Full Program of GiH Lottery Session Now Online

Join Gaming in Holland and former Lotto CEO Tjeerd Veenstra on Tuesday, November 28, for an afternoon session on the future of the Dutch lottery landscape.

We will bring you three separate 30-minute discussion sessions on the following topics:

  1. New charity lottery licenses in the Netherlands
  2. Lotteries and responsible gaming
  3. A regulatory perspective on the future of the Dutch lottery landscape

Click here for additional details.

Our other speakers are Peter-Paul de Goeij (Lottovate) and Roelant Reizevoort (Fair Share Nederland), Pieter Remmers (Assissa), and Justin Franssen (Kalff Katz & Franssen). Leading IT and sourcing lawyer Polo van der Putt will moderate the sessions.

GiH’s lottery session will also be the last networking event for the Dutch gaming industry of the year. Even if your main focus is on a different gaming vertical, you are more than welcome to join us in order to keep in touch with your fellow professionals in the wider gaming community.

The event promises to be well-attended. Places are limited. Register today!


MPs Raise Questions on Impact of 4th EU AML Directive on Gaming Sector

While discussing the bill that would make possible the implementation of the fourth EU anti-money laundering directive, the Permanent Committee for Finance of the Dutch Lower House raised a number of questions on the impact of the directive on the gaming sector.

MPs representing political group VVD asked whether the government intends to exempt land-based amusement centers and, if so, when the conditions of that exemption will be made public.

MPs representing CDA asked whether remote gaming operators will eventually be subject to the anti-money laundering directive.


Action Plan to Address Match-Fixing to be Sent to Dutch Lower House in Early 2018

During a meeting of the Permanent committee of Health, Welfare and Sports of the Dutch Lower House, several MPs expressed concerns regarding the threat of match-fixing to the integrity of sports.

Minister Bruno Bruins (VVD) of Medical Care said that the Ministry of Justice and Security will send an action plan addressing match-fixing to the Lower House in January.


UK Gambling Commission Tells Gambling Industry to Brace for Change

At the UK Gambling Commission’s annual Raising Standards conference, Sarah Harrison, Gambling Commission Chief Executive, said: “The bar has been set too low by operators in relation to treating customers fairly. The customer experience has not been what it should be, and change is now coming.”

Earlier in the day, Gambling Commission chair, Bill Moyes, warned: “Public support for gambling is beginning to decline.”

George Lusty, Project Director at the UK Competition and Markets Authority, also gave a speech that, among other things, took aim at making the withdrawal of deposit winnings conditional on meeting wagering requirements.


Upcoming Events

The following upcoming events may be of interest to members of the GiH community.

  • On 24 November, Malta’s largest iGaming conference SIGMA’17 will feature a session on regulatory developments in the Netherlands, moderated by GiH founder Willem van Oort. Conference registration is open. Gaming in Holland and LeaseWeb invite SIGMA’17 attendees to join us for drinks on Thursday, 23 November 2017, starting at 7:30 pm. Places are limited, so please reserve your place today by registering here.
  • Also taking place during SIGMA’17 is the KPMG eSummit Regulatory Conference, which will include an in-depth look at gaming in the Netherlands, as well as several breakout sessions.
  • Registration for ICE 2018, which is to take place 6-8 February 2018 at ExCeL London, is live. As always, there will be a Gaming in Holland Lunch – on 7 February – at next year’s foremost gathering of gaming professionals in the world.
  • The GamblingCompliance Global Regulatory Awards 2018, celebrating excellence in the field of regulatory compliance and responsible gambling, will be hosted at The Sheraton Grand Hotel, London – 18 April 2018.
  • Next year, the iGaming Super Show, EiG and Amsterdam Affiliate Conference come together as iGB Live!, a consolidated three brand event. The first edition of iGB Live! will take place 17 – 20 July 2018 at The Amsterdam RAI.
  • The 12th EASG Conference on Gambling Studies and Policy Issues is now scheduled for 11-14 September 2018 at the Grand Hotel Excelsior, Valletta, Malta.


Loot Boxes Receive Scrutiny from Legislators, Netherlands Gaming Authority, Other Regulators

Video game loot boxes – consumable virtual items which can be redeemed to receive a randomized selection of further virtual items such as outfits, weapons, or other equipment – have lately come under increased scrutiny from European legislators and gambling regulators, including the Netherlands Gaming Authority.

