Dutch regulator slaps Malta-licensed operator with cease and desist order

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The Netherlands Gambling Authority (KSA) has imposed a cease and desist order on L.C.S Limited for illegally offering online gambling to Dutch customers.

Should L.C.S. fail to comply with the regulator’s order within two weeks, the company risks being fined €55,000 per week, up to a maximum penalty of €165,000.

The KSA said it established the MGA-licensed operator offered games of chance to Dutch consumers via its Slots-of-sons.com website, despite not being licensed in the Netherlands.

Between March and July of this year, KSA investigators were able to create player accounts, deposit money and play games on the website on two separate occasions, on 8 March and 12 July.

The regulator said no technical measures were in place to prevent Dutch players from accessing the unregulated website and playing games.

Since October 2021, online gambling operators in the Netherlands must possess a licence to legally offer online gambling to Dutch customers.

Since L.C.S is does not have a licence,  the Dutch regulator said it has no control over the fairness of the operator’s games and cannot guarantee whether sufficient attention is being paid to responsible gambling measures.

The KSA reiterated the objective of the regulated market was to create a safe environment for people who want to gamble. This, the KSA highlighted, includes clamping down on illegal providers.

In May 2022, the regulator informed L.C.S about its intention to issue a penalty and gave the company the opportunity to express an opinion. However, L.C.S did not respond.

L.C.S also operates the SvenPlay Casino, Lapilanders Casino, Wallacebet Casino and Nucelonbet Casino brands.

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Sonja Lindenberg

Sonja Lindenberg is an experienced editor and journalist, with a strong focus on business, finance, trade and investment. She holds a degree in business journalism and throughout the past two decades has covered companies and industries in various markets and for different media, including newspapers, news agencies, inflight magazines, country reports and trade publications. Sonja joined iGaming NEXT in June 2022.

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