The Kansspelautoriteit (KSA), Denmark’s gambling regulator, revealed that it has recently issued 14 warnings to iGaming operators due to the use of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic in their promotional ads.
Online gambling is illegal in the Netherlands, but Kansspelautoriteit said in March that it has seen an increase in the number of operators targeting consumers in the country with ads based around the pandemic.
So far, according to the regulator, it has recorded 14 cases of operators using terms like “Coronavrij gokken (corona-free gambling) to promote their products to Dutch players.
The KSA has sent out warnings to the operators and instructed them to remove the ads, and in all cases the ads in question were withdrawn. The regulator also said that if the operators did not withdraw the ads, it would have imposed huge fines.
The KSA set a minimum penalty of €250,000 ($290,254) for operators who disobey its orders to remove ads related to the pandemic. The said rules are applicable to ALL iGaming operators, review sites, affiliates, and unlicensed land-based operators active in the Netherlands—all of which already face fines for illegal activity in the country owing to its current laws against online gambling.