Newsletter - Netherlands Gambling Authority chair reminds sector of new powers ...and more!

Only one month to 2021 GiH Conference kick off!

The 2021 Gaming in Holland Conference will take place on September 28 – only one month from now!


The conference will take place at the historic Krasnapolsky Hotel in downtown Amsterdam and will feature a keynote speech by the Netherlands Gambling Authority chair René Jansen, as well as a panel consisting of the CEOs of all the major incumbent operators.


The conference will be chaired by BNR Nieuwsradio anchor Paul Laseur.


The full-day event concludes with drinks at Holland Casino Amsterdam Centrum.

In accordance with current Covid-19 restrictions, visitors of the 2021 Gaming in Holland Conference must be able to show official proof of Covid-19 vaccination, or a negative test result no older than 24 hours prior to the start of the event. For more information, please consult this website.


More information on our speakers is available on the conference website. Register today: https://bit.ly/3vJHiPU!


VriendenLoterij and BankGiro Loterij have merged

Novamedia-owned charity lotteries VriendenLoterij and BankGiro Loterij have officially merged and will continue together under the VriendenLoterij brand.


By combining the two lotteries, the prize pool will increase to €135m in 2021, allowing the new VriendenLoterij to offer bigger prizes without increasing the price of its lottery tickets.

Ahead of Zandvoort race, betting brands show increasing interest in Formula 1

While Formula 1 betting has not yet reached its full potential and even now remains somewhat underdeveloped, interest is noticeably increasing, EGR reports.


“F1 is a huge sport with great fan engagement in every corner of the world, creating significant potential for operators as F1 unlocks its data for the sports betting industry,” says Sportradar MD of operations for betting and gaming Dalraj Bahia.


Sportradar has recently launched 21 in-play markets for F1, such as “total number of driver overtakes” and the chance to bet on which driver will have the fastest lap for each lap of the race. Since launching its Live Odds/Live Data solution at the start of the 2020 season, Sportradar has seen a 250% increase in the number of clients taking the service.


Free download | Regulated Dutch online market report

Platform provider EveryMatrix has published a report on the regulated Dutch online market.


The report contains information on:

· Market size and characteristics

· Licensing conditions

· Technology requirements

· Responsible gaming obligations

· A market-specific case study


Download the full report here: https://bit.ly/3ph8J1Z


Upcoming events

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

Events

  • Kindred Group will host the 6th annual Sustainable Gambling Conference on 5 October. The event will take place online and is free to attend.

  • Get ready for the 2021 Gaming in Germany Conference, which will take place 25 October at the Grand Hyatt Berlin.

  • SiGMA Europe has been rescheduled to 16 – 18 November, 2021.

  • The Betting on Sports America conference and expo has been scheduled for 30 November – 2 December, 2021 and will bring together all the major players in the fast-growing North American sports betting industry.

  • The World Gaming Executive Summit is returning live on 6 – 8 December, 2021 at the W Hotel, Barcelona.

  • ICE London and iGB Affiliate London have been scheduled to take place 1 – 3 February, 2022.

Webinars and virtual events

The European Association for the Study of Gambling (EASG) will host three virtual events in the period 7 – 9 September featuring several leading voices in the responsible gaming community.


Netherlands Gambling Authority chair reminds sector of new powers

With the entry into force of the Remote Gambling Act, the Netherlands Gambling Authority (KSA) has been given new powers to stop illegal gambling, the regulator's chair René Jansen wrote in a personal blog post.


Among other things, these new powers allow the Netherlands Gambling Authority to order payment providers to cease offering their services to unlicensed gambling operators. Also, the Dutch regulator may henceforth order providers of "public electronic communication services," i.e. social media, to stop facilitating unlicensed gambling offerings and to block or remove gambling advertising that violates applicable marketing rules.


KSA inspectors will also be allowed to assume false identities online in order to reveal any criminal practices through “mystery shopping.” Additionally, KSA inspectors can be empowered to conduct home searches and seize objects.


In related news, the Dutch regulator has claimed a €10,000 penalty payment from Nederlandse Loterij-owned Lotto over the operator’s repeated failure to adhere to advertising standards.


Other news

Curaçao-based Foundation for the Representation of Victims of Online Gaming (Stichting Belangenbehartiging Gedupeerden Online Kansspelen) has filed a police report accusing master license holder Cyberluck of facilitating fraud committed by its sublicense holder 1xBet.

Stakelogic has extended its reach in the Belgium market after integrating with platform and content provider Gaming1.


Unibet is now the official betting partner of the NFL's Pittsburgh Steelers


Police in Ukraine have arrested a high-ranking member of the country’s Commission for the Regulation of Gambling and Lotteries (KRAIL) over blackmail and bribery allegations.