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Dutch court rejects appeal against iGaming fines

Simbat Entertainment Systems Limited and Spinity Limited have been fined almost €400,000 between them

The Court of the Hague has rejected an appeal against a ruling which saw two companies fined almost €400,000 between them.

The companies, Simbat Entertainment Systems Limited, a games developer is facing a fine of €270,000, while Spinity Limited has been fined €100,000. The fines follow a 2 year old case where the Kansspelautoriteit  (KSA) accused them of breaking Dutch gambling laws in July 2017.

The fine for Simbat was imposed because the company offered games of chance via at least 11 different websites. Spinity acted as a promotional agent for Simbat and was found to be promoting Simbat's gambling games.

“Under current law, it is not possible to obtain a license to offer online games of chance. That means that offering online games of chance is by definition illegal,” said the KSA, in a statement. “Advertising of online games of chance is also not allowed.

“Participants in online gambling are not protected; it is not possible to check the fairness of the game and the exclusion of minors. It is also not possible to check whether gambling addiction is prevented.”

The KSA is in the process of developing the licensing framework for legal online gambling after the Netherlands' Remote Gambling Act passed the country’s Senate in February after years in limbo. So far 79 operators have expressed interest in applying for an online licence ahead of the markets scheduled opening in 2021.

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