Dutch Gaming Authority gets broom by online gambling advertising

The Dutch Gaming Authority is once again sharpening its approach to advertising on the Internet for gambling without a license. In the past period the authority has tackled dozens of advertisers. The Gaming Authority not only tackles providers of illegal remote games of chance, but also gambling promoters, such as internet providers, payment service providers, gambling software providers and app shops

The Dutch Gaming Authority is once again sharpening its approach to advertising on the Internet for gambling without a license. In the past period the authority has tackled dozens of advertisers.

The Gaming Authority not only tackles providers of illegal remote games of chance, but also gambling promoters, such as internet providers, payment service providers, gambling software providers and app shops.

Advertising is only permitted for games of chance from providers that are licensed by the Gaming Authority. There are very few of them, since the new law on gambling has not yet been adopted. Earlier, the Gaming Authority already signed a covenant with advertisers and media partners to combat advertising for gambling sites.

The Gaming Authority has recently investigated 1455 received reports. These related to 857 domain names of website holders. Of these reports, 689 were about advertising.

The regulator took 17 mostly Dutch-language websites in which advertising was made for fined parties and sent thirteen information claims.

The claims showed that several advertisers had registered several domain names. In one case, it even involved 259 domain names. In another case, the company in question appeared to have 120 websites ending in .info, .biz, .com or .net in its name.

In three cases, the claim for the website owner was the reason to stop the advertisement completely and in one case no longer provide information on the website. In four cases, the advertisement for the sanctioned parties appeared to have been removed.

For a certain website, the Gaming Authority had to issue a definitive order under penalty. This led to an adjustment of the offer: the website concerned is no longer available. However, other websites of the same provider are still online.

The Gaming Authority continues the approach of these websites. The Gaming Authority will also continue to repeat actions like this in the coming period.

The Gaming Authority, incidentally, looks forward to the further treatment by the Senate of the Bill on Remote Gambling (KOA). This bill wants to allow games of chance online under strict conditions that have a license.