Entries Open for Inaugural Responsibility in Gaming Awards

The inaugural Responsibility in Gaming Awards is now open for entries.

Designed to reward outstanding performance and responsible practice in the Dutch gaming sector, the Awards feature a broad range of categories for operators, service providers, social care organizations, and individuals.

Industry Support

The Responsibility in Gaming Awards will become a crucial benchmark for best practice within the Dutch gaming sector.

As such, the awards program has gained broad support from key industry stakeholders, including the Netherlands Gaming Authority, the European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA), as well as local trade associations VAN Kansspelen and Speel Verantwoord.

Entering the Awards

Completely free and easy to enter, the Responsibility in Gaming Awards are open to all companies with a license obtained from the Netherlands Gaming Authority.

There are 12 categories available to enter, including Responsible Gaming Initiative of the Year, Best Use of Technology for Responsible Gaming, Operator of the Year,and Marketing Campaign of the Year.

Those wishing to enter the awards must do so by midnight on 30th May 2018.

Enter now via the Awards website.


Detailed Discussions on Remote Gaming Bill Secondary Legislation at Upcoming Gaming in Holland Conference

On Thursday, May 31, the Ministry of Security and Justice will organize an invitation-only, Dutch-language information session on the secondary legislation that is to accompany the Dutch remote gaming bill.

The information session will feature three expert panels on: 1) consumer protection; 2) problem gambling prevention; and 3) the prevention of gambling-related crime.

Well-known industry insiders Justin Franssen (Kalff Katz & Franssen) and Pieter Remmers (Assissa) have been invited to participate in these panels.

These experts, as well as Ministry policy officials Dennis van Breemen and Frans Maas, have confirmed their presence at the upcoming Gaming in Holland Conference, to further discuss the proposed secondary legislation at the GiH Conference.

Their discussion will be followed by an interactive Q&A session, allowing conference attendees to ask detailed follow-up questions.

Don’t miss it! Book your ticket here.


Subdistrict Court Denies Compensation to Dutch State Lottery Player

The Dutch State Lottery (Staatsloterij) will not have to repay a punter who felt misled by the operator’s advertising, a subdistrict court in the city of Roermond ruled.

The player was unable to prove that his participation in the lottery was influenced by the misleading ads, the court said.


Upcoming Events

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

  • CEO of the Netherlands Gaming Authority Marja Appelman will deliver one of the keynote speeches at the Euromat Gaming Summit, 4 – 6 June, 2018, in Monaco.
  • Early bird tickets for the Gaming Summit, the conference of the German slot machine industry, on June 14 in Berlin are now available.
  • In 2018, 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 International Masters of Gaming Law (IMGL) will be organizing their annual autumn conference in Prague, Czech Republic, 5-7 September 2018.
  • Eurocoin Gaming is inviting its customers to participate in a two-day co-creation workshop in order to design a new game concept for the Dutch market on September 12-13.
  • 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.
  • Betting on Sports Week returns to London in September. Over 2,000 delegates from across the world will make their way to the Betting on Sports Week to join the international betting and gaming trade conferences Betting on Sports 2018and Betting on eSports 2018, held 18-21 September at Olympia London.
  • The 2018 edition of Blockchain Live will feature eight conference stages, including one focused on gaming and gambling. No less than 3,000 attendees are expected to gather in The Grand Hall, Olympia, London on September 26, 2018.
  • The Lisbon Affiliate Conferencewill take place on 17-20 October 2018 and is expected to bring together the key stakeholders in the iGaming affiliate industry.


US Supreme Court Opens Door to Legalized Sports Betting

On Monday, the US Supreme Court overturned PASPA, a 1992 law that prevented most states from legalizing sports betting. As a result, each state will be free to decide whether to regulate sports betting on its own.

The suit was brought by the state of New Jersey. Other states, including Pennsylvania, Delaware, Connecticut, Iowa, Mississippi, New York, and West Virginia, are also expected to quickly move to legalize sports betting.

The Washington Post notes that the Supreme Court’s decision will offer massive rewards to sports leagues:

“‘Legalized sports betting will only bring fans closer to the game, ramping up the action in each minute and creating more intensity,’ Washington Wizards and Capitals owner Ted Leonsis said in a statement. ‘It will bring new revenue into the economy, creating jobs and growing our tax base. Today’s decision is a great one for sports fans and I am eager to embrace it.’

