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eSports Betting a No-No in Netherlands

eSports betting in the Netherlands is going to remain illegal for the time being, as the country's gaming regulator Kansspelautoriteit issued a statement clarifying the activity and reiterating its legal status in the country of 17 million people.

The regulator came to the conclusion that eSports tournaments are games of chance, and thus fall under the restrictions in place for gambling. The country is currently working to liberalize the industry more, allowing for online gaming.

The advisory on eSports betting read: "Playing games on the Internet (e-sports) is permitted. Betting on these games is a game of chance. For this, a license is required for anyone to be allowed to offer gambling in the Netherlands."

"At present it is not possible for e-sports betting to apply for a license in the Netherlands. E-sports betting is prohibited in the Netherlands."

It does appear that the country is looking at regulating the activity in the future though, as the regulator is asking punters to provide details on the sites they currently wager on eSports with, whether they know of any underage gambling on eSports, and whether they lost money on the activity.

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27 August 2016 - 9:53am
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It's the never-ending debate, game of skill or chance I don't know it's funny how esports is illegal in Netherlands because it's a game of chance but'its the other way round in US for example when it's legal as far as I know, but sports betting suppose to be the game of chance.
No doubtfully this debate will continue but every free country has the right to decide for itself of course.

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28 August 2016 - 11:41am
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This seems a little odd for me as online gaming isn't prohibited but esport is? What is the big difference?

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28 August 2016 - 9:01pm
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This seems a little odd for me as online gaming isn't prohibited but esport is? What is the big difference?

There is kind of a pretty large difference. Playing the games vs betting on them is like the same difference between playing sports and betting on them.

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28 August 2016 - 11:47pm
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Clearly that interpretation is false as there is no way, for example, that I could just roll up and beat some teenager who has been playing a video game 12 hours a day for months or years and is highly skilled at it. I used to have a friend like that who played Quake all day every day. He was unbeatable except by other highly skilled players so anyone saying that playing video games is a game of chance has no idea what they are talking about. Perhaps the judge should sit down with a top FIFA player or something and see how well he goes against them.

On the other hand, to me it seems that the opportunities for match fixing and other shadiness are nearly limitless. For that reason I wouldn't bet on eSports at all myself but I don't see why others who want to despite knowing that should not be able to.

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Clearly that interpretation is false as there is no way, for example, that I could just roll up and beat some teenager who has been playing a video game 12 hours a day for months or years and is highly skilled at it. I used to have a friend like that who played Quake all day every day. He was unbeatable except by other highly skilled players so anyone saying that playing video games is a game of chance has no idea what they are talking about. Perhaps the judge should sit down with a top FIFA player or something and see how well he goes against them.

On the other hand, to me it seems that the opportunities for match fixing and other shadiness are nearly limitless. For that reason I wouldn't bet on eSports at all myself but I don't see why others who want to despite knowing that should not be able to.

I believe that the problem lies truly in the fact that although some people are very, very passionate about eSports and professional gaming, the match fixing in this topic would be more common than in professional athletic sports. This is because professional athletes usually make much more money than eSport gamers, and the fact that there are countless individuals that are way better than them, and so that might be one of the most reliable ways to make money. Just my two cents.

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CL-Ed wrote:

Clearly that interpretation is false as there is no way, for example, that I could just roll up and beat some teenager who has been playing a video game 12 hours a day for months or years and is highly skilled at it. I used to have a friend like that who played Quake all day every day. He was unbeatable except by other highly skilled players so anyone saying that playing video games is a game of chance has no idea what they are talking about. Perhaps the judge should sit down with a top FIFA player or something and see how well he goes against them.

I think you're right Ed, no doubtfully in eSports skills are required and you could become better if practising, but I think skill ( call it experience is needed in sports betting too)

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On the other hand, to me it seems that the opportunities for match fixing and other shadiness are nearly limitless. For that reason I wouldn't bet on eSports at all myself but I don't see why others who want to despite knowing that should not be able to.

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I believe that the problem lies truly in the fact that although some people are very, very passionate about eSports and professional gaming, the match fixing in this topic would be more common than in professional athletic sports. This is because professional athletes usually make much more money than eSport gamers, and the fact that there are countless individuals that are way better than them, and so that might be one of the most reliable ways to make money. Just my two cents.

Agreed with both above statements, at this stage eSports is much more vulnerable to the illegal match fixing and stuff like that, maybe in future when the players would be a higher paid professionals things would be different.

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On the other hand, to me it seems that the opportunities for match fixing and other shadiness are nearly limitless. For that reason I wouldn't bet on eSports at all myself but I don't see why others who want to despite knowing that should not be able to.

This describes my thoughts perfectly. I don't bet on esports but I also don't see why others shouldn't be able to do that.

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