Apple rival Google avoided scrutiny from regulators after deciding not to make mobile betting apps available to Android users through its Google Play platform.
As well as Apple’s infringement, there have been other instances of operators allowing unauthorized online gaming activity in the Netherlands.
At least six operators have received fines from the KSA over the past three years, including UK companies XKL Limited and Total E Soft Limited, who were fined a combined €180,000 for offering Dutch consumers access to a variety of online gaming sites.
The examples highlight that the country’s outdated regulations have failed to keep up with the trend of sports bettors moving away from computers to instead wager on an iPhone, Samsung Galaxy or other mobile device.
The Dutch government’s hand has in many respects been forced, with the country now looking to update its laws to avoid similar scenarios in future.
New legislation that will hand companies online licenses for mobile betting services has been tabled, but delays have thus far prevented it passing through the upper house of parliament.
Mobile betting apps are expected to be legalized in the Netherlands by 2018.