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GiH News Roundup: Denmark and the Czech Republic record online growth; gaming brands launch successful World Cup advertising campaigns

GiH News Roundup: Denmark and the Czech Republic record online growth; gaming brands launch successful World Cup advertising campaigns

Denmark’s regulated gambling market revenue grew nearly 9% in the first quarter of 2018, largely on the strength of its online casino licensees. In 2017, the Czech Republic’s regulated online gambling market shot up 56% year-on-year to CZK8.3b, representing slightly more than one-fifth of the overall market. Gambling brands have provided some of the most popular and effective UK advertising[Read More…]

GiH News Roundup: Netherlands Gaming Authority enforces ban on loot box gambling; French government plans privatization of FDJ

GiH News Roundup: Netherlands Gaming Authority enforces ban on loot box gambling; French government plans privatization of FDJ

The Netherlands Gaming Authority has started enforcing its ban on video game loot boxes containing items of monetary value that can be traded outside of the game for financial gain. Due to measures implemented by video game publishers, players of certain games are now no longer able to trade their virtual items. On June 30, Fair Play Casinos will open[Read More…]

GiH News Roundup: Ministry of Justice answers questions on video game loot boxes; Sweden set to vote on gambling reform bill this week

GiH News Roundup: Ministry of Justice answers questions on video game loot boxes; Sweden set to vote on gambling reform bill this week

Only 14 days to go before the 7th annual Gaming in Holland Conference & Expo kicks off in Amsterdam! Register today or check out the event’s agenda here. Minister for legal protection Sander Dekker has answered parliamentary questions tabled by MP Stieneke van der Graaf (CU) on loot boxes in video games. A Swedish parliamentary committee has given its stamp[Read More…]

GiH News Roundup: subdistrict court denies compensation to State Lottery participant; Holland Casino Groningen to reopen in November

GiH News Roundup: subdistrict court denies compensation to State Lottery participant; Holland Casino Groningen to reopen in November

The Dutch State Lottery will not have to repay a punter who felt misled by the operator’s advertising, a subdistrict court in the city of Roermond ruled earlier this week. The player was unable to prove that his participation in the lottery was influenced by the misleading ads, the court said. The Groningen branch of Holland Casino, which was destroyed[Read More…]

GiH News Roundup: Holland Casino reports 5.2% YoY revenue increase, will introduce skill-based gaming; Norway to restrict online gambling

GiH News Roundup: Holland Casino reports 5.2% YoY revenue increase, will introduce skill-based gaming; Norway to restrict online gambling

Holland Casino reported revenues of €639.2m in 2017, a 5.2% increase compared to the previous year. Holland Casino is planning to introduce gambling machines featuring skill-based elements in its Utrecht branch to attract a younger audience. An anonymous Dutch poker player won more than one million dollar in an online poker tournament. A coalition of Norwegian political parties has secured[Read More…]

GiH News Roundup: 4 out of 10 loot boxes violate Dutch Gambling Act; Danish online market accounts for over half of all gambling revenue

GiH News Roundup: 4 out of 10 loot boxes violate Dutch Gambling Act; Danish online market accounts for over half of all gambling revenue

Four out of ten video games containing loot boxes that were investigated by the Netherlands Gaming Authority contravene the Dutch Gambling Act. Game publishers who remain in violation of the Gambling Act after June 20, 2018, may face enforcement action by the Dutch regulator. Denmark’s licensed online gambling operators now account for over half of all market revenue, according to[Read More…]

GiH News Roundup: German court strikes blow against lottery monopoly; GVC expands online bingo presence; SIGMA’17 draws thousands

GiH News Roundup: German court strikes blow against lottery monopoly; GVC expands online bingo presence; SIGMA’17 draws thousands

For the first time, a German court has ruled against the lottery monopolies held by the separate Länder. Because of the large amount of lottery marketing, the monopolies do not serve the permitted goal of limiting addiction; and thus, violate both EU law and the German constitution. Dutch broadcaster RTL aired a news item (starting at 7:20) on the dangers[Read More…]

GiH News Roundup: Netherlands Gaming CEO, MP point to similarities between loot boxes and gambling; construction of HC Venlo has started

GiH News Roundup: Netherlands Gaming CEO, MP point to similarities between loot boxes and gambling; construction of HC Venlo has started

MP Michiel van Nispen (SP) has officially asked the Minister of Public Security to consider whether video game loot boxes should be considered a form of gambling. Netherlands Gaming Authority CEO Marja Appelman said (starting at 8:20) during a televised consumer program that there are important similarities between loot boxes and actual gambling. Loot boxes trigger the brain in ways[Read More…]