KSA to fine lottery operators up to €1m
Recently, the Kansspelautoriteit has announced that it will be fining two lottery firms for offering unauthorized games.
The two companies in question are the VriendenLoterij and Postcode Loterij, both of which have been hit with a penalty for offering games that are out of the scope of their licenses. The Kansspelautoriteit will be imposing a fine of 250 thousand euros per week if the operators continue offering the unauthorized titles, with the maximum fine reaching a million euros.
The regulator stated that both of the companies offer a selection of lottery-related online games which it has recently deemed to be high-risk games of chance, for which the two companies would need separate licenses in addition to their lottery certifications.
The two lottery operators have published a joint statement, as part of which they have announced their intentions of appealing the regulator’s decision, stating that the games they offer are for entertainment only and cannot award players any prizes on their own. The two organizations added that in the meantime, the games in question will be unavailable for players starting on the 8th of June.
About a month ago, the regulator overhauled its self-exclusion initiative, Cruks, making it simpler to use for Dutch gamblers by launching an updated website, which you can read more about here.