Gaming in Holland Launches Daily News Updates

Henceforth, Gaming in Holland will provide our readers with daily news updates. You can check these out on our website under the heading “Today’s News.”

Every morning of every weekday – with the exception of Wednesday, when we send out our weekly newsletter – we will post a brief overview of the most important national and international gaming news.

Now it is even easier to keep up with the latest happenings in the world of gaming!

 

Join Us for Drinks at GiH’s Networking Event on November 9, 2016, in Amsterdam

It has been a while since Dutch gaming professionals have had an opportunity to come together in order to discuss the latest developments in the Dutch gaming market.

With the Dutch Senate having commenced preliminary discussions on the remote gaming bill, the imminent introduction of a new lottery licensing system, and the upcoming privatization of Holland Casino, it is a good moment to catch up again.

We are calling on all gaming industry representatives, operators, consultants, affiliates, and future iGaming professionals, to join us on November 9 for an informal drinks gathering at Café De Blauwe Engel, conveniently located at the World Trade Center in Amsterdam.

Please send an email to RSVP@Gaminginholland.com to confirm your attendance.

 

Dutch Court: Unlicensed Online Operator Not Liable for Punter’s Losses

The Appeals Court in Amsterdam has confirmed the earlier finding of a lower district court that online operator Unibet is not liable for the losses of a Dutch online punter – despite the fact that Unibet does not hold a valid Dutch gaming license.

The appeals court ruled that the contract between the operator and the player cannot be deemed legally invalid, as remote gaming, despite its current prohibition in the Netherlands, is “by and large no longer perceived as socially undesirable, illegal, or punishable.”

The court pointed out that the number of Dutch online players runs into the hundreds of thousands, that the Dutch government has mostly not enforced the current prohibition, and that legislation to legalize online gaming has already passed the Dutch Lower House.

The Court also found that Unibet fulfilled its obligations in accordance with its duty of care.

 

Dutch Court: Lottery License De Lotto Improperly Awarded

Meanwhile, the District Court in The Hague ruled last Friday that lottery operator De Lotto (now: Nederlandse Loterij) was awarded its lottery license in a manner that violated European regulations.

According to the Court, the license was awarded in a non-transparent manner, while potential competitors of De Lotto were unjustly kept from competing for the available license.

However, De Lotto’s current license will not be suspended.

Earlier, the District Court in Amsterdam already found that the Netherlands Gaming Authority had unjustly refused to consider the license application of new market entrant Lottovate.

 

Netherlands Gaming Authority Issues Record Fine

The Netherlands Gaming Authority has hit an illegal betting shop in Rotterdam, the Netherlands’ second city, with a fine of more than €370,000.

The shop owners were fined €123,750 for operating fifteen illegal gambling terminals, as well as another €250,000 for falsely pretending to carry a Gaming Authority license. The fine is the highest ever handed out to a land-based operator in the Netherlands.

 

Nederlandse Loterij to Sponsor Dutch Professional Cycling Team

Dutch lottery operator Nederlandse Loterij (formerly Staatsloterij/De Lotto) has agreed to a sponsorship deal with professional cycling team Roompot – Oranje Peleton. Starting with the 2017 season, the deal will see the team’s name changed to Team Roompot – Nederlandse Loterij.

The deal is especially notable as De Lotto, before its merger with the Dutch State Lottery, severely criticized a sponsorship deal between between Swedish betting operator Unibet and the Royal Dutch Cycling Union (KNWU).

 

Dutch Senate Commences Preliminary Discussions on Remote Gaming Bill

Yesterday, the Committee for Security and Justice of the Dutch Senate commenced preliminary discussions on the remote gaming bill in preparation of a plenary debate which is expected to take place sometime during the coming months.

Several Senate Members provided written input. We will share their comments as soon as these will be made public.

 

Other News

 

NYX Gaming Group and Endemol Shine Gaming announced a licensing deal, which will make Endemol Shine’s gaming content available to users of NYX’s Open Gaming System (OGS).

 

Professional journal Gaming Law Review and Economics is offering free access to three high-impact articles until November 7.

 

Amsterdam-based law firm Kalff Katz & Franssen is looking to hire a paralegal/trainee solicitor for their nationally renowned gaming practice

 

Holland Casino is looking to hire a campaign developer.

 

The Netherlands Gaming Authority has launched a new campaign: “Illegal gambling is not a game.”

 

Belgium’s six foremost private gaming operators have committed themselves to “ethical and responsible” advertising standards.

 

The UK government has officially confirmed earlier rumors that it would launch a review of the country’s bookmaking industry. The review will consider restrictions on fixed odds betting terminals and TV advertising. The UK Gambling Commission has welcomed the review.

 

The Deutscher Online Casinoverband (DOCV) is supporting efforts to introduce “modern” online gaming legislation in Germany.

 

Swedish operator Betsson rebounded from a dismal Q2 to healthy revenues and earnings in Q3.

 

National regulators from the UK, France, Germany, Spain, Austria, and Portugal have reportedly brought forward to November a meeting that was originally scheduled for next year. Sources claim that the meeting has been expedited to discuss cross-border poker and betting exchange liquidity sharing.

 

Live gaming provider Evolution Gaming posted a 47% revenue growth in Q3.

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