Ksa continues crackdown on illegal operations via MKC order

The Kansspelautoriteit has continued its fight against the illegal provision of online games of chance to players within the country after imposing a cease and desist order on MKC Limited.

However, if the firm does not adhere to the order, the Dutch regulator noted that the company will have to pay a penalty of €28,000 per week or part of the week. The penalty can amount to a maximum of almost €84,000.

MKC is Malta Gaming Authority licensed firm, that lists Birkirkara address, which holds a B2C – gaming service certification that indexes the Betworld247 igaming and online sports betting entity as an approved URL.

Since October 1, 2021, online games of chance in the Netherlands have been legalised under strict conditions with a key objective of creating a safe digital gambling ecosystem.

“Research by the Ksa showed, among other things, that MKC Limited offers online games of chance to Dutch consumers via at least one website,” the Ksa noted upon disclosure of the regulatory update. 

“A Dutch consumer can create a player account, make a deposit and participate in games of chance. No technical measures have been taken to exclude Dutch consumers from participating. MKC Limited is not licensed for this.”

Earlier in the week, the Dutch gaming authority issued a cease and desist order to LCS Limited after it was discovered that the operator group was illegally offering online games of chance within the Netherlands.

Should the MGA licensed firm not adhere to the order, the Dutch regulator noted that a penalty of €55,000 per week, or part of the week, could be issued. This could amount to a maximum of almost €165,000.