KSA investigating affiliates targeting vulnerable players
The Dutch Kansspelautoriteit has recently started investigating a number of iGaming affiliates which are illegally targeting vulnerable players who have opted into its Cruks self-exclusion program.
The regulator stated that a number of casino affiliate websites that are targeting mainly self-excluded players that have registered through its Cruks system have caught its attention. The Kansspelautoriteit found that these businesses were marketing illegal gambling websites, a majority of which were also targeted towards vulnerable people.
Furthermore, the websites being marketed by the affiliates frequently used domains that included the “zonder cruks” and “zonder vergunning” phrases, which translate to “without Cruks” and “without license” respectively. This was obviously done to attract vulnerable users who had previously blacklisted themselves from gambling with KSA’s Cruks system.
KSA’s main point of concern was the focus on problem gamblers, as they stated that this was an additional reason to start the investigation, in addition to the promotion of illegal gambling sites. The regulator has previously shown that it takes these violations seriously, which will result in the offending websites getting banned from the country, or in some cases receiving cease and desist letters from the KSA.