Kansspelautoriteit to provide 35 licences for online gambling
The Netherlands’ national gambling regulator, Kansspelautoriteit (KSA), has revealed that it will be providing approximately 35 licences across the country for online gambling once its new rules and regulations are applied.
The regulator has stated that it is expecting to obtain about 40 applications for online gaming licences, with most of these coming from operators based outside of The Netherlands. These applications will begin rolling in once the Remote Gambling Act comes into effect, which is expected to be on April the 1st.
KSA had already mentioned this in its 2020 annual report, as well as some main requirements for licence holders and the KSA’s ability to target illegal gambling in the country. That report also reiterated how important it is for all operators to follow the rules presented by the Remote Gambling Act in regards to preventing addiction and the safety of players.
The most relevant factors in the report state that operators need to check the players against the ‘Cruks’ self-exclusion database, and offer the CDB with data directly from the games in order for the authority to monitor and keep an eye on game systems.
Aside from that, there will be an extension of the gambling levy utilized in order to organize a fund for addiction prevention, and all proceeds from said fund will be used for the treatment of those affected by gambling addiction anonymously, as well as providing more research opportunities for gambling addiction.
Moreover, the Kansspelautoriteit also mentioned that it had amassed €8.2 million in gambling taxes throughout the entire year of 2020, which is a 12.3% increase with €644,000 from fees, which has decreased by 41.5%. An additional 10 applications were also omitted, and seven were approved once some modifications had been made.
The KSA said that there had been a decrease in the levels of traffic from online gambling last year, which was mainly caused by the postponement and cancellation of most sports events due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Remote Gambling Act was first meant to come into effect in July of 2020, however it has had to be postponed three times.