Dutch gaming regulator Kansspelautoriteit has imposed two fines totalling nearly € 100,000 due to the unlicensed activity of gaming machines.
The two fines in question are just over € 86,000 and € 11,000 respectively, with the KSA re-emphasising that “the betting and gaming act states that a game of chance may only be offered if a permit has been granted for it”.
With regard to the first fine of approximately € 86,000, the fee was levied on Schinveld BV for running 45 slot machines without a licence at a Schinveld municipality entertainment centre.
It was detailed in a media release that without the required licence, the firm had taken over the operation of the slot machines. During a second visit by the authority’s investigators, the situation had not improved.
The devices in question were subsequently sold to another party holding an operating licence, leading to a fine of € 86,000.
A second fine was also levied in the region of € 11,000, which was also imposed by the KSA for the service of gaming machines, in four cafés in Amsterdam and the surrounding area, without a licence.
The gaming authority’s work highlighted the fact that the person involved continued to operate after withdrawing the requisite licence.
Towards the end of 2019, Kansspelautoriteit chairman René Jansen helped shed further light into the Remote Gaming Act, explaining the licencing process, as well as advertisement and age verification protocols.
Talking at a gaming conference in Holland in Amsterdam, it was re-emphasized that the Act will be adopted as it stands on 1 January 2021 rather than our original target date of 1 July 2020.
Online gambling operating licences can be applied for as soon as the new legislation comes into force, with the Netherlands market set to open six months later.