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René Jansen is new chairman of The Netherlands Gambling Authority

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René Jansen is new chairman of The Netherlands Gambling Authority
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The Dutch gambling regulator, the Netherlands Gambling Authority (KSA), has appointed René Jansen as its new chairman. The move is  significant, as there are imminent crucial discussions between the government and agency over new gambling regulatory measures in the country.

Jansen was a member of the executive board of the Dutch Healthcare Authority. He will assume duties in the new role on October 1.

Jansen had worked in the former Dutch Competition Authority, and also at the Ministries of Economic Affairs and Social Affairs & Employment.

Jansen will replace Jan Suyver, whose departure was confirmed earlier this year, while Marja Appelman also announced her exit as chief executive of the KSA in July.

Last month, KSA board member Joop Pot told iGamingBusiness.com the regulator, which recently rebranded from the Netherlands Gaming Authority, was to shift from a structure of three part-time board members and one director to two full-time board members and no director.

To this end, in addition to Jansen, the KSA has named Bernadette van Buchem as its vice-chairman, effective October 15.

Van Buchem is currently director of consumers at the Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets, and previously held various roles at ABD Interim, the group of interim managers of the Dutch government.

The KSA said in a statement: “The Gaming Authority sees Jansen and van Buchem as the right people to continue the course taken by the KSA and to lead the organisation through the planned modernisation of the gaming policy.”

The double appointment comes at a time when two pieces of legislation hang in the balance in the Netherlands.

The Senate is yet to approve the Remote Gaming Bill, which would make online games of chance legal in the country. The Modernisation Casino Regime Bill, which focuses on the privatisation of Holland Casino, also awaits approval.

In June, Dutch Minister for Legal Protection, Sander Dekker, proposed a revised framework for licensed operators in the Netherlands, focusing on enhancing consumer protection measures.

The letter to legislators revitalised a bill that had been lying dormant for nearly two years following approval by the parliament’s lower house.

Last month, Pot said that a meeting of the Committee of Justice and Security on September 13 would provide a platform for the first formal parliamentary reaction to Dekker’s letter.

 

Source: igamingbusiness.com

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ZEAL Network Reports Good Start to 2021

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German online lottery products provider ZEAL Network SE has reported a good start to 2021, with the company increasing its revenue, profitability and achieving a strong gross margin.

In the first quarter of 2021, billings rose by 17% to EUR 163.31 million (2020: EUR 140.0 million), of which the Germany segment accounted for almost the entire amount at EUR 163.3 million (2020: EUR 139.7 million). Revenue increased by as much as 19% to EUR 22.6 million (2020: EUR 19.0 million), of which EUR 21.1 million was attributable to the Germany segment (2020: EUR 17.0 million). At 12.7%, the gross margin in the Germany segment was above the prior-year level (2020: 12.1%).

During the fiscal period, the Company gained 156 thousand new registered customers in the Germany segment (2020: 206 thousand). Adjusted EBITDA rose to EUR 4.6 million (2020: EUR 2.8 million) – there were no non-recurring expenses or income. The Germany segment accounted for EUR 4.1 million of this amount (2020: EUR 1.9 million). EBIT and net profit of EUR 2.4 million and EUR 2.5 million, respectively, were also well above the prior-year figures (2020: EUR 0.0 million and EUR 0.1 million, respectively).

“We are pleased that, following the LOTTO24 takeover, the business model change and the organisational adjustments, we will again be able to publish truly comparable figures in the current and previous reporting periods with the first quarter of 2021. In addition, we already demonstrated in the past year that we are capable of exploiting market opportunities, adapting to dynamic environments and continuously fine-tuning our business model. We are consistently continuing along this path,” Jonas Mattsson, CFO of ZEAL Network SE, said.

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Dutch Lottery Board Appoints Alexander Pechtold as Chairman

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The Dutch Lottery’s supervisory board has appointed retired politician Alexander Pechtold as chairman. He replaces the outgoing chairman of the board, Jan Loorbach, whose tenure has come to an end.

Pechtold is currently general director of The Netherland’s central bureau for driving licences. Before retiring from politics, he had a long career in the Democrats 66 (D66) party, including a 12-year tenure as a parliamentary leader from 2006 to 2018.

“It is an honour to be able to contribute to the future of the largest socially oriented, pre-Dutch gaming organisation. The Netherlands Lottery has proven its position in the lottery market. With just as much energy and confidence, the Netherlands Lottery will also become active in the online gambling market with a responsible offer,” Pechtold said.

“The board and the entire management of the Dutch Lottery are happy with the arrival of Alexander Pechtold. He is introduced to a healthy and future-oriented organisation, and we look forward to continuing to build on our position in the gaming market with the supervisory board,” Niels Onkenhout, CEO of Dutch Lottery, said.

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CT Gaming Interactive Content Live on New Casino Brands via BlueOcean

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Online gaming content and solutions provider CT Gaming Interactive has taken its content live with new casino brands through the BlueOcean platform.

The launch on new sites continues the expansion of the company’s reach. The players’ favourite games will be available to the platform’s operating partners horuscasino.com, fortunepanda.com, hazcasino.com and vegazcasino.com. Among the titles which have gone live with the new brands are Lucky Clover, 40 Treasures, Bombay Gems, Dancing Dragons, Darkwoods, Pot o’ Luck, Ramesses the Great and Wizard Blizzard.

“We are delighted to be partners with a platform as forward-thinking as BlueOcean and I am certain our games will be excellently perceived by its operating partners’ players,” Milena Tsankarska, Business Development Manager at CT Gaming Interactive, said.

“We are definitely satisfied with how our partnership with CT Gaming is growing as we already managed to successfully distribute their games to a nice number of online casino operators and we are positive that with time we will be able to expand the collaboration even more,” Dejan Jović, CEO of BlueOcean Gaming, said.

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