Newsletter - Kindred Group secures Dutch remote gaming license ...and more!

Updated: Jun 13

Participants in Parliamentary roundtable discussion on Remote Gambling Act share position papers

Several participants in tomorrow's Parliamentary roundtable discussion on the Remote Gambling Act, have shared position papers, outlining their views on the new legislation.


The participants who have shared a position paper are listed below.


Meet land-based suppliers & online affiliates at 2022 GiH Conference & Expo | June 20-21, Utrecht

Apart from a strong speaker lineup, the 2022 GiH Conference & Expo is also THE place to meet suppliers for your land-based business and affiliates to promote your online offer in the Netherlands.


The Expo will feature over twenty suppliers of relevant products and services, specifically aimed at the Dutch market. There will also be an Affiliate Zone, where affiliates and operators can mix and mingle.


The Conference will feature relevant sessions on land-based gaming machines and betting terminals, the regulation of which is likely to be overhauled in the coming years.

Please note that the Expo is free to attend.


Visitors to either the GiH Conference or Expo on June 20 are invited to join us for networking drinks at Holland Casino Utrecht.


As places are limited, register today!


Click here to register: https://bit.ly/3LLoTeC


Dutch poker legend launches European Open Poker Championship

Dutch poker legend Marcel Lüske has launched the European Open Poker Championship.


The European Open Poker Championship (EOPC) will feature 240 players who qualified through national Open Poker Championships in various European countries, such as the Netherlands, the UK, Germany, France, Italy.


More details are available on the EOPC's website.


Curaçao's finance minister expects new gambling legislation to be introduced before the end of the year

Curaçao's Minister of Finance, Javier Silvania said that it would be “realistic” to expect that the country will succeed in introducing new gambling legislation before the end of the year.

While details remain unclear for now, the new legislation will almost certainly create an independent gambling regulator to oversee the nation's gambling sector.


In the future, licensing fees will accrue to the state's coffers instead of to the handful of so-called “master license holders,” who, under the present gambling regime, are able to issue an unlimited number of online gambling licenses to sublicensees.


Currently, most of these sublicenses are managed by trust offices on behalf of anonymous owners, making effective oversight of the country's gambling sector almost entirely impossible.


Swedish Economic Crime Authority launches investigation into suspected insider trading of LeoVegas shares

Sweden's Economic Crime Authority (SECA) has reportedly launched an investigation into suspected insider trading of LeoVegas shares, following a $607m acquisition offer made by MGM Resorts International to the Stockholm-based operator.


In a statement, LeoVegas said that it was fully cooperating with the SECA, and that: “No employee, member in the management team or board member in the company has been notified about any criminal suspicion.”


It is presently unclear whether the investigation threatens to derail the acquisition offer.


Upcoming events

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


  • Tune in on June 10, at 14:00-15:00 CET for the free webinar “Staying Compliant in the Netherlands: Key Lessons Learnt,” organized by Maxima Compliance.

  • On June 16, at 11:00-12:00 CET, VIXIO Gambling Compliance and the European Gaming and Betting Association will host a webinar on online advertising and intellectual property rights.

  • 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.

Kindred Group secures Dutch remote gaming license

Today, Kindred Group was granted a license to offer remote games of chance in the Netherlands by the Dutch regulator, Kansspelautoriteit.


The group’s flagship Unibet brand will launch its Unibet.nl website in the coming days, the company said.


Kindred Group CEO Henrik Tjärnström commented: “We are delighted that we have received a Dutch license. The Netherlands is a large and important market for Kindred Group. Over the past ten years, we have advocated for an online licensing system in the Netherlands, as well as other markets. As one of the largest listed online gambling providers in the world, we want to use our knowledge and experience to make an active contribution to a safe and responsible Dutch online gambling sector.”


Kindred Group CCO Anne-Jaap Snijders added: “Soon, we will also launch Unibet Impact, a unique program based on collaborations with sports and social organizations. Through Unibet Impact, we will support initiatives in the areas of responsible gaming, the prevention of match fixing, and the promotion of Dutch sports.”


Following the opening of the regulated Dutch online market on October 1, 2021, Kindred temporarily halted its operations in the Netherlands. In a trading update, the company said that that this decision would cost an expected £12m per month in earnings.