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The Dutch Gaming Authority Imposed Fines of 3.5 Million Euros in 2019

December 30, 2019 | Legislative

THE HAGUE (December 27, 2019) — The Dutch Gaming Authority (Ksa) imposed fines of 3.5 million euros in 2019. That is more than double compared to 2018 when the Ksa imposed fines for more than 1.7 million euros.

Ten administrative fines were imposed in connection with the offering of online games of chance to Dutch consumers. The fine parties were Exinvest / 1XCorp (February), Casumo Services (April), Onisac (April), Simbat (June), Spinity (June), Trannel International (August), ElectraWorks (August), TSG Interactive Gaming Europe (September) , Royal Panda (October) and LeoVegas (October).

Criteria

Ksa chairman René Jansen: ‘The online gaming offer is huge. Enforcement choices must be made. In mid-2017, while awaiting the legalization of online gambling, the Ksa tightened the criteria it uses to select online providers for enforcement measures. These criteria are all aimed at protecting Dutch consumers against illegal online offers. Parties that use the Dutch language, Dutch symbols and Dutch payment methods, for example, will have to deal with the Ksa. There are several reasons for doubling the fine. For example, the basic fine has been increased , a recidivist has been included and more large providers have been fined than before. ‘

Terms

Fines were not always paid in the past. Jansen: ‘We cannot yet say whether the fines imposed in 2019 will all be paid, because there are still time limits. We do see, however, that more and more people do pay. That is, we think, because the Remote Games of Chance Act has been adopted by the Senate. Probably from 1 January 2021 online gambling licenses can be applied for. If a fine has not been paid, we consider a party to be unreliable. And by definition, non-reliable means no license. ” Fines that are paid flow into the state treasury.

Conditions

The Remote Gambling Act, which not only legalizes online gambling but also tightens up the requirements for addiction prevention, sets strict conditions for an online license. René Jansen: ‘The law is aimed at creating a safe range of games of chance in a controlled environment. Someone who wants to gamble via the internet must be able to do so safely. He must be assured of a fair game and be assured that much attention is paid to the prevention of addiction. That is only possible in a well-regulated market, in which strict action is taken against illegal supply. “

2020

The Ksa will also continue to fight online gambling in 2020. Jansen: ‘We will continue to do so as long as online offerings are illegal. Earlier this month we announced that we will be adding age verification as a criterion from January 1, 2020 . Illegal providers of online gambling who do not visibly verify the age of participants before the registration process is completed, will be dealt with as a priority with the Ksa. Preventing minors from taking part in gambling is an important priority of the Ksa. “

Revoking permits

In addition, the Ksa withdrew 41 operating licenses for slot machines in 2019, for example as a result of the non-payment of gambling fees or an interim test in the context of reliability. Sometimes an operating license is withdrawn at its own request, for example in the event of business termination.

About the Ksa

The Ksa is the regulator on the market for gambling. Her motto is to play safely in a fair market. The objectives are the protection of consumers, the prevention of gambling addiction and the prevention of illegality and crime. It has administrative enforcement instruments at its disposal (administrative fine, order subject to periodic penalty payments and order subject to administrative enforcement). With the administrative fine, a fine is imposed for breaking the law. Expenses subject to periodic penalty payments and administrative enforcement are aimed at enforcing the termination of a violation. For the order subject to a penalty, the penalty is collected if it appears that the violation has not ended within a certain period.

Also see: Sanction decisions.

SOURCE: De Kansspelautoriteit.

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