The Netherlands – Highest fine by KSA

Today, the Dutch Gambling Authority (Kansspelautoriteit or “KSA”) announced it has imposed a fine of EUR 470,000 on Trannel International Limited This is the highest fine ever imposed to a single entity by the KSA up until now. The KSA decided that the operator offers online gambling targeted at the Dutch market through its .eu website. The offering included inter alia online casino games and sports betting. In its decision, the KSA stated that the operator violated the rules at least in the second half of 2018. More in particular, the following circumstances were taken into account by the KSA (some of …

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Key takeaways from Hesse’s informational meeting on sports betting licenses in Germany

On 13 August 2019 the competent gambling licensing authority of Hesse, the Darmstadt Regional Council, held an informational meeting on the upcoming 2020 sports betting licensing procedure in Germany. This was an opportunity for stakeholders in the sports betting industry in Germany to discuss questions about the recently published minimum licensing requirements directly with the authority. DLA Piper attended this meeting and here are our key takeaways:

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Getting The Deal Through – Gaming: Gambling regulation in Germany (2019)

Dr. Michael Stulz-Herrnstadt and Christoph Engelmann have published the chapter on gambling regulation in Germany in the second edition of Gaming in the Getting The Deal Through series. This chapter provides an overview of the laws and regulations that apply to gaming companies in Germany. Topics include: licensed and unlicensed gambling, licensing requirements for land-based and remote gambling, advertising restrictions and current developments affecting gaming operators. You may download the complete chapter here. This article originally appeared on our MSE Passle.

The Netherlands – KSA imposes another fine

Today, the Dutch Gambling Authority (Kansspelautoriteit or “KSA”) announced it has imposed a fine of EUR 350,000 on a Gibraltarian operator. The KSA decided that the operator offers online gambling targeted at the Dutch market through its .com website. In its decision, the KSA stated that the operator violated the rules in 2018 and 2019. More in particular, the following circumstances were taken into account by the KSA (some of which are included in the KSA’s prioritization criteria as listed here): the website com was accessible from a Dutch IP-address (i.e. no geo-blocking); it was possible to perform payments through …

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The Netherlands: Draft Ministerial regulation published for public consultation

Yesterday, 24 July 2019, the Minister for Legal Protection published his draft ministerial regulation remote gambling (“RRG”) for public consultation. The RRG concerns the implementation of the Remote Gambling Act and the Remote Gambling Decree. Feedback and comments can be provided until 18 September 2019.   Background Where the Remote Gambling Act is a formal (framework) law, the Remote Gambling Decree is a General Administrative Order (Algemene Maatregel van Bestuur or AMvB) containing material subject matters (which is currently being prepared by the Ministry). The Remote Gambling Act delegates details to be included in secondary legislation (the Remote Gambling Decree) and …

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Spain: No more betting on events participated by minors

The protection of minors has always been one of the main concerns of the Spanish online gambling regulator (the “Dirección General de Ordenación del Juego” or “DGOJ“). In this respect, the DGOJ has just approved a resolution prohibiting the possibility to offer bets on games participated – mainly or exclusively – by minors. This resolution – which has been published on the Spanish Official Gazette and enters into force today (July 23, 2019)- has been approved after giving interested parties the possibility to file comments to the draft resolution published on June this year.

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The Netherlands: KSA shuts down advertising on 23 affiliate marketing websites

The KSA announced today that it investigated 44 Affiliate marketing websites. Out of these 44 websites, the KSA found advertising for online gambling on 26 websites. 20 websites removed advertising for online gambling after notification by the KSA, three websites only did so after the KSA threatened to impose penalties on them and three other websites are still under investigation. Earlier actions in 2016 and 2017 led to 17 websites ceasing their online gambling advertising. Sharif Ibrahim and Richard van Schaik

The Netherlands: Minster provides update on reform Dutch lottery market

On 5 July 2019, the Dutch Minister for Legal Protection issued a letter to the Dutch House of Representatives, elaborating on the future reform of the Dutch lottery market. In this letter, it was re-confirmed that the Dutch government wishes to modernize the Dutch lottery market. The Minister announced that the government wants to limit the risks associated with gambling, such not by means of limiting the amount of operators, but by means of setting rules and by supervision over compliance. Also, the  Minister expressed again that the government does not see organizing lotteries as a key government activity. Current …

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The Netherlands: New fines for providing remote gambling services and the promotion thereof

On 24 June, The Netherlands Gambling Authority (Kansspelautoriteit or “KSA“) announced that it imposed fines of EUR 270,000 on Simbat Entertainment Systems Limited for providing remote gambling services (online gambling/games of chance) via at least eleven different websites, targeted at Dutch players. The KSA considered Spinity Limited as the promotional agent of Simbat and the KSA has also imposed a fine of EUR 100,000 on Spinity for promoting (advertising) Simbat’s remote gambling services. The KSA took the official decision to impose these fines already in July 2017; both parties appealed this decision (and the publication thereof) at the administrative division …

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Prize Promotions Around the World: Launch of New Edition

The fourth edition of DLA Piper’s popular Prize Promotions Around the World online guide is now available.  The guide has been fully updated and also includes four new jurisdictions, to bring the total coverage to 39 jurisdictions. Prize promotions (including promotional sweepstakes and skill competitions) remain a hugely popular marketing tool used globally by organisations to engage with customers. The internet and social media platforms make this an attractive, cost efficient means of reaching a large, multi-jurisdictional customer base; but it is not without its legal challenges. This guide is designed to equip DLA Piper’s clients with a useful tool …

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The Netherlands: Update Remote Gambling Act

Last week, at the Gaming in Holland conference, chairman René Janssen of the Dutch Gambling Authority (Kansspelautoriteit or “KSA“) and Dennis van Breemen of the Ministry of Justice and Safety (Ministerie van Justitie en Veiligheid) provided new updates regarding the Dutch Remote Gambling Act (Wet online kansspelen op afstand, “RGA“). the envisaged timelines for the full implementation of the RGA; the status of the secondary legislation in relation to the RGA; the (additional) criteria which future licensees have to fulfill; and the updated form “I want a remote gambling licence“.   We provide you with a brief overview of those …

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