After becoming one of the European nations with the strictest online gambling regulations, the Dutch Government’ Kansspelautoreiteit have decided to continue to be stringent and tough on online casino operators. The latest move from the government to help further regulate and push back on the industry has seen CyberRock Entertainment NV and Honeydew Trading Limited to be hit with a whopping €350,000 fine.
That fine was given out after they were trying to target Dutch customers despite not having the authority to enter the Dutch market. The two companies are related, with Honeydew being based in Nicosia, Cyprus, and is part of the wider Curacao-based CyberRock group. Indeed, CyberRock has seen a large portion of its groups being blacklisted or issued with clear warnings, with many complaints about poor response to customer complaints and also ‘predatory’ behavior.
Apparently, the company was targeting Dutch gamers through their Play2Win and Supreme Play casino platforms, despite not having access to the Dutch market. At the moment, the use of a remote gambling service is illegal under Dutch rulings. However, CyberRock and Honeydew are not the first companies to feel the wrath of the Dutch government.
They also pushed through a complaint against Malta-based Betsson and MRG, a parent company of the popular Mr Green site. This seen fines of €300,000 and €312,000 respectively placed with the companies.
The Dutch, then, are really pushing back on the fact that some companies are trying to circumvent their clearly placed market rules.