Dutch Gov Confirms Delay To Gambling Market Launch

The Kansspelautoriteit, the Netherlands gaming authority, confirmed a six-month delay to the pending legalisation of the online gambling market in the country.

The Dutch Justice Minister, Sander Dekker, informed the Dutch Parliament of the delay with the Remote Gambling Act (Koa) set to come into force on 1 January 2020, six months later than previously planned.

Problem of a news update reported by the Dutch regulatory authority noted: “As soon as the Koa Act comes into force, applications for an online gambling license can be submitted to the gaming authority. The plan is that six months later the games of chance market for online games of chance can be opened.”

The KSA has said the delay has to do with a study of secondary licencing criteria released in July of this year, which must be carried out before the act is officially approved.

Dekker further emphasised the need for further analysis of secondary regulations, with particular focus on the criteria for IP blocking and age verification. The minister indicated that the Koa would need to specify how it would control unlicensed gambling websites with such blocking.

In addition, support was given for tightening controls on age verification criteria, carrying out registration checks on all incumbents and proposing that systems follow the same standards as Nederlandse Loterij, a state-owned company.

Detailing more perspectives on consumer protection, it was pointed out that Dutch lawmakers are correct not to impose a’ blanket ban’ on ads–a matter previously called for by a number of ministers.

Emphasising that “members of the senate have voiced their concerns about the future advertising policies. I take their concerns seriously,” research has demonstrated that banning or severely limiting ads might have a negative impact on the ability to funnel punters to approved entities.

Dekker also recommends that the KSA and its associated media counterparts monitor Dutch licenced entities immediately after the law comes into force immediately after the law.