KSA receives 28 applications to join Dutch online gambling market

Kansspelautoriteit has revealed that it has received 28 individual operator applications to join Dutch gambling’s new regulated online gambling marketplace.

Due to officially commence from October 1, 2021, the KSA made its announcement providing an update on its licensing window, which was launched on April 1. KSA chairman Rene Jansen emphasised his satisfaction with the provisional number of applications.

“The intention of the law is to channel players from illegal providers to legally reliable providers. With this number of applications, I am confident that there will soon be a sufficiently attractive and varied offer to achieve this objective,” Jansen’s statement read.

All applicants must guarantee that they have fulfilled all of the KOA Act’s pre-market technical requirements with regards to maintaining their customer databases and connecting their remote platforms with the ‘Cruks’ national self-exclusion database.

Final amendments to the KOA Act saw the Dutch policy agencies demand that applicant parties provide a ‘quality assurance document’ verified and approved by an independent auditor.

Furthermore, all KOA applicants must register and disclose their ‘Dutch officer’, who will be the legal representative of the business with regards to their market activities and regulatory disciplines.

“The law modernises Dutch games of chance policy. The legalisation and regulation of online games of chance is the most eye-catching innovation,” KSA detailed in the signing-off of its statement.

“The law also tightens up the requirements in the field of addiction prevention for all high-risk games of chance (online and land-based). Additional and new provisions will also apply in the field of advertising and recruitment.”