KSA confirms Responsible Gaming Policy implementation dates

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The Dutch gaming authority, Kansspelautoriteit, has confirmed that most of its new Responsible Gaming Policy will be implemented on June 3, followed by the remainder of the policy in October 2024.

Earlier this month, the KSA announced that its amended policy would be pushed back from May 2024 to June 3, 2024, due to the response period extension it gave to gaming industry stakeholders to comment on the proposed changes, as well as the large number of responses the authority received.

In December last year, the extension was issued to give stakeholders across the gaming sector extra time to provide feedback on the proposed Responsible Gaming Policy changes, including a tightening of the duty of care of online providers for their players.

Providing an update, the authority has now confirmed that there will be two definitive dates for when parts of the policy will come into effect for providers, with most of the amended rules being implemented and published in the Government Gazette on June 3.

However, the KSA has stated that Article 3.1.12, fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh paragraphs, and Article 3.1.13, second paragraph, of the consultation version of the Responsible Gaming Policy Rules – involving analysing and recording playing behaviour and interventions in playing behaviour – will come into effect on October 1, 2024. 

The authority added that articles may change slightly in reaction to the consultation responses, so time is being given to providers to implement any necessary changes in the field of ICT, policy and personnel.

Earlier this year, the KSA presented a new supervisory agenda as part of its ‘Safe Gaming’ mission alongside public objectives to bolster player protection.

Detailed within its 2020-2024 Strategy, the agenda highlighted four areas of possible additional risk in 2024: duty of care/addiction prevention; combat illegal online offerings; support of partners; and compliance with the provision of data.