June 5, 2023 2 min read


KSA Fines €400K Bingoal for Advertising Messages ‘Aimed at’ Young Adults

Bingoal believes that the principle of legal certainty is violated in the wording of the regulation under which it is sanctioned

The gaming regulator in the Netherlands, the Kansspelautoriteit (KSA), slapped Bingoal with a €400,000 ($428,000) fine for targeting young adults with advertising messages.

Targeting Young Adults

The hefty financial sanction dished out to Bingoal is the fifth slapped by the KSA on gambling operators under the same investigation for violations of the regulations prohibiting games of chance advertising to be aimed at young people.

The KSA investigation concluded that Bingoal breached the underlying regulations of the Betting and Gaming Act, namely Article 2, Paragraph 4, preamble and (a) of the Decree on Recruitment, Advertising and Addiction Prevention of Games of Chance by sending advertising messages to users aged between 18 and 24 between October 12, 2021, and March 15, 2022.

Young adults (18-24) are considered a vulnerable group due to the extreme susceptibility of the human brain at this age to develop a gambling addiction and to protect them from these risks the law prohibits operators from targeting that age group with direct advertising messages.

In its defense, Bingoal did not deny sending the advertising messages during the aforementioned period, arguing that the messages were not specifically aimed at young adults but were rather general advertising messages directed at players, claiming that just because these messages happened to reach young adults does not constitute a violation of the Article 2, Paragraph 4, (a) of the advertising and addiction prevention decree.

Bingoal focused on the part of the legal standard containing the words “aiming at,” arguing that there are several ways of interpreting this one of which is that it pertains to the content of the advertisement and not to its scope, and is therefore putting the standard in conflict with the legal certainty (lex certa) principle.

Bingoal concluded that its advertisements were not targeted at young adults and that it has not violated Article 4a, Paragraph 2 of the Betting and Gaming Act and Article 2, Paragraph 4, preamble and (a) of the advertising and addiction prevention decree.

Operator’s Second Transgression

The financial sanction imposed on Bingoal is the second for the gambling operator since the start of 2022, following the €350,000 ($375,000) it received from the Dutch gaming regulator in February when the KSA found the operator in breach of the regulation related to the national gambling self-exclusion register, Cruks.

Another recently punished operator by the Dutch gambling regulator was Merkur Casino Almere which was fined €45,000 last month for multiple occasions of letting a Cruks-registered customer enter the casino premises and gamble.

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