The Gaming Authority has fined five parties for more than 26 million euros for illegal online gambling. They allowed players in the Netherlands to participate in online games of chance without the required permit and that is prohibited.
The fines were imposed on Videoslots Limited (9,874,000 euros), N1 Interactive Limited (12,640,000 euros), Betpoint Group Limited (1,787,000 euros), Probe Investments Limited (1,128,000 euros) and Fairload Limited (900,000 euros). . When determining the amount of the fines, the watchdog takes into account the turnover achieved in the Netherlands. After the fines were announced to the providers at the end of December, they asked the court to stop the publication of the decisions. The judge rejected the requests this week.
Two amounts stand out: a fine of more than 12 million euros and a fine of almost 10 million euros. In the case of N1 Interactive, this is a repeated violation for which a fine had already been imposed. In the case of Videoslots, the word mark of the Gaming Authority was incorrectly displayed on the website, while this may only be used by licensed providers. That word mark is an important reference for players to be able to determine whether they are dealing with a legal range of games, says the Ksa.
“We mean business. Player safety is paramount. A fine is to hit where it hurts, so in the wallet. With such amounts, we think we can impose an appropriate sanction, given the illegal earnings,” explains René Jansen, chairman of the Ksa.
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