Apple Removes Gambling Apps Targeting Dutch Players
The Dutch gambling authority Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) has requested Apple to remove dozens of real money casino apps from the App tore. Apple was quick to respond and removed 55 apps including those from Bwin and Unibet which are now no longer available for Dutch players to download.
The KSA argue that companies like Bwin and Unibet are banned from operating in the Dutch market and therefore should not be permitted to provide apps for smartphones to Dutch players.
The Dutch government is working on legislation that will legalize online gambling apps for companies that have a license to operate in the Netherlands. No changes are expected to the current legislation before 2018 efforts to open up the Dutch state monopoly to the private sector are currently being processed in the upper house of parliament.
Currently the fines for unauthorized online gambling imposed by the KSA are €150k and over six operators have already been fined in the last three years. Despite having imposed fines most of the fines have not been collected as the operators involved indicated their intention for applying for an online Dutch license once the Remote Gaming Bill is finally passed.