Lottovate to Go Live in The Netherlands

Lottovate, a wholly owned subsidiary of ZEAL, is planning to introduce an innovative social lottery for Dutch consumers by Q3 2017.

“This new lottery product will be mobile-first and will aim to connect customers to social communities and good causes. By combining jackpots and social aspects, ZEAL is confident that this unique product will reach a wider demographic than traditional lottery,” the company stated in a press release.

In Norway, Lottovate will launch an innovative charity lottery in collaboration with UNICEF Norway.


Netherlands Gaming Authority Takes Aim at Online Gambling Ads

Recently, the Netherlands Gaming Authority has been taking explicit aim at websites carrying online gambling advertisements. Several websites were investigated.

Last month, the regulator also imposed a penalty payment on a Dutch betting affiliate.

Additionally, the Gaming Authority published a formal guideline (summarized here) as to which advertising is allowed.

Only locally-licensed operators are allowed to advertise on Netherlands-facing websites, TV channels, or other media. Other advertising criteria include:

  • Ads must be precise and balanced.
  • Ads should not encourage “undue” participation.
  • Ads may not be misleading.
  • Ads may not be aimed at minors.


Netherlands Gaming Authority Joins Anti-Match-Fixing Intelligence System

The Netherlands Gaming Authority joined the anti-match-fixing Integrity Betting Intelligence System (IBIS) of the International Olympic Committee.

Match-fixing and sports integrity will also be major topics at the upcoming Gaming in Holland Conference & Expo.


Strikes Continue at Holland Casino

Holland Casino employees are keeping up their ongoing series of strikes. Table games temporarily ceased operating at the casino’s Valkenburg branch on Sunday.

On Saturday, a Dutch court found that strikers must announce labor action at least 2.5 hours ahead of time in order to ensure the safety of both workers and visitors.

Because of the ongoing labor trouble, the operator’s festivities to celebrate its 40th anniversary on May 2 have been canceled.


“Sports Sponsors Should Relinquish Demands for Industry Exclusivity”

It is not in the best interest of Dutch sports to be forced to rely on a single sponsor from each industry (such as, for instance, De Lotto). Sponsors should therefore relinquish their demands for industry exclusivity, according to sponsoring guru Marcel Beerthuizen:

“With an umbrella proposition like TeamNL, industry-exclusive sponsorship is going to clash with the sponsorship interests of federations, teams and individual athletes. TeamNL, which could be the ultimate calling card of Dutch sports, should be much more of a coalition of all sorts of companies who join forces to promote national sports at the Olympics.”


Ministry Official to Discuss Remote Gaming Regulation at Gaming in Holland Conference

The head of the task force overseeing the modernization of gambling policy at the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has confirmed his attendance at the upcoming Gaming in Holland Conference & Expo in order to give a preliminary briefing on the secondary legislation that will accompany the country’s long-waited remote gaming bill.

The Dutch remote gaming bill, which passed the Lower House last June, is widely expected to be adopted by the Senate later this year. Detailed regulations to accompany the bill once it has been enacted, are currently being drafted behind closed doors at the Ministry of Security and Justice.

Dennis van Breemen, Program Manager at the Ministry of Security and Justice, has agreed to brief attendees of the Gaming in Holland Conference & Expo on the current state of the regulatory proposals, ahead of the industry consultation that is scheduled to start in the weeks or months following the conference.

At this briefing, Mr Van Breemen will be supported by a number of policy officers to help answer questions from the audience.

The following is a preliminary list of topics that will addressed by Mr van Breemen:

  • Responsible gaming
  • Technical standards
  • Sports integrity
  • Customer ID and age verification standards
  • Advertising guidelines
  • Payments
  • Allowed product verticals, including newcomers like DFS and eSports betting
  • Oversight

The sixth edition of the annual Gaming in Holland Conference & Expo will take place on June 13-14, 2017, in Amsterdam. Join us to find out what is happening in the Dutch gaming market and to meet with local and international executives, regulators, industry experts, and service providers.


Other News

Last week, Dutch TV channel SBS6 aired the first episode of “Holland Casino: de kaarten op tafel,” a documentary series about national casino chain Holland Casino. The episode is now also available online.


Once again, Jack’s Casino will be the main sponsor of the “Festival van het Levenslied,” a free festival with traditional Dutch ballads, on June 10-11 in Tilburg.


Novomatic Netherlands has published a video looking back at ICE 2017.


Binary options and CFD broker Plus500 has reached a €550,000 settlement agreement with the Belgium Financial Services and Markets Authority.


At last night’s GamblingCompliance Regulatory Awards, Kindred employee Maris Bonello won the GambleAware Award for Outstanding Individual Contribution to Responsible Gambling in a Customer-Facing Role, while her employer took home the award for RegTech Provider of the Year.


Swedish national gambling regulator Lotteriinspektionen has appointed Camilla Rosenberg as acting director general to replace its former chief Håkan Hallstedt.


The Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) has announced plans to set up a national betting exchange to help sportsbooks hedge positions and lay off liabilities in order to make the Mediterranean island more attractive to remote gaming operators.


Thanks to Brexit, it is likely that more online casino and betting companies will register their operations in Malta, according to Malta Gaming Authority Executive Chairman Joseph Cuschieri. Cuschieri also said that “the rise of cryptocurrencies is inevitable” and that “Malta is well placed to tap into block-chain.”


On average, online operators earn 60 percent of their revenues via mobile devices.


North America’s National Basketball Association (NBA) has agreed a multi-year deal with sports entertainment company PlayON to launch daily fantasy sports (DFS) contests in regions around the world.


Australian betting operators are potentially facing a “siren to siren” ban on advertising during televised live sporting matches.


Live casino supplier Evolution Gaming reported an impressive 60% y-o-y rise in Q1 revenues.