The Dutch Gaming Authority Announces A Two-Year Cool-Off Period To iGaming Operators

15 Jul 2019


A new draft rule is passed by the Dutch Gaming Authority, commonly known as KSA, which will affect igaming operators. In this rule, for a group to be eligible to obtain a licence to offer online gaming activities, it must not have offered the same services to consumers from the country at least for the last two years.

Dutch Gaming Authority: Online Gambling Is Still Prohibited in the Netherlands. The Netherlands is gearing up to be a new market by 2021. Until then, online gambling is illegal. Despite this, there are many gambling operators that accept Dutch players. This is the issue of debate—should they be granted a licence or not, considering that they violated the law?

The Dutch Gaming Authority (KSA) has filed a draft rule ending this argument. In the proposed rule, these groups will need to go through a two-year cool-off time. This rule is a consequence of a motion filed by Senator Andre Postema.

The motion was passed along with the Remote Gambling Act, a legislation that will legalize online betting in the country. When the legislation was passed, part of it was a 5-year cool-off period, which was rejected upon review.

Before passing the Remote Gambling Act, the Minister for Justice and Security, Sander Dekker, said that illegal betting operators will continue to offer casino services and that they should be avoided. In the policy, the Dutch Gaming Authority proposes that a company must go through six tests. These tests will determine if the company applying for a license has ever attempted to offer its casino services to Netherlands consumers.

These tests include:

  • validation of the use of .NL extension on the domains
  • if the company used images targeting the Netherlands
  • the use of the Dutch language on the gambling site
  • the use of currency or payment methods mainly used by the Dutch people (like iDeal)
  • if the operator advertised in any media to the Dutch market.

The Dutch Gaming Authority is now creating a licensing process, and the government is working on drafting laws that will be applied to subordinate regions. The process is expected to commence on July 1, 2020.

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