TOMORROW | GiH networking drinks In Amsterdam
Join us tomorrow, July 7 in Amsterdam for another edition of the Gaming in Holland networking drinks.
Meet other gaming professionals while you are in town for iGB Live.
The GiH networking drinks will take place at Rijnbar Amsterdam – a typical Dutch bar, not far from RAI Amsterdam – which also serves the famous Dutch “bitterballen” snacks.
The first couple of drinks will be free – but only if you register by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that we can only accommodate a limited number of guests. Subsequent registrants will be placed on a waiting list. Don't wait too long and register now!
English Premier League backs voluntary shirt sponsorship ban
The Premier League is asking clubs to support phasing out shirt sponsorship by gambling operators in a last-ditch effort to avert a government-imposed ban, Sky News reports.
Under the proposal, a voluntary ban would come into effect at the start of the new season, but would allow existing deals to run their course, providing they expire no later than the 2024-25 campaign.
Shirt-sleeve branding could be excluded from the voluntary ban.
The Premier League's proposals appear to be part of an attempt to capitalize on a recently emerged rift at the top of the Conservative party over the question of whether to ban football shirt sponsorships.
The UK government is expected to imminently release a white paper on gambling reform, which is expected to include bet limits of between £2 and £5 on online slot machines and casino games, and affordability checks.
Inducements, such as free bets or VIP perks are also likely to be banned for customers who are losing heavily.
Dutch government to overhaul deposit limit scheme
In response to parliamentary questioning from MPs Michiel van Nispen (SP) and Mirjam Bikker (CU), Minister for Legal Protection, Franc Weerwind has confirmed that the Dutch government intends to overhaul the current scheme for deposit limits.
At present, all players with licensed operators must specify deposit and playing limits as part of the registration process. As the original goal of these limits was to create awareness among players, no legal maximums were specified.
Following public criticism, the government is currently investigating two options: 1) add a legal maximum to the current per-operator deposit limits; 2) introduce a single deposit limit across all operators.
Furthermore, Weerwind said that he is preparing a ban on “untargeted advertising,” but added that “some amount of advertising” should remain possible.
After having been issued a Dutch remote license, Kindred's flagship brand Unibet is now live in the Netherlands.
Online sports betting operator betFIRST has agreed a new sponsorship deal with Belgian First Division football club Royal Antwerp, despite the country’s government having recently proposed a blanket ban on gambling advertising.
Sportsbook and gaming supplier Digitain has signed former star footballer Luís Figo as brand ambassador.
The Romanian government has published the country’s new draft Fiscal Code, featuring a tax hike on gambling withdrawals to as much as 40%.