KSA orders Gammix to exit market or pay €1.4m weekly fines

| By Zak Thomas-Akoo
Dutch gaming regulator Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) has imposed a cease and desist order on Malta-based operator Gammix for illegally offering games to Dutch customers.
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The decision was made to impose the order as Gammix does not have a licence to operate in the Netherlands, and had violated the country’s Gambling Act as a result.

On 1 March and 8 March 2022, the KSA investigated two of Gammix’s websites – rantcasino.com and nordslot.com – to see whether it was possible to place a bet from the Netherlands.

The investigation found that it was possible to make a deposit, create a player account and participate with games offered by the operator.

This was confirmed after the KSA created a player account from a Dutch IP on both websites, which involved supplying a full name, date of birth, address details and nationality.

This was rechecked on 24 May.

The regulator also found that between 16 May and 11 June, there were 24,911 visits from the Netherlands on nordslot.com, with an average visit duration of around 5 minutes.

In contrast, rantcasino.com had 31,328 visits from the Netherlands.

The KSA also deposited money for play and examined each game offered in detail.

The operator now faces fines of up to €1.4m (£1.1m/$1.4m) per week, with a maximum penalty of €4.5m if it does not stop offering these games to players in the Netherlands within two weeks of the regulator’s decision.

Earlier today the Dutch government announced that it would ban all “untargeted” advertisements, which will mean a complete ban on all broadcast advertisements from 1 January 2023.

Also today, Unibet went live in the country after a nine-month absence, due to the regulator’s rules on gaining a licence in the Netherlands.

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