October 16, 2023
Kansspelautoriteit (KSA), or the Netherlands Gaming Authority, has levied a penalty against Blue High House SA. This was after the industry regulator completed its investigations that revealed the operator was running unlicensed online gambling in the Dutch market.
The KSA reported that Blue High House was allowing customers in the Netherlands to gamble on its website. However, this website does not have a Dutch iGaming license to provide gaming services in the country.
As a result of this violation, the KSA issued a financial penalty to the mobile casino. This mandate states that the company must exit the regulated European iGaming market or face a €43,000 ($45,332) fine every week, with the maximum penalty being €129,000 ($135,997).
Investigations by the Netherlands Gaming Authority uncovered that the prohibited website attracted many people from the country. A more thorough investigation revealed that the firm operates multiple gambling websites, all illegal in the Netherlands.
This KSA fine is the latest issued by KSA to illegal gambling operators in the country. Recently, the regulator fined LCS Limited €2.07 million ($2.2 million) for the company’s involvement in unlicensed gambling. According to the KSA, both the operator and its domain are unregistered to offer casino games in the Netherlands.
According to a recent study, the total fine in the gambling and betting industry in 2022 reached €388,176,716 ($409,159,587), with the KSA fining operators almost €12.8 million ($13.5 million). This is an increase of 443.9% compared to the €44,753,969 ($48,642,992) in 2021.
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