Leagues and teams could try to make money both directly and indirectly from legalized sports betting. […] Sports leagues could also charge more for advertisements and rights fees,  because widespread legal wagering figures to drive greater fan engagement and interest.”

The Netherlands Lagging Behind

Chris Woerts, former commercial director of professional football clubs Feyenoord and Sunderland,  said that the US Supreme Court’s decision further illustrates that the Netherlands continues to lag behind in looking out for the interests of sports:

“Donald Trump’s often reviled America legalizes sports betting, while in the Netherlands politicians continue to let sports down. Politicians offer nice words about the importance of sport to society, but when it comes to guaranteeing sufficient financial support, they are   nowhere to be seen.

The legalization of sports betting would also put in place regulations to protect consumers and prevent harm. At present, a lot of money is flowing away to foreign betting operators, which have been successfully operating in the Dutch for years. Digitization is accelerating, but in the Netherlands we pretend it stops at the border. How naive!”

Share Prices

Following the Supreme Court’s decision, share prices of several major gaming and betting operators rose sharply.

“Paddy Power Betfair Close to Acquiring FanDuel”

Paddy Power Betfair (PPB) is reportedly close to finalizing a deal to acquire US daily fantasy giant FanDuel.

FanDuel would offer (PPB) a database of millions of DFS players that would seemingly be primed for conversion to a sports betting platform.


Other News

The Groningen branch of Holland Casino, which was destroyed by fire last year, is scheduled to reopen at a new, temporary location in November. The operator also said it will invest28m in building a permanent replacement building, which is expected to open in ca. three years.


After a number of delays, Holland Casino’s new branch in Amsterdam West will finally open on 11 June.


Despite protests from the local building aesthetics committee, Holland Casino Utrecht will be allowed to operate its multi-color luminous facade.


Nederlandse Loterij is looking to hire a Responsible Gaming / CSR Officer.


The Netherlands Gaming Authority has extended the public consultation period on its proposed guidance document regarding land-based gaming machines with ten days to May 25, 2018.


Novamedia, owner of the Postcode Lottery format, has decided to invest in Blendle, a Dutch online news platform that aggregates news articles and sells them on a pay-per-article basis.


Andrew Wilson, chief executive of Electronic Arts, has rejected suggestions from a number of national regulators that loot boxes in video games should be classed as gambling.


Meanwhile, the Belgian Gaming Commission is recommending criminal prosecution over illegal loot boxes against Electronic Arts, Valve, and Activision Blizzard.


Gaming companies reportedly threatened to leave Malta after Italian prosecutors exposed mafia infiltration of the Maltese gaming industry. However, the Malta Gaming Authority said that these stories were “completely false and solely intended to tarnish the reputation of the Maltese Jurisdiction.”


The Maltese Parliament has given its approval to the third and final reading of the new national Gaming Act. The new act will strengthen the Maltese Gaming Authority’s powers to enforce industry compliance, standards and regulatory guidelines on gambling/betting stakeholders.


Switzerland’s voters appear ready to support a plan that would restrict online gambling to sites operated by local land-based casinos, while blocking the domains of other operators.


Italy’s sports betting activity during April rose online, but fell at the retail level.


Portugal’s regulated online gambling market relied on its online casino vertical to provide a year-on-year boost in the first quarter of 2018.


The Stars Group Inc, has published its Q1 2018 trading update, detailing a 23% revenue increase as the firm prepares for a significant enlargement of its operations.


Under European shared liquidity, online poker in France has hit a five year high.


Swedish consumers rank gambling advertising dead last in credibility compared to ads for other products or services.


Women’s participation in, and harm from gambling, is steadily increasing. Researchers found that there are clear differences in the gambling behavior, product preferences, and perceptions of product harms between subgroups of women.


Spanish-based international gaming operator Codere saw a $9.45m decrease to its operating profit during Q1 2018 and a 5.4% decline to its operating revenue as net income totaled just $957,000 for the period.


A cryptocurrency startup company said it has created a blockchain system offering “valid randomness” in iGaming.


Disneyis spending millions of dollars to make it harder to open new casinos in the state of Florida, while Atlantic Citywants to open an “adult district” for legalized weed enjoyment.