2021 Gaming in Holland Conference: Pre-Conference networking drinks + new speaker!
With infection rates falling swiftly, a national vaccination campaign picking up ever more steam, and the Dutch government continuing to relax the country's Covid-19 restrictions, we feel comfortable announcing the Gaming in Holland Pre-Conference Networking Drinks on September 27, 18:00-21:00.
This GiH pre-conference networking event is sponsored by Interxion and has been scheduled to take place the night before the 2021 Gaming in Holland Conference main program on September 28 in Amsterdam.
We are also happy to announce a new speaker. Sigrid van Aken, CEO of Novamedia/Postcode Lotteries, will join decision makers Erwin van Lambaart, CEO of Holland Casino, Niels Onkenhout, CEO Nederlandse Loterij, and Eric Olders, CEO JVH Gaming, in our speaker lineup.
René Jansen, Chair of the Netherlands Gambling Authority, has agreed to deliver the conference's keynote speech.
Registration for the 2021 Gaming in Holland Conference is now open: https://bit.ly/3vJHiPU
iGB Live! and iGB Affiliate events to benefit from coronavirus entry pass system
Due to the positive developments in the Netherlands, iGB Live! and iGB Affiliate, which will take place September 28 – October 1, at the RAI Amsterdam (concurrently with the 2021 GiH Conference) can return to normal with no social distancing, no face covering requirements, and no limits on attendance beyond the normal capacity.
A government-developed coronavirus entry pass system, which demonstrates if a visitor has either tested negatively, been fully vaccinated against, or has recovered from Covid-19, will be employed to keep attendees safe.
Naomi Barton, Portfolio Director responsible for iGB Live! said: “Developments in the Netherlands are extremely positive and will be welcomed by everyone who is planning to participate in iGB Live! and the iGB Affiliate Summit later in the autumn. A sentiment survey carried out in May showed that more than 70% of our customers were planning to travel to Amsterdam. I’m certain that number will now rise on hearing this latest news.”
To register for iGB Live! and iGB Affiliate Amsterdam, visit: www.igblive.com.
Dutch pro football clubs launch plans to develop league, separate from national association
In a development that could have a major impact on future betting sponsorships, a large majority of Dutch professional football clubs have joined forces to launch the “NL League,” a five-division pro league (men's Eredivisie and Keuken Kampioen Divisie, women's Eredivisie, and two eSports divisions) that is largely separate from the Netherlands’ national football association, KNVB.
However, a major complicating factor is that two of the Netherlands’ largest football sides, AFC Ajax and FC Feyenoord, are not yet fully on board, casting doubt on the intended launch date of 2025.
Malta greylisted by financial crimes watchdog
Malta has been put on a grey list by the world's money laundering and terrorist financing watchdog (FATF), in a move which could seriously damage the island's economy.
The FATF presented Malta with an action plan to remedy the shortcomings in the country's regime to counter money laundering, terrorist financing, and proliferation financing, which the Maltese government has promised to implement.
Already, several (Swedish) gaming companies have experienced a sharp decline in share prices, thought to be related to Malta's greylisting.
The following events may be of interest to the GiH community.
The third edition of CasinoBeats Summit will return to Malta from 14 – 15 July, 2021, as part of Summer iGaming Week organized in partnership with KPMG and Gaming Malta.
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.
Webinar report | Publicly listed operators and the German and Dutch online gambling markets
With the re-regulated German and Dutch online gambling markets to open soon, several publicly listed online gambling operators have already announced their interest in entering these markets.
During yesterday's webinar “Publicly listed operators and the German and Dutch online gambling markets” market analysts Scott Longley (Clear Concise Media) and Gavin Kelleher (Goodbody Stockbrokers) discussed what these operators have been saying, which operators are well poised to take advantage of these opportunities, and the relative importance of these markets.
The full webinar has been recorded and is now available here: https://bit.ly/3h35TeD
During the webinar, our speakers addressed the following questions:
1. 2:35: What are the main regulatory burdens that operators in the future-licensed German and Dutch markets must contend with?
2. 6:32: How are publicly listed operators and affiliates approaching the regulated German and Dutch markets?
3. 9:29: How do investors view the relative importance and future profitability of the regulated German and Dutch markets?
4. 13:24: What are the structural factors that determine whether an operator is well positioned to benefit from market re-regulation? Which operators meet these conditions?
5. 18:18: How would you rate the long-term viability of the regulated German and Dutch markets?
6. 22:58: Audience Q&A
More information about the financial workings of the global betting and gaming sectors is available through the Earnings+More newsletter.
Holland Casino's new venue in the city of Venlo will open tomorrow for the first time.
Game developer Stakelogic has expanded its product range into live casino with the launch of a suite of titles including blackjack, roulette, and a variety of gameshows.
Scientific Games has revealed it is in talks to divest its lottery and sports betting businesses from the main group as part of a wider focus on becoming a content-led digital business.
Spanish market online gambling revenue (GGR) rose by 10.2% year-on-year for Q1 2021 to €240.08m, according to the latest figures from the country’s gambling regulator (DGOJ).