Gaming in Holland Conference & Expo Welcomes US Social Casino Data Expert

Gaming in Holland is proud to announce that Carter Rogers, Research Manager at SuperData Research, has agreed to speak at the upcoming Gaming in Holland Conference & Expo.

SuperData is the leading provider of market intelligence and insights covering games, VR, AR, eSports, and gaming video content. Earlier this year, the company authored the report Gambling and Digital Games in the Netherlands on behalf of the Netherlands Gaming Authority.

As SuperData’s lead social casino analyst, Carter Rogers oversees SuperData’s reports on the latest developments and trends in the social casino industry. Mr Rogers’ presentation will address the following topics:

  • Overview of digital games market.
  • Overview of digital games with gambling-like elements (social casino, fantasy sports, amateur eSports, CCGs, in-game item wagering).
  • Who is playing these games with gambling-like elements? (Netherlands vs UK vs US)
  • Overlap of real-money gambling and games with gambling-like elements.
  • Does playing a gambling-like game increase the likelihood of real-money gambling?
  • Trends of how most gambling-like games are taking public steps to differentiate themselves from real-world gambling.
  • What future trends do stakeholders have to be aware of?
  • What current international trends/activities do stakeholders have to be aware of?

To attend Carter Rogers’ presentation, or those of our other industry and regulatory experts, register now for the sixth annual Gaming in Holland Conference & Expo on June 13-14 in Amsterdam!


Live Casino Provider Evolution Gaming Signs Deal with Nederlandse Loterij

Evolution Gaming, a leading provider of live casino solutions, has announced that it has signed an agreement with Nederlandse Loterij, operator of the Dutch State Lottery and numerous other gaming brands.

Bas van de Bunt, Director Online & Business Development at Nederlandse Loterij, commented: “We wanted to work with a market-leading provider with a proven track record of delivering first-to-market advantage in re-regulated jurisdictions. Evolution has achieved this a number of times for major licensees in new markets across Europe.”

According to its recently published Q1 figures (audiocast here), Evolution Gaming has seen spectacular growth, reporting a 60 percent increase in revenues to €39,7m (€24.8m) as well as a 65 percent increase in EBITDA to €17.0m (€10.3m).

Technological advances, as well as general bandwidth increases, have made the live gaming segment increasingly popular with punters over the last few years. This undoubtedly explains the interest of Nederlandse Loterij to expand into this particular market segment as soon as the regulated Dutch online market opens – which is now expected to occur in the second half of 2018 or early 2019.


Novomatic Netherlands Acquires Its Nineteenth Arcade

Novomatic Netherlands added its nineteenth gaming arcade to its portfolio through the acquisition of the Five Stars Casino at ‘s Hertogenbosch. “We now operate a total of 19 electronic casinos and see our workforce grow to over 300 employees – it’s our ambition to expand further during 2017 to 30 electronic casinos,” Robert Meijer, CEO of Novomatic Netherlands, said.

“The purchase of Five Stars Casino fits perfectly with our strategy to optimize synergy. All facilities are present in the ‘s Hertogenbosch region to guarantee a beautiful future for our latest acquisition,” Paul Strikers, co-CEO at Novomatic Netherlands, added.


Netherlands Gaming Authority Reveals Foreign Fines

Following a Freedom of Information Act (WOB) request, the Netherlands Gaming Authority has made public the amounts it fined foreign violators of the Dutch gambling act – as well as the amounts it actually collected between 2012 and 2017.


Social Casino Demographics: “Very Few Paying Under-18’s”

According to a new report by the International Social Games Association (ISGA), the global industry body for social casino games companies, real-money gambling by minors occurs only rarely.

The report’s key findings include:

  • A tiny proportion of under 18’s are playing or paying to play social casino games:
  • 41% of social casino players were found to be 18 or older;
  • As few as 0.01% of total players are money spending under 18’s.
  • 58% of players are female.
  • Free players spend more time playing than paying players.


Impact of Self-Exclusion “Very Much Slowed Down” at William Hill

Last year, UK bookmaker William Hill warned that the introduction of a new self-exclusion feature aimed at online problem gamblers could significantly hurt the company’s profits, possibly to the tune of £20-25m per year.

According to William Hill CEO Philip Bowcock, however, the impact of self-exclusion had “very much slowed down” in recent months, adding: “we keep an eye on it, but nothing material to say on that.”

Bowcock also promised that the bookmaker’s omnichannel roll-out would be complete by the end of the year.

Growth in the company’s online division was cited as one of the key drivers behind a 9 percent year-on-year increase in group revenue during the 17 weeks to April 25, 2017.

William Hill shares were up 0.9 percent at 301p in midday trading in London on Tuesday.


Holland Casino Reports 4.7% Rise in Profits

Last week, Holland Casino released its 2016 annual report. The company’s after-tax income increased 4.7 percent to €74.1m, while the number of unique visitors grew more modestly by 1 percent. Visitors, however, spent 4 percent more per visit compared to 2015.

Interestingly, the annual report also has employees discussing the casino chain’s responsible gaming measures, as well as its omnichannel and inovation strategy.

The company also revealed the winning design for the new Holland Casino location in Venlo.

Meanwhile, Holland Casino was hit by all-day strikes on Monday at its branches in Groningen, Leeuwarden, and Enschede, further escalating the conflict between management and employees.

Last but not least, Holland Casino CEO Erwin van Lambaart will speak at the Gaming in Holland Conference & Expo on June 13. Register here.


Other News

French online gambling operator Betclic Everest Group has shut its operations in Belgium just one year after joining the country’s regulated online market.


Mobile-focused online operator LeoVegas reported a 49% year-on-year rise in Q1 revenues, which the firm, in part, attributed to its most significant marketing investment to date. The operator also announced it will be applying for a Dutch license once the country’s remote market opens.


Swedish state-owned gaming operator Svenska Spel has seen net gaming revenue drop by 5 percent to SEK2.16bn (€224m) for the first quarter of 2017, despite growth from its online gaming business.


Meanwhile, online operator Mr Green posted a 26 percent increase in Q1 revenues to SEK276.1 million (€28.7 million). The company also completed the acquisition of Danish online gaming company Dansk Underholdning. “Since our focus is to expand in locally regulated markets, an establishment in Denmark is a natural step,” Per Norman, chief executive of Mr Green, said.


In the wake of the Joey Barton betting scandal, the English Football Association (FA) has promised to investigate whether it is appropriate for the FA to have official relationships with betting operators.


A UK parliamentary report compiled by the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) that criticized fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBT) in high street betting shops was found to have breached parliamentary standards, in part because the APPG failed to disclose it made use of funding from organizations that stood to benefit from FOBT curbs.


Sunday’s French presidential elections surpassed Brexit to become the second biggest political betting event ever. As the majority of bettors backed the losing candidate, Marine Le Pen, bookies had a particular good weekend.


Ladbrokes Coral announced on Thursday that a tough high street environment dampened its first quarter net revenues, which rose a modest five percent. Digital revenues, however, were up 22 percent.


#RequestaBets, accumulator-based bets which are built by the customer rather than offered up by the bookmaker, are increasingly popular in the UK.


Online betting drives the Kentucky Derby to new wagering record.