Dutch Gaming Auth. Acts Over 14 ‘Corona-Free Gambling’ Warnings

Dutch Gaming Authority Kansspelautoriteit has taken regulatory action fourteen times against firms promoting illicit games of chance online with words like ‘corona-free gambling.’

The Ksa has announced in all cases that it intends to impose an order subject to periodic penalty payments, which is an order to halt a certain action. When this does not occur within a given time, a penalty may be levied. Illegal trading was immediately halted in all cases.

The KSA warned earlier this year that operators’ commercials, such as those called ‘corona-free gambling,’ would be seen as a penalty enhancing situation.

It followed the regulator blasting unlicensed operators in an effort to “take advantage of the fact that arcades and gaming casinos have had to close their doors due to the coronavirus”.

Slamming those seeking to encourage the use of their service in the midst of the outbreak of COVID-19, the authority stated that the global pandemic could hinder their services and accessibility.

The Ksa stated that delays could occur in processing licence applications to operate slot machines or organise a lottery, as well as in applying for a slot machine trademark or model licence.

In addition, it was said that an additional warning to providers and marketers who said they were “trying to take advantage of the current situation” was a required move because it saw that illegal providers, both online and physical, were trying to “entice customers with terms such as ‘corona-free gambling’ and variants.”

Reiterating that it is illegal to give the option of gambling online in the Netherlands, increases in fines from the normal starting level of €200,000 would level to at least € 50,000 for the aforementioned ads, but this may rise further.

This has been said that the ability to enforce a heightened penalty depends on the type and sum of the suggestions, with illicit suppliers of physical games of chance also being heavier penalised if they advertise their bid with references to the current situation. The same applies to advertisers, such as sponsors and blogs for analysis.