Dutch Staatsloterij / De Lotto Combination Prepares for Regulation of Online Gaming

Dutch lotteries Staatsloterij and De Lotto, which are currently in the process of merging, signed a letter of intent with NYX Gaming Group to execute an agreement for an integration of digital gaming content and player account management via NYX’s Open Platform System.

In addition to the integration of OPS, the agreement will see market leading slots and scratch card titles from NYX’s wholly owned subsidiary NextGen Gaming launch across their sites.

A spokesperson for the Staatsloterij confirmed that the deal was signed in preparation of the upcoming regulation of online gaming in the Netherlands, which is expected for 2017: “It is no secret that we are looking to enter the online market, as soon as regulation is in place,” adding that “it would make sense, for instance, to start offering online sports betting through [sports lottery] De Lotto.”

Surprisingly, as the deal includes slots titles, it appears that state-owned lottery operator Staatsloterij is now looking to compete with state-owned Holland Casino, which is also developing an online casino. Perhaps not coincidentally, both state-owned operators are (or soon will be) for sale.


Plenary Debate on Dutch Remote Gaming Bill Postponed to Week 16

The Lower House has postponed the scheduled plenary debate on the remote gaming bill. The debate is now set to be held during week 16, on April 19, 20, or 21.

Don’t forget: Gaming in Holland will be present at the debate and will live tweet directly from the Chamber; and more extensively after the debate has concluded.


Gambling, Lottery Participation in Germany Continues to Fall

A new study by the Deutsche Lotto- und Totoblock (DLTB) and the Bundeszentrale für gesundheitliche Aufklärung (BZgA) shows that overall gambling participation in Germany continues to fall.

In 2015, 37.3% of all respondents indicated they had participated in a game of chance during the last twelve months, compared to 40.2% in 2013. Even the most popular game, “Lotto 6aus49,” was played less often. In 2015, 22.7% of all respondents had played the classic game in the preceding year, compared to 25.2% in 2013, and 40% in 2009.

Yet while lottery participation is falling, participation in illegal sports betting is on the rise, particularly among men aged 18-20.


Netherlands Gaming Authority Revokes Fine Against Online Operator

The Netherlands Gaming Authority (Kansspelautoriteit) has decided to revoke a €180,000 fine against UK-based online operator Total E Soft, as well as sister company XKL.

Remarkably, while the Gaming Authority wholly rejected (pdf) the appeal of Total E Soft against the fine, the regulator, at second thought, suddenly concluded that “it has been made insufficiently plausible that players based in the Netherlands could actually sign up at the operator’s website,” thus removing any legal basis for the imposed fine.


Other News

A charitable foundation run by the Dutch Postcode Lottery organization is investing “several million euros” in start-up incubator Rockstart.


Dutch lottery De Lotto has published its new policy with regard to advertised top prizes and unsold scratch card tickets.


The UK online gambling market looks set to surpass the £4bn mark in gross gaming revenues in 2016.


The CEO of gaming and lottery operator and services provider Amaya, David Baazov, has been charged with insider trading, causing a heavy drop in the company’s share price. Baazov has now taken an indefinite voluntary paid leave of absence from his position.


Online CFD trading platform XTrade recently announced football star Cristiano Ronaldo as the brand’s official ambassador. Last year, Ronaldo already signed a sponsorship deal with PokerStars.


A new French bill seeks to disassociate eSports tournaments from gambling events.


South Korea may get the world’s most expensive casino complex.