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Updated: Jan 25

Nederlandse Loterij acquires majority stake in digital lottery platform Lotify

Dutch national lottery operator Nederlandse Loterij (NLO) has acquired a majority stake in Leiden-based charity lottery platform Lotify.


The acquisition will allow NLO to provide its beneficiaries and other fundraising groups with their own bespoke lottery solutions that fully conforms to Dutch charity lottery regulations.

Niels Onkenhout, CEO of Nederlandse Loterij: “Many charities and sports clubs are dealing with decreasing revenues and income. A bespoke lottery could be an interesting solution to raise additional funds. However, charities and sports associations may lack the knowledge, resources, and manpower to efficiently organize their own fundraising lottery or giveaways. NLO is now in a position to assist with these issues and contribute to local fundraising initiatives.”


Guy van Iperen, CEO of Lotify: “Our platform facilitates lotteries and other fundraising initiatives. We believe that our platform allows charities and sports associations to raise additional funds in a fun and responsible way. Through our collaboration with the Dutch Lottery, we add almost 300 years of experience to Lotify.”


Number of self-excluded Danish players has continuously increased since 2021, surpasses 30,000

More than 30,000 people are currently signed up to Denmark's national self-exclusion register (ROFUS) Danish regulator Spillemyndigheden has revealed.

Over the years, an increasing number of Danish players have made use of the opportunity to self-exclude, rising from just under 1,500 players at the end of 2012 to over 30,000 at the close of 2021.


Young men are strongly overrepresented among those registered in ROFUS. 76% of the registered players are men. 48% of all registered players are men between the ages of 20 and 39.


Netherlands Gambling Authority imposes penalty payment on yet another Netherlands-facing affiliate website

The Netherlands Gambling Authority has imposed an incremental penalty payment on Linkerik BV, owner of Netherlands-facing affiliate www.onlineroulettespin.com.

Linkerik is the sixth Netherlands-facing affiliate to be handed a penalty payment by the Dutch regulator since September.


The new Remote Gambling Act, which entered into force on April 1, 2021, has provided the Dutch regulator with additional powers to engage in enforcement action against third-party facilitators in addition to the illegal operators themselves. This includes payment service providers and marketing partners.


Webinar report | The Dutch online market opening & beyond

With over 300 registrations, yesterday's Gaming in Holland webinar “The Dutch online market opening & beyond,” which featured speakers from the Dutch regulator and the Netherlands’ leading gambling law firm, was our most successful yet.


During the webinar, it was disclosed that additional remote licenses are likely to be announced in the coming weeks. Contrary to the first round of license announcements, new licensees will not be announced in tranches, but rather as soon as the individual licensing processes are complete


It was also announced that new policy rules regarding post-cooling off period license applications could be published before April 1. This could be particularly relevant for operators who offered unlicensed gambling services to Dutch consumers in the past.


The full webinar has been recorded and is now available here: https://bit.ly/3Kr2fb2


Webinar overview

During the webinar, our speakers addressed the following topics:

  • 2:43: Introductory remarks by Geraldine Huijssoon, Head of the Supervision and Operator Department at the Netherlands Gambling Authority

  • 7:27: Introductory remarks by Justin Franssen, Head of the Gaming & Gaming Practice Group at Kalff Katz & Franssen

  • 11:40: Future advertising restrictions (Justin Franssen)

  • 18:46: Licensing issues & bottlenecks (Geraldine Huijssoon)

  • 26:31: Licensing issues & bottlenecks (Frank Tolboom, Partner at Kalff Katz & Franssen)

  • 37:41: Current enforcement priorities (Geraldine Huijssoon)

  • 41:15: (More) effective communication between regulator and operators (Geraldine Huijssoon, Justin Franssen, Frank Tolboom)

  • 47:45: Audience Q&A – incl. clarifications on post-cooling off license applications

Other news

The Netherlands Gambling Authority is drawing players’ attention to bonus terms and conditions.


Netherlands-licensed bingo operator Tombola is launching a new bingo variant.


Holland Casino has signed a deal with Malta-based online game developer Leander.


NeoGames has agreed a cash-plus-shares deal to acquire B2B platform provider Aspire Global for $480m.


More than one in three UK university students who gamble used borrowed money to do so, new research shows.


Ligue 1 team FC Girondins de Bordeaux will replace Winamax as its main shirt sponsor after the poker and betting operator mocked the club's recent results in several social media posts.