Newsletter - Netherlands Gambling Authority warns affiliate websites ...and more!

Dutch Lower House committee to hold roundtable discussion on gambling policy

On Thursday June 9, the Permanent Committee for Justice & Security of the Dutch Lower House will host a roundtable discussion on gambling policy. Topics include enforcement, operators’ perspectives, and problem gambling and prevention.


The discussion can be followed live through the Lower House's website.


Dutch MP argues for less dependence of sports on sponsoring by gambling operators

Dutch MP Michiel van Nispen has tabled a motion requesting that the Lower House seek external advice on how to lessen the dependency of Dutch sports on gambling sponsorships and lottery remittances.


In a somewhat related development, the UK Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has reportedly included a proposal to ban shirt sponsorships for Premier League clubs in its white paper on the future revision of the country's Gambling Act.


New speakers & exhibitors confirmed for Gaming in Holland Conference & Expo

This year's Gaming in Holland Conference, which will take place on June 20 at Jaarbeurs Utrecht, has added two new participants to its speaker lineup.


Dr. Dirk Quermann, Executive Director at Merkur Sports & Gaming GmbH, will address the topics of retail betting and betting terminals, while Ynze Remmers, CEO, Assissa Consultancy Europe, has agreed to participate in a panel on resposible gambling and compliance.


The full agenda is available here.


The 2022 GiH Conference will be accompanied by a fully-fledged product exhibition on June 20-21, specifically aimed at the Dutch market. The Expo will be free to attend.


Confirmed exhibitors include:

  • Holland Casino

  • Merkur

  • Eurocoin

  • Suzohapp

  • Finnplay

  • Gamanza

  • Trisigma

  • NOGA

  • Tonybet

  • REAC Casino Intelligence

  • Maxima Compliance

  • Altenar

  • EM Group

  • Mindway AI

  • CDDN

  • IDNow

  • Betting Media Group

  • O2H

  • Assissa

  • Centrum voor verantwoord spelen

  • Signs4u

  • KVA

Although available stands are running out quickly, it is still possible to participate in the GiH Expo as an exhibitor. For more information, please contact Loes Wetzer: loes@gamingin.eu.


As mentioned above, visitors to either the GiH Conference or Expo are invited to join us for networking drinks at Holland Casino Utrecht.


As places are limited, register today! Please note that the Expo will be free to attend.

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


Dutch affiliate quality mark KVA to expand to UK market

XY Legal solutions, the company behind the KVA quality mark for Netherlands-facing affiliate websites, has decided to launch a similar initiative in the UK market: the Quality Mark Responsible Affiliates (QMRA).


Despite some initial misgivings, 44 Netherlands-facing affiliate websites have subscribed to the KVA's standards since the quality mark's launch in 2021.


BetCity.nl signs sponsorship deals with International Hockey Federation and FC Eindhoven

Dutch-licensed online operator BetCity.nl has signed a three-year deal to become the first-ever betting partner of the International Hockey Federation (FIH), hockey’s world governing body.


The partnership covers the upcoming FIH Hockey Women’s World Cup as well as the FIH Hockey Pro League seasons in the Netherlands, from now until June 2025. BetCity.nl will be visible for the first time at the FIH Hockey Pro League matches that will be played in Nijmegen (Netherlands) at the end of May.


Starting next season, BetCity will also become shirt sponsor of FC Eindhoven, which competes in the Keuken Kampioen Divisie, the Netherlands’ second professional football level.


“Curaçao's online gambling sector subverts rule of law”

Investico, an independent platform for investigative journalism, features a detailed article on Curaçao's online gambling sector and its alleged connections to organized crime.


The article claims that, due to corruption and a lack of adequate oversight, Curaçao-licensed gambling operators are regularly used to launder criminal gains.


Frivolous defamation lawsuits are used to silence and intimidate whistleblowers and independent investigators.


Prior to publication, Curaçao-based master-license holder Cyberluck unsuccessfully launched interim injunction proceedings to prevent publication of the article.


Netherlands Gambling Authority warns affiliate websites

The Netherlands Gambling Authority has written to more than 50 affiliate websites active in the country to remind them of the laws regarding the advertising of online gambling.


Text links or banners featured on affiliate websites do not always meet the Dutch advertising requirements, the regulator said. All advertisements should be clearly recognizable as such and should make explicit reference to the operator they are promoting. No adverts should be targeted at minors or young adults under the age of 24.


“Affiliate websites can make an important contribution to better advertising compliance by gambling operators,” the regulator said. “This is why the Netherlands Gambling Authority calls these websites to account to ensure they fulfill their social responsibility.”