Use case: remote gambling in The Netherlands

For safe and reliable age verification, Nederlandse Loterij uses iDIN.

About Nederlandse Loterij

Nederlandse Loterij (Dutch Lottery) was created from the merger between the Dutch State Lottery and Lotto, becoming the largest gaming organization in the Netherlands. To comply with Dutch regulation they implemented iDIN in 2018 for age verification, and expanded with full identification in 2019.

Gambling policy

More than half of all Dutch people take a gamble from time to time with the Dutch Lottery. Dutch Lottery actively pursues a responsible gaming policy, focusing on consumer protection, addiction prevention and the prevention of illegality and crime.

People under 18 often have trouble seeing and resisting risks. The top priority of the Netherlands Gambling Authority (NGA) is therefore to enforce the prevention of young people being able to participate, especially online.

Currently new legislation is being developed by NGA to open the Dutch market for remote gambling. For new organisations similar rules will apply.

Dutch Lottery Retail

Age verification

Willemijn Jansen (Manager Responsible Gaming at Nederlandse Loterij) emphasizes the importance of an age check, because only adults are allowed to play the games of Nederlandse Loterij. "We offer gambling games in a fair and safe way, a reliable age verification of our players is part of that process." That’s why Nederlandse Loterij works with iDIN.  

Nederlandse Loterij shows that a positive user experience, safety and responsible gaming work very well together. By using the iDIN technology, they enable ease and safety as well as taking full responsibility when it comes to age verification (18+).

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Importance of online

Because more and more gamers are also playing online, it became important for the Nederlandse Loterij to extend age verification of it's players online.

"We noticed that more and more gamers are buying their tickets online or using the app. We have made clear agreements with retailers about the sale of our gambling games. But online it was also important to take good measures to prevent minors from playing." says Willemijn.

Mobile verification

Anticipation of new legislation

"It's also an anticipation of new legislation", adds Willemijn. "With the introduction of a new law for online gambling, stricter regulations will be introduced, also in the area of identification and verification. For us, iDIN is a step in the right direction towards opening up the online market. "

What is iDIN?

iDIN is a new service from Dutch banks for authentication and verification. iDIN is similar to the way Dutch consumers use internet banking. For example, someone wants to purchase something in your webshop. With iDIN he logs in with the same login method of his bank to have his data checked, for example his name, address, date of birth, gender and contact details. This way online identification can now be both very reliable and user-friendly. No financial data is shared via iDIN, such as the IBAN number and balance information.

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Convenience and reliability are top priority

"We have opted for this implementation, partly because of the convenience for users. Of course we have an interest in such a tool that does not deter consumers, "says Marlin Kamminga, Product Owner at Nederlandse Loterij. "That's why the Nederlandse Loterij has opted for a reliable method with a recognizable logo."

The iDIN age check is added at the end of the customer journey. Marlin: "We have chosen to introduce iDIN for existing players when paying their betting price, which is the moment they are most motivated to perform this check.”

iDIN age verification

Implementation strategy

Marlin Kamminga has coordinated the implementation of iDIN in the portal of the Nederlandse Loterij: "Before we implemented iDIN, you just created an account and you could play immediately. However, the necessary checks were built in, both when completing the account and afterwards with random checks or when you win a large prize. But a reliable technical age verification as we have now with iDIN, wasn’t there yet."

"If you win a big prize, you have to identify yourself when you come to collect it," explains Willemijn. But the Nederlandse Loterij wants to be sure that all participants are 18+. "Sports betting such as TOTO are popular, also among young people between the ages of 14 and 18, while it is legally forbidden for minors to play" states Willemijn.

Internal and external communication

Everyone who plays, wins money and gets paid, must pass through the iDIN check. "Of course we have informed our existing customers about this", explains Willemijn. "A lot of information about iDIN has been added to our website and a press release has also been sent out."

During the implementation period, Marlin had a lot of contact with the customer service team. "What questions came in via e-mail, chat or phone? It wasn’t very bad I have to admit, and most questions were more of a check, such as: "You use iDIN, what exactly is that?" As far as I understand, there were hardly any complaints, so that says a lot about the ease of use."

Internal alignment

Successful implementation of a new verification technique requires good internal coordination as well as good external communication. Marlin: "We carefully looked at which systems would be affected by the new implementation. It doesn’t only affect our portal and the platform of CM. For example, SalesForce also had to take part in it as well as Intralot, a large party that we work with for our lotteries. This meant we had to make smart decisions in our approach, because if someone can’t log in, the customer service must be able to see whether it’s a bug or a young participant."

To be sure that the implementation would be done carefully, the Nederlandse Loterij has set up a project group which included not only Willemijn and Marlin, but also the customer service team and business analysts. Marlin: "We looked at the impact of systems, for example the choice of whether or not to include the entire database. Questions about possible downtime and release plans were also discussed so that everything would work out fine, and it did. "

Technical implementation

Marlin already had the expectation that iDIN would be implemented fairly quickly: "Because we don’t have any developers in house, we worked with our supplier Q42 for the implementation of iDIN. They paid a lot of attention to the documentation and therefore knew exactly what to take into account for the implementation and integration. "

Expectation and reality

The team consisted of a back-ender, a front-ender, a designer and Marlin herself from her role as product owner. "Q42 documented the full implementation, suppose something changes in the future, we would know exactly what the system looks like. Eventually everything went very smoothly, correct documentation brings you a long way. "

As a developer, Derk-Jan Hartman was the contact person from CM.com for the iDIN integration at the Nederlandse Loterij. He endorses the positive experience of Marlin. "The Nederlandse loterij had a tight schedule for the launch of this new functionality. But through the close cooperation, we’ve made it possible together. Minor problems after the launch of iDIN in the platform were solved quickly through this close cooperation. It also provided more insight into possible optimisations for iDIN, thanks to the analyses of the Nederlandse Loterij. We have been able to release these to the banks and Dutch Payments Association.

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