Franssen.

In a somewhat similar case, entrants to the newly liberalized Danish market also expressed concern that former monopolist Danske Spil possessed an unfair advantage, as it shared its customer base and website with its land-based operations. Years later, in 2015, Danske Spil still controlled 48 percent of the entire Danish gambling market.

 

Holland Casino Now Stealthily Hiring

Now that legal online gaming is widely expected to come to the Netherlands in 2017, state-owned Holland Casino is busy preparing for the launch of its online casino.

Although no job advertisements have been posted, the brick-and-mortar operator reportedly  has contracted a recruitment agency to engage in a behind-the-scenes quest for a chief marketing officer, as well as several product managers (poker, casino, sports betting, bingo, and games) to oversee the launch of its online offering.

 

Dutch Lower House Holds Roundtable Discussion on Match-Fixing

On Monday, parliamentarians of the Dutch Lower House held a public roundtable discussion on “match-fixing, fraud, and corruption within sports.” Representatives of sports associations and government bodies tasked with fighting fraud, as well as external experts, were invited to discuss strategies to combat match-fixing and corruption in sports.

A full report of the roundtable discussion and participants’ position papers, are now available.

The Dutch football association (KNVB) said it uncovered an attempt at match-fixing in its top-tier Eredivisie domestic club competition.

 

The Netherlands Gaming Authority Opens Public Consultation on Problem Gambling

The Netherlands Gaming Authority (Kansspelautoriteit) has opened a public consultation on its proposed addiction prevention policy in anticipation of the implementation of remote gambling.

Members of the public are invited to respond to the draft consultative proposal by March 11, 2016.

In related news, the Netherlands Gaming Authority also published a report on the risks surrounding the outsourcing of public interest-related business operations to third parties by licensed gaming operators. The Netherlands Gaming Authority expects these risks to be manageable.

 

Online Lead Generation Company Catena Media Goes Public at Nasdaq Stockholm

 

Trading in shares of marketing and lead generation company Catena Media, a major player in the online gaming affiliate industry, commenced last week at Nasdaq First North Premier.

Catena Media primarily operates in Scandinavia, the UK, and the Netherlands. The company has been a major driving force behind the consolidation trend that is currently happening in the affiliate market.

“We tend to remain one of the main driving forces, but there’s a lot of other people doing the same thing. Now there are four or five major players that are trying to control the market, and we’ll probably see that’s where we’re heading, I believe,” Catena co-founder Erik Bergman recently said.

 

2016 World Gaming Executive Summit to Take Place 5-7 July in Barcelona

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, this year’s World Gaming Executive Summit, the most exclusive and influential gathering for the gaming industry, will bring together over 70 expert speakers to debate and discuss industry issues, providing new ideas for online and offline gaming innovation.

Eric Olders, CEO at JVH Gaming and featured speaker at the Summit, also took the time to share his thoughts on the biggest challenges and opportunities in the gaming industry in the free eBook The Future of the Casino Industry:

“I see two major areas of opportunity in the casino industry […] The first is a shift to more focus on consumer demands and a more customer driven way of offering our services; […] the second is the importance of data – specifically on consumer behaviour and demands.”

 

Other News

Several members of the Dutch Lower House said that the proposed introduction of online gaming in the Netherlands gave rise to “the fiercest lobbying efforts ever.”

 

President Barack Obama recently admitted to liking sports betting. But how about our very own PM Mark Rutte?

 

The Council of Europe and the European Union launched a new initiative to combat match-fixing: Kick Crime Out of Sport.

 

Spain’s online gaming market just posted a 26% increase in annual revenue, while the Swedish online market saw a more modest growth of 7%.

 

Meanwhile, online casino software supplier NetEnt reported a profit increase of more than 50%.

 

“The skill revolution is coming to real-money gaming.”

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