Newsletter - Netherlands Gambling Authority announces two new iGaming licensees ...and more!

GiH Business Drinks | Thursday, March 17, The Hague

Join us on Thursday, March 17 in the Hague for the first GiH business drinks of 2022! The event will kick off at 17:00.


The event will be co-hosted with trade associations VAN Kansspelen, NOGA, and VNLOK, which means that this will be an excellent opportunity to expand your professional network – or reconnect with existing contacts.


As places are limited, registration is required. Registrations will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. However, members of VAN Kansspelen, NOGA, and VNLOK, as well as GiH partners and sponsors will be given priority.


If you would like to attend, please RSVP


2022 GiH Conference & Expo confirms KSA chair René Jansen as first speaker

We are proud to announce Netherlands Gambling Authority chair René Jansen as the first confirmed speaker of the upcoming 2022 GiH Conference & Expo on June 20-21.


The 2022 GiH Conference & Expo will take place at Jaarbeurs Utrecht. The event will be accompanied by a full-fledged exhibition featuring over fifty stands. The product exhibition will be free to attend.


We expect to announce additional conference speakers soon!


Dutch court sides with EA Games in loot box case

The Council of State, the Netherlands’ highest administrative court has sided with game publisher EA in its appeal against the Netherlands Gambling Authority, ruling that loot boxes in its FIFA game do not constitute a form of gambling as defined in the Dutch Gambling Act.


As a result of the ruling, the incremental penalty payments issued by the Netherlands Gambling Authority to EA Games have now been quashed.


NYT: AI could help prevent problem gambling

The New York Times has published an article exploring the potential use of artificial intelligence (AI) to help prevent problem gambling. The article specifically explains the approach employed by Danish responsible gaming outfit Mindway AI:


“Mindway’s system takes into account 14 different risks. Those include money and time but also canceled bank withdrawals, shifts in the time of day the player is playing and erratic changes of wagers. Each factor is given a score from 1 to 100, and the A.I. then builds out a risk assessment of each player, improving itself with each hand of poker or spin of the roulette wheel. Players are scored from green (you’re doing fine) to blood red (immediately step away from the game). [...]
The value in the program isn’t necessarily just identifying those blood-red problem gamblers; by monitoring the jumps along Mindway’s color spectrum, it predicts and catches players as their play devolves. Currently, casinos and online operators focus their attention on blood-red gamblers; with Mindway they can identify the players before they ever reach that point.”

Mindway AI recently added GiH founder Willem van Oort to its Board of Directors.


Upcoming events

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

· ICE 2022 remains confirmed for April 12-14.

· The 2022 Gaming in Holland Conference & Expo has been scheduled for June 20-21 at Jaarbeurs Utrecht.

· EASG 2022, the 13th European Conference on Gambling Studies and Policy Issues, has now been scheduled for 6 – 9 September 2022, and will take place in Oslo, Norway.


Netherlands Gambling Authority announces two new iGaming licensees

On Tuesday, the Netherlands Gambling Authority announced it had issued remote gaming licenses to Circus Casino (Betca BV) and Novamedia Gaming.


Novamedia, which owns the Postcode Loterij and VriendenLoterij brands, is the largest charity lottery operator in the Netherlands. Previously, the lottery operator announced that it would offer “soft” online gambling products, instead of more traditional casino games and sports betting products.


Circus Casino is a Belgian operator which owns both a Belgian online license and dozens of land-based venues, including a traditional casino, slots arcades, and betting shops. Circus's Dutch operations will be launched in cooperation with several local partners, including Hotel Gaming and others.


Currently, the Dutch regulator has issued a total of 17 online gambling licenses. Additional licenses are expected to be announced soon.


Other news

The second episode of podcast series “Feitmans & PeePee,” featuring NOGA director Peter-Paul de Goeij and AGOG chair Feite Hofman is now live.


Following public criticism, TOTO Online has set a mandatory daily playing time limit of 8 hours, down from 24, for all its customers.


The German Sports Betting Association (DSWV) has warned against the “rampant” black market developing in the country and has implored politicians to strive towards channelization.


The Swedish government has introduced new licensing charges for B2B gambling software providers as well as increasing the charge for renewing a license for online operators.


Malta has taken significant steps to exit the Financial Action Task Force's grey list.


888 Holdings has reported revenue of $980.1m for the year ended 31 December 2021, a 15% increase from the prior-year period.