MKC Limited, a gambling operator, has been fined a hefty €900,000 for illegally providing gambling services to residents in the Netherlands. The punishment was imposed by the Kansspelautoriteit (KSA), the Dutch gambling regulatory authority. The group had previously lost its gambling license in Malta earlier in the year due to violating regulations.
The KSA stated that MKC allowed Dutch residents to play at its unlicensed Betworld247 site, enabling them to create accounts using Dutch address details and participate in online games of chance. The regulator also noted that no measures were taken to prevent Dutch participants from accessing the site, such as implementing an IP blockade. These actions clearly violated the Dutch Betting and Gaming Act (WOK), which requires all operators to have a local license to legally offer gambling services.
Furthermore, the KSA found that the age of participating players at Betworld247 was not properly verified, heightening the severity of the imposed fine. René Jansen, the chairman of the KSA, emphasized the seriousness of the offense, stating that the website’s accessibility to vulnerable, underage players was a significant factor in determining the size of the penalty.
The investigation into MKC began in May 2022, and the group was issued a cease-and-desist letter in August of that year. Despite receiving the opportunity to provide evidence and attend a hearing, MKC did not respond to the KSA. Additionally, the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) had already revoked MKC’s license in July 2023 due to various breaches of gaming regulations and financial obligations.
This is not the first instance of a Maltese gambling operator facing penalties for operating in the Netherlands without proper licensing. Earlier in the month, LCS Limited, also based in Malta, was fined €2.1 million by the KSA for offering gambling services without a license through its Sonofslots igaming site. Despite the legal implications, both MKC Limited and LCS Limited continued to operate in violation of Dutch gambling laws.