Operators of online gambling establishments were overwhelmed with the recent news from the Netherlands government. The government plans to auction limited licenses for online gambling, which means that the rest who will not be granted or could not afford the license will be forced to shut down their businesses. The auctioning is slated for 2012 this has been confirmed in the reports of the Financieele Dagblad.
The Dutch government is expecting to accumulate over €10 million from the auctioning of the licenses, however, gambling in Netherlands is not yet illegal.
Already opposition is bursting all over Netherlands and the Dutch folks are not particularly happy about it. The STIOGG which is the online gaming foundation for Netherlands expressed concerns about the auctioning of limited licenses. They added further that it would have been better if there were unlimited licenses to promote healthy economic growth.
Online gambling operators will be submitting their petition for unlimited number of licenses to operate in Netherlands. They claim that such act is unfair and very undemocratic, they also reiterated that should there be freedom for online gambling operators to move freely without restraints, tax revenues, when gambling will be regulated will amount in billions of euros per year.
Economic experts on the matter are aloof with the governments decision to auction licenses, it will be inherently imprudent to cut off one potential source for economic growth. The EU’s economic status is at the moment strong with the consolidated aid on each country’s economic supply line. However, the foreseeable future is not as stable as it seems, the United States for example too a dive in their economic recession. Limiting potential economic sources such as online gambling could prove to be a bad move according to experts.
Drafts have been drawn for legislation has been the primary task of the Dutch government as of the moment.
According to the national audit office, the Holland Casino is trying to expand its operations and is going beyond its borders that it might already be monopolizing the gambling industry. They might actually provoke the government to act against certain freedoms that they’re enjoying right now.
The national audit office further identified Holland Casino’s role modeling to the public in general. They said that the casino is more interested in making its pockets bigger and does not care what the consequences might incur. One of the sub goals of the Holland Casino is to be responsible in catering their service to the people, especially to teens and those who potentially could succumb to addiction. The national audit office is concerned that the casino is encouraging its patrons too much on gambling that it should have.
Whether or not the Netherlands government will reconsider their option for auctioning limited licenses have yet to be determined. However, one thing is clear; the gambling operators are not in favor of it. Analysts on the other hand are skeptical about the government’s move toward this venture, the negative impact it will bring on the part of the operators is going to be heavy with disgust. Freedom should not be auctioned, even freedom to gamble is not exempted, and more choices will promote healthy entertainment for the people.
The Netherlands has been a long time gambling friendly country and its practice on democracy gets nearly 100% approval from its people. However, with this unprecedented move is stiffening the gambling industry, some thought that by legalizing gambling the government was ready to accept all forms of it without limiting the number of operators. Just like other business establishments like restaurants, fast food chains, fashion stores, etc. do not get limited licenses, even though there are cases where people are over spending for their clothing alone.
The situation has caught the attention of the international media early on, because gambling is not a strange thing in Netherlands. It would have been acceptable if online gambling industry was just coming out of the shadows, but this kind of gaming has been going on around for years in the back draft. So why censor it now?
The Dutch government has not released any official statement regarding the matter, because the matter is still in its early form.