While much of the European online casino gaming scene has spoken about getting tough on non-compliance, the Dutch government has done so. Indeed, their regulatory body for online casino gaming, the Kansspelautoriteit, has been pushing large fines on major names within the online casino gaming scene for some time. The latest example of this has come from the six-figure fine that was dolled on down to Unibet.
The fine will see the company face a fine of around €470,000 in total, with a subsidiary of the company fined. Unibet.eu was seen as the site that was investigated, with their servicing of local customers in the latter half of 2018 under particular scrutiny.
This fine has been thrown at the company after a probe into their activity showed that they were servicing Dutch customers from August to December 2018. Customers were using Dutch payment platform iDEAL to process payments. They also offered a Dutch language option for gamers, with a list of restricted nations on their list not including the Netherlands – even though it should have.
Dutch law now means that any company that is operating without a license cannot sell their services to Dutch gamers. The fine was pushed to Trannel International Limited, a Kindred subsidiary of the Unibet.eu site, and will, therefore, look to punish them heavily for breaking the code that the Dutch government has put in place.
After many years of inaction and lethargy about the process, the Dutch government is finally pushing on with its opposition to unregulated online casino gaming.