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Kansspelautoriteit Introduces Age Verification Rule

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Netherlands gambling regulator Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) has added age verification as a priority criterion in the approach to online gambling. With effect from January 1, 2020, age verification will be a must for online gambling operators.

“The range of illegal online games of chance is huge. KSA makes choices in combating this, with the protection of Dutch consumers as the guiding principle. The criteria of age verification is now added to the criteria that the KSA uses for this. Preventing minors from taking part in gambling is an important priority of the KSA,” the regulator said.

Failure to verify age before the registration process has been completed also has consequences in the longer term. This violation is negatively taken into account at a later stage if an online gambling license is applied for in the context of the Remote Gambling Act.

“The statement by the participant to be of age is not enough. It must be clear to players how their age is being verified. KSA emphasises that offering games of chance without a license is prohibited. Satisfying the age verification requirement does not mean that the KSA will refrain from enforcement, or that a future permit application will be considered positive,” KSA added.

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UKGC Suspends Operating Licence of Addison Global

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The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has suspended the operating licence of Addison Global.

“We have decided to commence a review because we suspect that Addison Global has breached a condition of the licence and is unsuitable to carry on the licensed activities. We consider it appropriate to suspend the licence with immediate effect pending the conclusion of the review,” UKGC said in a statement.

The licence suspension makes it illegal for Addison Global to offer gambling services via its moplay.co.uk website in Britain but does not prevent the operator from returning any outstanding balances to customers.

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MGA Cancels B2C Gaming Service Licence of Dorobet

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The Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) has cancelled the B2C gaming service licence of Dorobet.

The MGA ruled that Dorobet breached regulation 9 (1) of the Gaming Compliance and Enforcement Regulations, specifically paragraphs B, C and L.

Paragraph B references failure to comply with an order issued by the MGA, paragraph C relates to a licensee not adhering to regulatory obligations or other applicable laws in Malta and Paragraph L refers to when a licensee has not paid a fee to the MGA.

The MGA also ordered Dorobet to allow players to access their accounts in order to make withdrawals, as well as refund any monies owed to customers. Dorobet may be permitted to launch an appeal against the ruling.

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Betwinner and Bet24Hrs Secure Nigerian Sports Betting Licences

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Betwinner and Bet24Hrs have secured sports betting licences form the National Lottery Regulatory Commission of Nigeria (NLRC).

Upon receiving the licence, Bet24Hrs managing director Roy Jiang thanked the Commission for its help throughout the process and pledged to contribute to the process and growth of Nigeria’s regulated gambling industry.

Olatunji Idowu, managing director of Betwinner, said that the operator was dedicated to being a trusted partner of the regulator. He said he was encouraged with the Commission’s ongoing efforts to clean up the industry and ensure all stakeholders supported good causes.

Lanre Gbajabiamila, director of NLRC, called on all operators currently serving Nigerian customers without a licence to apply for certification, warning those that failed to do so would “face the full wrath of the law.”

He also warned that licensees who failed to comply with regulations were liable to have the approval to operate revoked.

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