KSA fines two firms for operating illegally
The Kansspelautoriteit’s latest enforcement action involved two gambling companies and a total of 7.7 million euros in fines.
The first operator that was issued a fine by the Kannspelautoriteit was MKC Ltd, which received a penalty of 900 thousand euros for offering gambling experiences illegally. The regulator stated that despite not having an appropriate gambling license, the company’s Betworld247 brand accepted players from the Netherlands. The KSA’s investigation found that the website did not feature any measures to block players from the country, even when a Dutch address was used upon the creation of a new account. The Kansspelautoriteit added that the firm failed to carry out any age verification as well.
The regulator’s second penalty, on the other hand, involved GoldWin Ltd, which received a fine of almost 6.8 million euros for accepting Dutch players through its WestCasino brand without having a license. The Kansspelautoriteit’s investigation found that similarly to MKC, GoldWin had not implemented any measures to block players from the Netherlands, while also not featuring any age verification requirements.
The regulator mentioned that it initially warned GoldWin to stop offering its services in the country back in January, which the company did not comply with. This led to the Kansspelautoriteit issuing a cease and desist order in April, which included a penalty if the operator continued violating the country’s gambling laws.