Netherlands regulator Kansspelautoriteit issued warnings and fines for COVID-19-related ads

Online gambling remains illegal in the Netherlands and is expected to launch its regulated market in one year, but this didn’t stop the Dutch regulator Kansspelautoriteit to issue 14 warnings to operators that used the Covid-19 pandemic in adverts promoting gambling!

According to the KSA, it has so far recorded 14 cases of operators using terms such as “Coronavrij gokken” (Corona-free gambling) to promote their products to Dutch players.

The KSA issued a warning to the operators demanding them remove the adverts, and in all cases the ads in question were withdrawn. The regulator added that had the operators not dropped the adverts, it would have imposed financial penalties.

The KSA set a minimum penalty of €250,000 for operators that did not comply with its orders to remove adverts related to the pandemic. Notw that the KSA rules apply to all igaming operators, affiliates, review sites and unlicensed land-based active in the Netherlands. KSA chairman René Jansen warned that if an operator was found to have used the pandemic to promote their gambling products, this could harm their chances of securing a licence for when the regulated market opens.

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