Thursday October 25,2012 : ONLINE GAMING COMPANIES COOPERATE WITH DUTCH AUTHORITIES
Companies hoping for a Dutch licence are respecting call to desist targeting Hollanders
The Dutch government, still bogged down by political wrangling on the road to online gambling legalization is nevertheless persisting with its campaign asking online gambling companies to stop targeting Dutch residents…and a significant number of companies have apparently agree to cooperate.
The publication Dutch News.nl reports that over 20 of the 40 online gambling firms approached by the Dutch authorities have cooperated, perhaps hoping it will improve their chances of achieving Dutch licensed status. Companies that have reportedly complied with the request include Bwin.Party, Ladbrokes and Unibet.
Earlier this year the Dutch Supreme Court ordered the online gaming companies to install software which would identify and block Dutch citizens.
The road to a more liberal approach to online gambling by the Dutch government has been long and tortuous since a commission recommended legalization and an opening up of the market back in 2010, and is currently making little obvious progress