Netherlands Gaming Authority Seeks to Protect Minors from Exposure to Gambling

The Netherlands Gaming Authority is giving special attention to protecting minors from exposure to gambling and gambling advertising.

Joop Pot, board member of the Gaming Authority recently gave a speech outlining some of the risks currently faced by minors.


Don’t Gamble with Your IT Security

An upcoming webinar on March 8 will focus on one of the major challenges of the iGaming industry: the unique security threats faced by the sector in an online environment filled with ever evolving and increasingly complex cyberattacks.

The webinar will cover the following topics:

  • An overview of the latest trends in cybersecurity.
  • A closer look at the unique challenges faced by the iGaming industry.
  • How to best prepare yourself for an attack.

Leaseweb’s security experts Julien Lehmann and Bastiaan Spandaw will host the webinar and be joined by Willem van Oort from Gaming In Holland who brings years of expertise in the iGaming industry.

Don’t roll the dice with your cybersecurity – sign up here today!

Leaseweb is a partner of Gaming in Holland.


Casino Marketing Academy Comes to the Netherlands

The Casino Marketing Academy is an intensive three day program that will analyze each area of the services marketing mix in order to increase the ROI of your land-based casino marketing. The course will teach how to optimize the ROI of your marketing through not only improving skills across all aspects of marketing communication and promotions, but how to better understand your customers, building a brand, social media, agency management and much more.

Attendees will come away with a Marketing Plan, ROI Campaign Template and Social Advertising Guidelines.

The course director is Arjan Korstjens, consultant, speaker, and trainer in the international casino industry. There are courses in March, June, and September.


Kindred Group Acquires 32Red, Eyes Danske Spil’s Online Operations

A week after announcing that it would acquire 32Red for £175.6m, Kindred Group, the parent company of Unibet and other online gambling brands, has expressed an interest in acquiring the online operations of Denmark’s former state monopoly Danske Spil for DKK 4bn ($571m).


Playtech CFO: “Bingo Key Acquisition Channel for Casino”

While presenting Playtech’s 2016 results to investors, the company’s CFO stated that quite a few bingo players tend to evolve into players of casino games:

“However, bingo was a key acquisition channel for casino with bingo side games being included in the casino line. And therefore, as with services, bingo revenue should not simply be looked at in isolation.”

In 2016, the company also posted a 12% revenue increase (€709m), as well as a 20% increase in adjusted EBITDA (€302m). Adjusted net profit remained flat (€206m), however.


UKGC to Hold Operators Responsible for Affiliates’ Actions

The UK Gambling Commission will be holding operators responsible for the business practices of affiliates, UKGC CEO Sarah Harrison has told the industry:

“In recent months the [Information Commissioner’s Office] has launched a wide ranging investigation targeting more than 400 affiliates associated with the gambling industry. We know that the gambling sector is one of the worst offenders when it comes to spam SMS (which breaks the law) – and these practices are often associated with affiliates.

My message to those businesses is that they need to get their house in order. But far more importantly, my message to operators is there is no ‘fudge’ around this, no equivocation – the affiliates who promote your brand and who drive business to your websites are your responsibility, and it is you who are accountable.”


Nearly Half of UK Adults Gambled in Past Four Weeks – One in Six Online

New figures released by the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) show that 48% of participants in a gambling survey have gambled in the past four weeks (a 3% increase on 2015). This figure drops to 33% when you exclude those that have only played the National Lottery.

Of those surveyed, 53% of men (50% in 2015) and 44% of women (41% in 2015) have gambled. 17% of people that gambled did so online, with 97% of online gamblers gambling at home (unchanged from last year). Use of mobile phones or tablet devices to gamble has increased by 10% since 2015, to 43%.

0.7% of those that have gambled in the past twelve months identified as problem gamblers (compared to 0.5% in 2015), with 5.5% identified as at-risk gamblers.


Dutch Senate Committee to Discuss Way Forward on Remote Gaming Bill on March 7

The Permanent Committee for Security and Justice of the Dutch Senate will discuss on March 7 how the legislative body will move forward on both the remote gaming bill and the casino reform bill. Will a vote finally be scheduled?

Stay tuned for more.


Other News

The Dutch Royal Cycling Union (KNWU) has received €1m from online operator Unibet without having to do anything in return.


In two weeks, the Netherlands will hold elections for the Lower House. How do participating political parties look upon gambling?


Dutch customer ID verification company CDDN has earned a NIMA Marketing Integrity Certification.


ICE 2017 has set a new attendance record with over 30,000 visitors. We have also uploaded more photos of the Gaming in Holland Lunch.


The Danish online market is worth €400m, new figures show.


In the past week, online bookmaker bwin has announced three new betting sponsorships with La Liga football clubs’ Valencia CF, Sevilla FC and Atletico Madrid, three of Spain’s most high-profile clubs.


Researchers have developed a new tool, The Positive Play Scale (PPS), to measure responsible gaming beliefs and behavior in their player-base.


Maltese Gaming Minister Manuel Mallia reacted to findings of a recent survey among locally based iGaming executives who felt that salaries were not competitive enough. Salaries among executives working in Malta reportedly compare poorly to those in London and Gibraltar. Executives in Malta can demand annual salaries ranging between €90,000 to as much as €140,000.


LeoVegas has completed the acquisition of Italian gaming operator for €6.1 million ($6.4 million). “This is yet another milestone in LeoVegas’ development,” LeoVegas chief executive Gustaf Hagman said. “The acquisition of will enable rapid expansion in Italy, as we are acquiring a company with local knowledge and an established position.”


New research reveals that the British Columbia government’s online gambling site earns 46% of its online casino revenue from just 619 (5%) of its players.


GameCo, manufacturer of skill-based casino games, is getting one step closer to putting video games in Las Vegas casinos.