Bwin.Party CEO Summoned by Belgian Police
During the Responsible Gaming Day conference held in Brussels this week, Norbert Teufelberger, the co-CEO of bwin.party and EGBA Chairman, was asked to attend an interview with the Belgium police.
While it is not yet known why the interview was requested, it is thought to be related to bwin.party’s continued availability in Belgium without having a license to operate in the country.
Belgium began issuing online gaming licenses at the beginning of this year and many well-known operators, such as PokerStars, have been issued with one.
However, bwin.party has been operating without a license. The domain bwin.com was put on the Belgian blacklist last May this means that ISPs in Belgium block access to the site and consumers face a fine if they play there. As a result of the blacklisting bwin.party started using www2.bwin.com, this was blacklisted in July.
bwin.party have brought a lawsuit against the Gaming Commission, it is claiming that the conditions for receiving a license are in breach with EU law and the Belgian constitution.
Online operators are required to partner with a land casino in the country. However, the Belgian Court of First Instance dismissed the case.
Last July bwin.party was fined €75k by the Belgian Correctional Court for breaking Belgian law.