Newsletter - Future reports of suspicious betting activity not automatically shared with Dutch sport

Dutch-language gambling advertising increasingly prevalent on YouTube

Minors and young adults are increasingly targeted by Dutch-language gambling advertising on YouTube, Dutch national broadcaster NOS reports.


Malta-licensed N1 Interactive is among the operators who specifically target a (young) Dutch audience on the Google-owned video sharing platform. Several promotional videos – at least one of which has been removed by YouTube – direct viewers to the operator's mobile app.


“YouTube is not our priority,” a Netherlands Gambling Authority spokesperson said. “Instead, we focus on getting the gambling apps themselves removed from the App Store or Play-Store.”


GiH webinar | Navigating risk and compliance: PEPs & AML

Operators looking to enter the regulated Dutch online market will need to create operational and administrative processes to deal with politically exposed persons (PEPs) among their customers. Additionally, operators must ensure that they don't onboard customers listed on national and international sanctions lists.


To learn more of these new obligations and possible solutions, join the GiH webinar Navigating risk and compliance as a Netherlands-licensed operator on April 29 at 15:00 CET. This webinar is designed to provide you with an understanding of the relevant Dutch regulation, risks to your business, and possibilities for automating your risk workflow.


Topics

  • The legislative and regulatory framework

  • How to comply with local AML regulations (Wwft)

  • How to screen your clients against different lists

  • Screening challenges (risk framework, remediation, false positives)

  • Ongoing monitoring

  • Process automation

Speakers

  • Dr. Alan Littler, lawyer at Kalff Katz & Franssen

  • Dave van Gulik, Director of Trust Alliance Compliance Solutions

  • Andrea Thian, Proposition Specialist Risk, Refinitiv (an LSEG business)

Register today: https://bit.ly/3cUM334


Evolution to acquire Big Time Gaming for €450m

Evolution Gaming Group has entered into an agreement to acquire Big Time Gaming Pty Ltd for a total consideration of up to €450m, payable in cash and Evolution shares.


Currently, Big Time Gaming titles include world-wide player favorites like Bonanza and Extra Chilli as well as the ground-breaking game mechanic Megaways, which is incorporated in over 200 games from multiple providers.


“With the addition of Big Time Gaming to our portfolio of slot brands we strengthen our strategic position as the leading provider of digital casino games in the world,” said Jens von Bahr, chairman of Evolution.


Completion of the transaction is expected during Q2 2021.


Evolution gaming, originally a niche live gaming provider, acquired game developer NetEnt in 2020 for €1.8bn. Evolution currently has a market capitalization of over €28bn.


Upcoming events


Events


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


  • The third edition of CasinoBeats Summit will return to Malta from 13 – 15 July, 2021, as part of Summer iGaming Week organized in partnership with KPMG and Gaming Malta.

  • iGB Live and iGB Affiliate have also been moved to 28 September – 1 October, 2021, but will still take place in Amsterdam!

  • The 2021 Gaming in Holland Conference has been scheduled for 1 October, 2021 – the very day that the regulated Dutch online market finally opens. Netherlands Gambling Authority chairman René Jansen has agreed to deliver the keynote speech. Save the date!

  • 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 postponed to 1 – 3 February, 2022.

Webinars and virtual events

  • The European Association for the Study of Gambling (EASG) has announced two new webinars. On April 15 at 11:00 CET, the EASG will present a webinar on match-fixing and integrity, followed on April 22 at 11:00 CET by a webinar on Covid-19 and problem gambling.

  • On April 15, casino trainer Arjan Korstjens will host a free online sample workshop to introduce his upcoming land-based casino marketing course.

  • Don't miss the upcoming Gaming in Germany webinar “Regulatory update & policy principles” on April 21, offering the latest news on the regulation of Germany's online gambling market.

Future reports of suspicious betting activity not automatically shared with Dutch sports associations

A legislative oversight in the Dutch Remote Gambling Act will make it harder for reports of suspicious betting activity to reach Dutch sports associations.


According to the Remote Gambling Act, licensed betting operators will be obligated to report instances of suspicious betting activity and possible match-fixing. However, as match-fixing typically involves the laundering of dirty money, all such reports must be made to the Financial Intelligence Unit (part of the National Police Corps). These reports, in accordance with the Dutch Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing (Prevention) Act (Wwft), must also be kept secret.


As a result, reports of possible match-fixing are unlikely to be shared in a timely manner with Dutch sports associations, says NOC*NSF, the overall coordinating Dutch sports organization.

In a public letter, NOC*NSF calls on the government to take all necessary measures to ensure that Dutch sports will be adequately informed of suspicious betting activity, as well as the creation of an additional remittance from licensed betting providers to Dutch sports associations to cover the costs of anti-match-fixing measures.


MP Rudmer Heerema (VVD) has tabled Parliamentary questions on this matter.


NOC*NSF signs betting monitoring partnership with Sportradar

Meanwhile, NOC*NSF has already signed its own pilot agreement with Sportradar to monitor local sports competitions.


Alongside fundamental bet monitoring, Sportradar will also provide NOC*NSF with a full picture regarding the already established global betting markets on domestic Dutch sport. Risk analysis reporting will also be provided throughout the partnership, including data driven insights to best inform strategic decisions to protect against integrity risks.


Gerard Dielessen, CEO of NOC*NSF: “This pilot agreement with Sportradar Integrity Services is an essential project in understanding the betting exposure that is afforded to Dutch sport. Through ongoing bet monitoring of our domestic sports competitions, and analysis of the latest betting trends surrounding them, we will have insights that will help inform what the most effective and efficient long-term strategy is to protect against integrity risks.”


Other news

Employees of gaming arcade hall operator Janshen-Hahnraths Group will temporarily assist care facility Daelzicht in taking care of its clients.


Lottery platform provider Lotify has assisted the Dutch National Equestrian Federation (KNHS) in raising €94,000 through a one-off lottery.


The spring 2021 issue of the IMGL Magazine has now been published.


Kindred has partnered with online, offline and contactless payments provider MuchBetter.


Betsson announced plans to go live in Mexico by the end of 2021 through a local partnership with Big Bola.