In many free-to-play video games, players must purchase loot boxes in order to acquire certain items that are helpful to beat the game. In many cases, the more desirable items can be sold for real money to other players. As the contents of each loot box is randomized, buyers do not know beforehand what items they will get. In several jurisdictions, including China, Japan, and the Isle of Man, loot boxes are already regulated as a form of gambling.

Loot boxes trigger the brain in ways that are similar to gambling, psychologists say.

Dutch MP Michiel van Nispen (SP) has officially asked the Minister for Legal Protection, Sander Dekker, to consider whether loot boxes in video games should be considered a form of gambling.

Earlier, the Netherlands Gaming Authority announced it would investigate whether loot boxes and similar virtual items should be brought under its regulatory scope. The Belgian Gambling Commission followed suit, while the Belgian Minister of Justice said he wanted an EU-wide ban on loot boxes in video games. A French senator has also called on the country’s gaming regulator to investigate loot boxes in video games.

During a recently televised consumer program, Netherlands Gaming Authority CEO Marja Appelman stated (starting at 8:20) that there are significant similarities between loot boxes and actual gambling.


Other News

Construction has started on “Gran Casino Nuland,” located in the Van der Valk Hotel near ‘s-Hertogenbosch. The casino, which will be limited to operating gaming machines, is expected to open in February 2018.


Steven van Zadelhoff and Rolf Slotboom have been admitted to the Dutch Poker Hall of Fame.


Construction of the new Holland Casino building in Venlo has started.


The Minister for Legal Protection, Sander Dekker, has responded to questions from MP Madeleine van Toorenburg (CDA) regarding so-called “children’s’ casinos,” i.e., arcade halls offering games of skill with which players can win small non-monetary prizes.


Law firm Kalff Katz & Franssen is looking to hire both a trainee lawyer (regulatory) and a trainee lawyer (general) for its well-regarded gaming practice.


Lottery innovator Lottovate is looking to hire a London-based Netherlands Operations Manager.


Lottovate and UNICEF Norway have launched the UNICEF-lotteriet; Norway’s first ever digital-only charity lottery. After acquiring a Dutch license in late 2016, Lottovate is also expected to launch a Dutch charity lottery in the coming months.


Gambling among Belgian children as young as ten years old is common, a new study by the Belgian university KU Leuven finds.


This year, the UK National Lottery has suffered a steep decline in revenues and sales. Billionaire newspaper mogul Richard Desmond has developed plans to bid for the National Lottery when the UK franchise comes up for renewal.


The French National Lottery has joined forces with the Swiss data-analytics team, Sportradar, to launch a free-to-play esports site.


Danish state-owned operator Danske Spil has migrated to a new multi-channel lottery system supplied by Scientific Games.


Sweden’s unregulated market grew by 11% year-on-year to SEK 4.5bn in the first three quarters of the year, figures released by the Swedish gambling authority Lotteriinspektionen show. Unregulated operators held a market share of 53% during the nine month period.


A change in tax permanent establishment criteria contained in the current version of the Italian draft budget law might have a considerable impact on the gaming industry.


William Hill posted a 13% y-o-y increase in online wagering, combined with a 6% net revenue rise during Q3.


Authentic Gaming has agreed to begin streaming its Authentic Roulette product from the gaming floor of Royal Casino Group in Denmark.


The Stars Group has said that it expects partial liquidity pooling to commence in France, Italy, Portugal and Spain early next year.


An illegal gambling ring that was busted in Italy is said to have links to Malta-licensed Medialive Casino.


Sky Betting & Gaming has announced the launch of a new “world-first” online payments feature, enabling customers to have funds paid into their bank account in real-time.


Greece-based giant OPAP has announced an impressive 64% climb in net profit during the July to September period, mainly driven by the launch of video lottery terminals.


A Spanish land-based casino has started imitating online casinos by offering welcome bonuses.


The National Basketball Association (NBA) has announced that it will lend its voice to lobbying efforts to legalize and regulate sports betting in the US Congress.


After months of campaigning from state lotteries and newsagent groups, lottery betting operator Lottoland has been banned from selling bets on Australian lotteries.


Australian operators Tabcorp and Tatts Group have overcome a major barrier in their effort to merge after the Australian Competition Tribunal (ACT) approved the deal.


Ozzy Osbourne has joined MetalCasino.com as the firm’s brand ambassador.