Gaming in Holland Conference 2017: Book Today!

Join us on June 13-14 in Amsterdam for the 2017 Gaming in Holland Conference: the annual get together for all gaming professionals who are involved with the Dutch market.

Confirmed speakers include Marja Appelman, CEO of the Netherlands Gaming Authority; Johan Törnqvist, CEO of Play’n GO; Erwin van Lambaart, CEO of Holland Casino; Robin Eirik Reed: Group CEO of Gaming Innovation Group Inc; and many more.

This year’s conference is less than two months away: book today to ensure your attendance!


Dutch Senators Submit Additional Questions on Remote Gaming and Casino Reform Bills

Yesterday, Dutch Senators submitted additional questions to State Secretary Dijkhoff on both the remote gaming bill and casino reform bill.

Although the questions themselves have not yet been made public, only three political groups (CDA, SP, and PvdA) sought additional information on the remote gaming bill.

Questions on the casino reform bill, however, were submitted by senators from CDA, D66, GroenLinks, SP, PvdA, CU, and SGP.


eSports to Be Medal Sports at 2022 Asian Games

eSports will be an official medal sport at the 2022 Asian Games in China, The Guardian reports:

“The Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) announced a partnership on Monday with Alisports, the sports arm of Chinese online retail giant Alibaba, to introduce eSports as a demonstration sport at next year’s games in Indonesia, with full-fledged inclusion in the official sporting programme at the Hangzhou Games in 2022.

The OCA said the decision reflects ‘the rapid development and popularity of this new form of sports participation among the youth.’”

Meanwhile, US casinos are also turning to eSports to attract younger visitors and turn around years of subdued growth, according to the Wall Street Journal, thus further blurring the boundaries between skill-based gaming and gambling.

Unregulated gambling, however, is increasingly putting eSports players, as well as the eSports themselves, at risk. The best solution, therefore, would be to “legitimize” eSports betting, industry professionals say.


Holland Casino Employees on Strike during Easter Weekend

Over the past few days, Holland Casino employees have been striking in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht, Nijmegen, and Breda. The strikers are demanding a 2.5% raise as part of an improved collective bargaining agreement.

Higher personnel costs, however, could make Holland Casino considerably less attractive to potential buyers, as the state-owned casino chain is preparing for privatization. According to an earlier estimate, selling Holland Casino could net the Dutch state up to one billion euros.

Currently, no further industrial action has been announced, but this could change at short notice.


Other News

Five gambling firms, Bet365, Lottoland, Smarkets, Kambi and Spreadex, were named among Europe’s 1,000 fastest-growing companies in a new list compiled by the Financial Times.


888 Holdings has said that it could relocate its headquarters from Gibraltar to Malta, should the former be negatively impacted by the UK’s exit from the European Union (EU).


Restrictions on the transfer of data to other member states of the EU – including restrictions on the transfer of gambling datathreaten a true Single Digital Market from emerging.


The Portuguese professional football player union has introduced an app for footballers to anonymously report match-fixing.


International Game Technology has agreed to sell social casino unit Double Down Interactive to an affiliate of South Korea’s DoubleU Games for $825m.


Novomatic-owned software and service provider Greentube has signed a content deal with Hungary’s first licensed online casino


Problem gamblers appear to lack flexibility in adjusting their risk attitude, even in situations where high-risk strategies are sub-optimal, according to new brain research by Kyoto University researchers.


United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions could reintroduce a federal ban on all state-regulated online gambling in the country, according to various reports in US national media.


Two-thirds of US fantasy sports operators have merged or folded on account of the mounting legislative pressure on the sector.


Brazil’s government is proposing to privatize the country’s lottery sector.