Newsletter - Minister: No overhaul of charity lottery licensing rules ...and more!

Gaming in Holland webinar | VAT rules for Netherlands-licensed operators and service providers

In the Netherlands, gambling services are not subject to VAT, but rather to a wholly separate gambling tax. As a result, operators are unable to deduct the VAT charged by their suppliers from their own tax liability. This means, in effect, that third-party products and services – including marketing – are 21% more expensive for gambling operators than for other service providers.


To learn more of the Dutch VAT rules and ways to lessen their impact, join the GiH webinar VAT rules for Netherlands-licensed operators and service providers on June 16 at 15:00 CET. If you intend to provide gambling services in the Netherlands – or expect to supply products and services to Netherlands-licensed operators – this webinar is not to be missed.

This webinar will feature VAT specialist Martijn Jaegers, Partner at Taxand Netherlands. Other speakers TBA.


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


Free download | Regulated Dutch online market report

Platform provider EveryMatrix has published a report on the regulated Dutch online market.


The report contains information on:

  • Market size and characteristics

  • Licensing conditions

  • Technology requirements

  • Responsible gaming obligations

  • A market-specific case study

Download the full report here: https://bit.ly/3ph8J1Z


LeoVegas joins Dutch trade association NOGA

LeoVegas has joined the Netherlands Online Gambling Association (NOGA) as its newest member.


Peter-Paul de Goeij, managing director of NOGA said: “LeoVegas is a well-recognized and appreciated brand, it has a great track record and brings a swath of knowledge and experience to NOGA, which it in turn can offer to and share with the local gambling industry.

Like the other members of NOGA, LeoVegas takes consumer protection and responsible gambling extremely seriously and leads the way with initiatives like LeoCare. We look forward to closely working together with them to the greater good of the Dutch gambling market.”


Daniel Valiollahi, Director of Communications and Public Affairs at LeoVegas: “We are looking forward to the Dutch market, finally, introducing local licenses that will ensure fair competition and high consumers protection. LeoVegas’ corporate strategy is to grow on locally regulated markets. We believe that a well-represented and well-respected trade organizations such as NOGA will be a constructive partner, ensuring that the Dutch re-regulation is successful.”


In addition to LeoVegas, NOGA's current membership includes the world's largest international online gambling brands, such as Bet365, Betsson, Betway, Dazzletag, Entain, Flutter, and Kindred.


Last chance: Online Gaming Management Masterclass - NL Focus | 7 – 11 June

Only a few places are still available for the Online Gaming Management Masterclass - NL Focus, a course specifically designed to provide you with the practical skills and knowledge to successfully operate an online gaming business in the regulated Dutch market.


The course is taught by Jason “Wolf” Rosenberg and Itsik Akiva (formerly Totally Gaming Academy), who also trained Holland Casino and Nederlandse Loterij staff in the past.


Can you afford to be less well prepared?


The course will cover the following topics:

  • The Online Gaming Ecosystem

  • Gaming Economy and Revenue Generation

  • Protection Measures for Operators and Players

  • Bonus Management

  • Player Acquisition, Marketing Channels, and Marketing Technology

  • Player Retention, Promotions, Loyalty and VIP Management

  • Business Planning, Product Management & The Online Gaming Balance Sheet

  • In Practice - Planning Your Next Steps


Sign up here: https://bit.ly/3yDALZY


Upcoming 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.

Ministry of Justice publishes reports on online gambling consumer communications strategy

The Dutch Ministry of Justice has published two related research reports aimed at assisting the Netherlands Gambling Authority and other authorities in developing an effective consumer communications strategy.


The first report explores the motivations of several categories of consumers of gambling services (casual players, at-risk players, problem players, and (semi-)professional players) to gamble online. The report finds that safety is likely to be the main motivator for players to switch to the regulated offering, provided that the regulated offering is not significantly inferior to unregulated alternatives.


The second report provides a more detailed overview of the dos and don'ts regarding creating a responsible consumer communications strategy.


Minister: No overhaul of charity lottery licensing rules

Minister for Legal Protection Sander Dekker has informed the Lower House that tentative plans for a future overhaul of the Dutch charity lottery system have been shelved.


A recent report commissioned by the Ministry of Justice and Security, as well as a previous (2019) ruling by the Council of State, have removed the need to drastically reconsider the current system, Dekker said.


Dekker, however, also noted that limited changes to the current regulatory framework aimed at promoting innovation and making it easier to enter the Dutch charity lottery market could be considered in the future.


Other news


The Netherlands Gambling Authority has assisted law enforcement authorities in shutting down three illegal casinos in the municipality of Venlo.


The German state of Sachsen-Anhalt has published the technical specifications of the player behavior and deposit limit monitoring databases. Meanwhile, a state aid complaint may derail Germany's proposed gambling tax regime.


The Malta Gaming Authority has announced that it has cancelled Smart Operations' B2C gaming license.


Betsson has boosted its brand visibility in the Latin American market by securing the official regional sponsorship of the CONMEBOL Copa America 2021 football tournament.