Gaming Laboratories International Acquires NMi Gaming

US-headquartered testing and certification services provider Gaming Laboratories International has agreed a deal to acquire fellow compliance testing outfit NMi Gaming. The new combination will be a leading supplier of testing and compliance services to the global gaming industry.

Martin Britton, Managing Director at GLI Europe, commented:

“The acquisition of NMi Gaming brings many benefits to existing clients. Traditionally, NMi Gaming has had a strong position in the Dutch market, offering services across all sectors. Being part of the GLI Group increases service levels to NMi’s clients even further by allowing access to GLI’s global bandwidth and global lottery expertise and also by leveraging the knowledge and skills that are present in GLI Europe’s Haarlem office.

We believe we can better serve the Dutch market by using joint capabilities to provide great customer service and global advice.”


“Advertising Ban on Binary Options Legally Impossible”

Dutch binary options and CFD broker Optieclub claims that a proposed advertising ban on “complex financial products” would violate EU law.

Optieclub also promises to hold the Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets (AFM) liable for all damages resulting from the introduction of such a ban.


Betsson Asks EC to Re-Open Infringement Proceedings against the Netherlands

Online gaming operator Betsson has asked the European Commission to re-open infringement proceedings against the Netherlands.

Ulrik Bengtsson, CEO and President, Betsson AB said:

“Betsson view the ongoing confusion in the Dutch market as unacceptable. We have therefore submitted an official complaint to the European Commission. The current law in the Netherlands is not in line with EU law and we have therefore asked the Commission to re-open the infringement proceedings that were initiated against the Netherlands in 2006.”

“It’s important to not let the states get away with it,” Betsson CEO Ulrik Bengtsson further told EGR Intel.

Bengtsson also said that the lack of progress with regard to Dutch gambling liberalization amounted to “a monumental failure:”

“The Dutch have been scrambling since 2012 to amend a gaming law from 1964 that everyone has deemed to be illegal.

Five years later they have still not managed to, and they are saying they will not manage it now going forward either.”


Is Dutch Gaming Law EU Compliant?

While the Netherlands Gaming Authority has publicly claimed that Dutch gambling legislation is in compliance with EU law, Gaming lawyers Justin Franssen and Alan Littler of Kalff Katz & Franssen argue that many questions remain unresolved: “[T]he regulatory system evidently has not always received a clean bill of health under EU law.”

In related news, Dutch Senators have asked the State Secretary of Security and Justice to explicitly comment on the recent decision – prohibiting enforcement of non-EU compliant legislation – by the Court of Justice of the European Union in the case Unibet International v. Nemzeti Adó-és Vámhivatal Központi Hivatala.


Other News

The Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has responded to Parliamentary questions on the increasing prevalence of match-fixing in the Netherlands.


Recent higher-ed graduates are once again invited to participate in the annual Netherlands Gaming Authority Thesis Award competition. The deadline to submit is September 1.


The municipal council of the Dutch city of Assen is proposing to build a casino as part of a “recreational zone” near the TT motorcycle circuit.


Trading in shares of B2B online casino supplier – and GiH sponsor – Aspire Global has commenced on Nasdaq First North Premier in Stockholm.


Belgian center-right party the Christian Democratic and Flemish Party (CD&V) has proposed a bill that would raise the minimum age for all gambling products to 21 years old.


The UK Gambling Commission has unveiled its new enforcement strategy. Key changes include higher financial penalties, particularly in cases of systemic and repeated failings, and putting more stress on the possibility of license review.


William Hill and Lottoland signed a B2B deal that allows the bookmaker’s customers to bet on the outcome of the world’s leading lottery draws. Similar deals were concluded earlier between Lottoland and the Kindred Group, as well as Lottoland and William Hill Australia.


Slovakia has stepped up its efforts to discourage unlicensed online gaming in the country.


If you want to improve the performance of your gaming floor, the Totally Gaming Summit is a must-attend event.


PokerStars has agreed to match “dollar-for-dollar” the account balance of approximately 60,000 PKR customers unable to withdraw funds since the closure of the online poker room.


Betfair has agreed a multi-year partnership with Italian Serie A football club Juventus.


Irish sports bookmaker Paddy Power has drawn fire for its latest Wimbledon-related prank.


LeoVegas has announced the launch of its LeoVegas Sport brand in Denmark’s regulated market, just one week before the start of the Danish top league football season.


The agenda for EiG 2017 has been announced.


A preliminary deal has been struck between payment provider Worldpay and its US rival Vantiv, with Vantiv offering £9.1bn (€10.3bn/$11.75bn) to combine the companies.


Asian-facing online gaming provider has agreed a sponsorship deal with German Bundesliga football club Werder Bremen.


The merger of Australian betting firms Tabcorp Holdings and Tatts Group could be on hold after the country’s competition watchdog filed to block the union.