Dutch regulator issues 14 warnings over Covid-19 adverts

| By Robert Fletcher
Dutch regulator Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) has revealed that it issued 14 warnings to igaming operators over the use of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic in adverts to promote their gambling products.

Online gambling remains illegal in the Netherlands, but the regulator in March said it had seen an increase in the number of operators targeting consumers in the country with advertising based around the pandemic.

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The KSA issued a warning to the operators demanding them remove the adverts, and in all cases the ads in question were withdrawn.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.

In March, the KSA set a minimum penalty of €250,000 (£227,615/$290,254) for operators that did not comply with its orders to remove adverts related to the pandemic.

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