October 10, 2019
The Gaming Authority (Ksa) has imposed fines on two companies in Malta for offering online games of chance to Dutch consumers.
Royal Panda Limited was fined € 400,000, LeoVegas Gaming p.l.c. was fined for 350,000 euros.
Online gambling is currently prohibited.
Research by the Ksa in the second half of 2018 and early 2019, showed that Royal Panda and LeoVegas, despite this prohibition, still focused on the Netherlands with their offer.
For example, the websites of both companies were accessible with a Dutch IP address.
It was also possible on both sites to pay with the Dutch iDEAL payment method. Numerous games of chance were offered on the sites of the companies, including casino games, virtual slot machines and sports betting.
Online gambling is legalized in the Netherlands.
In February this year, the Senate passed the Remote Gambling Act (Koa).
The law is currently being worked out in more detail.
It will soon be possible to obtain a license under strict conditions for offering games of chance via the internet.
Supervision is then possible, allowing players to play protected. The Ksa takes action against illegal providers of games of chance because there is no check on the fairness of the game.
It is also impossible to check whether vulnerable groups, such as minors, are being excluded from participation.