The Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) has released its ‘2020 Annual Report,’ which details the current rules and regulations that will transform the Dutch online gambling industry as the ‘Remote Gambling Act’ (KOA Act) regime takes effect in 2021.
KSA announced that it has submitted a total of 40 licence applications from international and domestic incumbents seeking to launch online gambling services ahead of the KOA Act’s licencing window opening on Thursday, April 1.
KSA, which regulates KOA’s licencing process, plans to issue 35 online gaming licences over the course of 2021 proceedings.
The regulator will begin processing licence applications on April 1st, ahead of the official opening of the Dutch online gaming industry on October 1st.
Saudi Arabia has repeated its previous notice that it will perform the strictest due diligence on industry entrants, in which the regulatory agency will investigate operators’ standards in terms of corporate conduct, enforcement, and social responsibility obligations.
Top priorities safer gambling and customer rights
Safer gambling and customer rights have been reaffirmed as KSA’s top priorities for the KOA regime’s launch and progress.
KSA Chairman René Jansen said: ”’Ultimately, our work revolves around the interests of the player, of the consumer. A fair market remains an important objective but is above all a means to allow consumers to play safely.”
KSA will conduct a technical review of licenced operators prior to the introduction of online gambling services on October 1st to ensure that their sites are linked to the CRUKS self-exclusion database.
Registered operators must also ensure that their databases are linked to the KSA central database, which tracks all purchases and customer sign-ups.
In addition to the technical criteria, KSA insisted that all KOA applicants register their “Dutch officer,” who will double as the company’s legal agent in the Netherlands.
The three bodies that will run KSA’s gambling risk reduction and addiction support programmes around the world, in collaboration with Dutch national health services, were announced in March.
In preparation for a transformative 2021, KSA has simplified the KOA regime’s mission statement from “play safe in a fair market” to “Play safe.”