The Dutch gaming authority, the Kansspelautoriteit, has become a major part of the European gaming scene. Seen by many as an example of a government leading the way to try and make things safer, the firm has been known to not hold back when it comes to punishments and other such impacts on the people who they work with. One good example of this has come from their recent decision to fine Bwin after they were targeting Dutch customers without full authority to do so.
This has become a major talking point within the industry, as more countries look to ward off their citizens from unsolicited contact with unregulated casino gaming sites. While Bwin might be among the largest companies in the casino sector, they do not have full permission and authority to advertise to the various members of the Dutch casino gaming public.
The fine, rumoured to be around €350,000, will see the company take a step back from the Dutch community. They are not the only company to be fined in recent times, though, with companies such as Casino.com also being hit with a strong fine for their part in advertising when they shouldn’t have been.
With the licensing so strict and tough in The Netherlands, it’s hard to see how this could be overcome. Licensing is strict in the country, and it might mean that many major players are locked out of this lucrative European market due to the high line set for qualifying companies. Bwin, then, are just the latest to feel the consequences of that.