KSA Issues Warning to Dutch Operators in Breach of Gaming Rules
Kansspelautoriteit (KSA), the Dutch gambling authority and regulator, has announced it has issued three warnings to gaming operators who breached its rules on advertising during the month of August this year.
KSA issued some changes in regulations in the gaming market relating to gambling advertising, and these changes came into effect on the 1st of July this year. These changes prohibited gambling advertisements in public places.
The regulators have been made aware that some gaming operators still had advertisements placed in bus shelters or on billboards in public places, contravening the new rules.
In the period after the ban came into force, the KSA received several signals. These signals showed that advertisements such as billboards and bus shelters from various providers of online gambling were still visible in public places.
Ban on Public Advertising for Online Gambling
In a detailed breakdown of the gambling ad ban that came into effect on July 1st this year, the KSA outlined the areas included in the new rules. These include all media platforms like television, ra-dio, and newspapers.
Advertising related to online gambling is also prohibited in public spaces and buildings. The KSA has produced a long list of public spaces where advertising is banned, and they include billboards, casinos, slot machine halls, cinemas, and cafes.
Online advertising and certain subscription media platforms like on-demand TV are still allowed by gaming operators. However, the KSA has placed strict conditions on these platforms.
Warnings Rather than Fines
KSA feels it gave due notice to all gaming providers that these regulations were coming into force in July and was quick to point out to gambling companies that they were in breach of the new rules.
The regulator has opted for a light touch in terms of enforcement of its new rules and feels that warnings are the appropriate tool to use in the early days of regulation changes and the quick response from gaming operators who removed the advertisements.
This implies that should the gaming operators continue to breach the new regulations on advertis-ing then KSA will start to hand out heavy fines for continued offences.