GiH Conference Program Update: Book Today and Take Part in the Conversation!

Now that the plenary debate on the Dutch remote gaming bill has been rescheduled to May 17, 18, or 19, this year’s edition of our annual Gaming in Holland Conference will take place in the immediate aftermath of the Lower House’s vote: on June 7-8, 2016 at the RAI Exhibition and Convention Center in Amsterdam.

Due to the support of both government coalition parties, the current bill is all but guaranteed to pass the Lower House. The Gaming in Holland Conference will thus be the first and foremost event to discuss the bill’s contents and progress with national and international industry insiders, as well as regulators and legal experts. (It should be noted that the postponement of the debate has been caused by scheduling conflicts, rather than a lack of political support for the bill.)

Book your risk-free ticket now! In case the debate in the Lower House will end up being postponed beyond May 31, we will reschedule our conference to the fall. If it turns out you will be unable to attend at the new date, we will offer restitution of the amount paid.

Last year’s edition of the Gaming in Holland Conference sold out, so book today! And don’t forget: the Gaming in Holland Conference is co-hosted with the iGaming Super Show.

Our own high-quality, two-day program, however, should definitely not be missed either.

Day 1 topics:

  • Outcome of the plenary debate on the Dutch remote gaming bill
  • Secondary legislation (possibly in consultation during event dates)
  • Legal ramifications: tax advantages and illegal state aid
  • The upcoming sale of Holland Casino
  • Dutch lottery licensing and the role of lotteries in funding sports and good causes.
  • Responsible gaming

Day 2 topics:

  • Marketing for iGaming: data & analytics
  • The Dutch affiliate market
  • Key ingredients for a successful iGaming operation: staffing & HR; efficient player identification
  • New kids on the block: eSports, daily fantasy, binary options.
  • The CEO panel
  • Innovation in iGaming with David Sargeant, founder of iGaming Ideas
  • Player panel: speak directly to your future customers. Already one million punters are playing online in the Netherlands!

Confirmed speakers include: Daniel Macadam (GamblingCompliance), Marja Appelman (Netherlands Gaming Authority), Dennis van Breemen (Ministry of Security and Justice), Justin Franssen (Kalff Katz and Franssen), Peter-Paul de Goeij (Lottovate Nederland), Pieter Remmers (Assissa), Wouter Sleijffers (Fnatic), Eric Olders (JVH Gaming), Andy Lulham (Oddschecker), Robert Andersson (Catena Media), Martin van Geest (Meneer Casino), Armijn Meijer (OneTime), Frank Tolboom (Kalff Katz and Franssen), Lennert de Rijk (Metapeople), Dennis van Maanen (Esanda), Martijn de Boer (CDDN), and David Sargeant (iGaming Ideas).

See you in Amsterdam!


Netherlands Gaming Authority Publishes Preliminary Operational Plan 2016-2017

The Netherlands Gaming Authority (Kansspelautoriteit) has published its preliminary operational plan for the years 2016-2017. Stakeholders are invited to submit their written comments on or before May 11 to the Authority.

Some notable takeaways:

  • The Netherlands Gaming Authority considers the remote gaming bill’s aim of a player channeling degree of 80% as a best effort obligation, rather than an obligation to perform, as “not all factors [e.g., tax rates] that impact this percentage are within our control.”
  • The Netherlands Gaming Authority will not limit its enforcement measures to unlicensed operators, but will also aim these at advertisers, payment providers and affiliates.
  • The Netherlands Gaming Authority is currently planning a public information campaign in order to convince players to make use of licensed operators. This campaign will start in 2018 at the earliest. Stakeholders are explicitly invited to provide input.

Download the full operational plan here.


Wiesbaden Court Reinforces Earlier Rulings on German Sports Betting Licenses

The Administrative Court of Wiesbaden ruled that the German government had no authority under EU law to place an arbitrary cap (20 initially – recently boosted to 40) on the number of sports betting licenses.

The case had been launched by betting operator Tipico, which had not been among the original 20 recipients of the licenses announced in September 2014.

The Wiesbaden court also echoed previous rulings that found the license application process vaguely defined, unnecessarily complex, and discriminatory against non-German applicants.

This latest ruling further complicates the ongoing attempts by the German federal states to finally institute a sports betting regime that is compliant with EU law.


Other News

Trendy people are killing the slot machine.


“Good gambling legislation should be about both enabling and protecting the consumer,” according to Sir Alan Budd, one of the architects of the UK’s Gambling Act of 2005. He considered finding a balance between the two his “central dilemma.”


Horse racing can still be very popular. Bets placed on the UK’s Grand National through the remote OpenBet platform peaked at 62,000 per minute.


The Czech Lower House approved a 7% tax increase on slot machines, while New Zealand is considering a 2% point-of-consumption tax on international online operators that offer services in the country.


Big data is radically changing the sports betting landscape.


eSports are on the rise: Activision Blizzard has revealed record-breaking viewership figures for this year’s Counter Strike: Global Offensive Major Championship.


Unibet added a speech-enabled feature to its sports betting app: the new tool enables customers to place a bet by speaking into their mobile device.


Ladbrokes just released a new Football In-Play commercial.


China is mulling the restart of online lottery sales.