Newsletter - KSA expects to issue 35 remote licenses prior to market open

Updated: Mar 25

Online Gaming Management Masterclass - NL Focus postponed until June


In consultation with several registered participants, the upcoming Online Gaming Management Masterclass - NL Focus has been postponed to June 7-11. This means that the registration period has been extended.


This Masterclass is specifically aimed at increasing the knowledge of online gaming management within organizations that lack practical, hands-on experience with operating an online gaming operation in the regulated Dutch market. This course will help you close the knowledge gap with more established operators.


The Masterclass will be taught by former Totally Gaming Academy trainers Jason “Wolf” Rosenberg and Itsik Akiva. It is a short, intensive course consisting of five interactive blocks of three hours. Due to current circumstances, the course is taught online.

The Online Gaming Management Masterclass - NL Focus is specifically aimed at the Dutch situation and will specifically address Dutch regulations, market conditions and allowed payment methods.


Last month, trainers Jason “Wolf” Rosenberg and Itsik Akiva provided a partial preview of the Masterclass during the Gaming in Holland webinar “Keys for effective player retention in regulated online gaming.” This webinar is available in its entirety here.

Additional information about the Masterclass (including the full course agenda) is available here.


As the number of available places is limited, don't wait too long to register! Reserve your spot today: https://bit.ly/3pIg8WZ


Stakelogic enters Belgian market

Dutch game developer Stakelogic will enter the Belgian market through a deal with Belgian-based operator, Blitz.be. The deal will see Blitz gain access to Stakelogic's full range of slots and dice games.


Henk Wolff, marketing manager at Blitz, said: “Stakelogic has been making headlines following a series of incredibly popular slot launches and we wanted to make sure we were among the first in Belgium to offer its suite of dice games and dice slots.”


Stephan van den Oetelaar, CEO of Stakelogic, added: “Blitz is just what we look for in a casino partner – modern, innovative and committed to offering its players the absolute best experience from the moment they walk through its digital doors.”


Lottoland considering stock market float at over £1bn

Gibraltar-based online gambling company Lottoland is reportedly considering a stock market float at over £1bn.


Founded in 2013 by German digital entrepreneur David von Rosen, Lottoland is reported to be eyeing a £1 billion valuation listing on a London-based exchange.


Since 2014, Lottoland has hedged the results of global lotteries, allowing its customers to play on individual lottery draws regardless of national laws.


Winnings are paid from the company’s own funds or by insurers, such as Lloyd’s of London.


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.


Netherlands Gambling Authority news update: Regulator expects to issue 35 remote licenses before market opening


In the past week, the Netherlands Gambling Authority has published its 2020 annual report. In 2020, the regulator decided to redefine its central mission from “safe play in a fair market” to simply “safe play.”


The regulator also prepared for implementing a new supervision strategy for when the regulated online market opens – initially with an expected 35 online license holders. Due to a cooling-off period for international operators who previously “actively targeted” the Dutch market, several major international online gambling firms will have to wait at least several months longer.


Finally, the Gambling Authority launched a new program to more stringently document and formalize its internal work processes.


Furthermore, the Dutch regulator published a clarification of the financial reporting rules regarding player deposits held by (future) remote license holders.


Finally, the regulator reminded all land-based gaming arcades of their obligations to connect to the Dutch national exclusion register CRUKS from October 1 onward.


Other news


The Netherlands Online Gambling Association “NOGA” has decided to support Dutch disabled sports fund “Fonds Gehandicaptensport” with an annual donation.


Dutch real money skill gaming company EazeGames has partnered with Hard Rock Digital to launch “Hard Rock 9 Ball Pool” in Europe.


VIXIO GamblingCompliance offers a free market analysis “Online Gambling Trends: Post Pandemic Review.”


The French online gambling market posted a collective 22% year-on-year increase in revenue in 2020 as poker and horseracing grew exponentially.


Ladbrokes and Coral will close hundreds of UK betting shops after gamblers flocked online during the pandemic.


Denmark’s gambling regulator Spillemyndigheden has gained judicial approval to block 55 illegal gambling websites.


Malta-based Casumo will go live in the Spanish online gambling market from 1 April after receiving a license from the country’s regulator, DGOJ.

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