The Dutch gambling regulator, Kansspelautoriteit, has continued its recent spree of awarding online gaming licences, with Belgium-based digital gambling entity 711 the latest to gain the regulatory green-light.
It is not yet known which domain will be operated by this latest licensee, which is based in Jabbeke in the Belgian province of West Flanders and forms part of the same group as online casino brand carousel.be.
This latest development has seen approval awarded to go live with igaming across the Netherlands, on a five year licence that is valid from March 16, 2022 to March 15, 2027.
This eighteenth licensee follows last week’s issuance to Betca, which is to proceed under the circus.nl domain, and Novamedia Gaming.
The official launch of the Dutch online gambling environment, on October 1, 2021, saw the Ksa grant an initial ten licenses, which brought green-lights for the Toto Online brand of Nederlandse Loterij; Dutch arcade group FPO Netherlands; Holland Casino; and NSUS Malta, which counts GGPoker as part of its stable.
Further entrants include Estonia’s Play North, operator of the Rocket Casino and Pikakasino brands, bingo operator Tombola, bet365; Belgian brand Bingoal, Italy’s Betent; and LiveScore Malta.
Subsequent nods of approval have been offered to Casino de Spa; JVH gaming and entertainment’s Joi Gaming, Joi I and Joi II, and ZEbetting & Gaming Netherlands.
Alongside its latest licence issuance, the regulator has also confirmed that since commencing with its Central Register of Exclusion of Gaming on the aforementioned date in October, more than 10,000 people have banned themselves from participating in games of chance of online providers, slot machine arcades and Holland Casino for at least six months.
Last week, Raad Van State, The Netherlands’ State Council, overruled a Ksa penalty of EA Games, which judged that loot boxes offered by its FIFA football game could be classified as games of chance.
FIFA Games had appealed a previous judgement sanctioned by a Hague Commercial Court that had sided with KSA’s original verdict that these loot boxes breached the country’s gambling laws.