KSA Extends Deadline For Player Safety Consultation

Dutch regulator De Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) extended the deadline until 13 November at 6 pm CET for consultation on its rules on player safety.

Initially, the consultation was scheduled to run until 9 November, the date on which stakeholders were able to respond to proposals such as a ban on timed incentives and a requirement for operators to carry out risk assessments of all their games.

However, following a proposal from ‘a number of parties’ to send a reply to the consultation after that date, the regulator decided to push back the deadline.

As secondary legislation to the Remote Gambling Act, which would allow online gambling in the Netherlands, the rules in the consultation will become law.

The risk analysis that would be needed in the sense of the consultation would suggest that operators could clearly define the risk factors for the game on the basis of scientific analysis. Details such as jackpot sizes, return-to-player rates and uncertainty, as well as the visual nature of the game and its accessibility level, must be included in the study.

The ban on time-limited incentives will mean that operators should not give bonuses that can only be redeemed within a certain time, including bonuses marketed as “only for today” or “for quick decision-makers,” as well as bonuses for “happy hour.”

In addition, operators will face a range of other marketing constraints and marketing messages from gambling do not “suggest financial benefit, increase social acceptance or happiness.” Beyond “the neutral statement that a licence holder has a permit under the law,” Licensees may also not use their licence status as an advertisement instrument.

Dutch Minister of Legal Protection Sander Dekker replied to parliamentary concerns in related news that the country’s gaming legislation would lead to a backlash against operators and ultimately a need for tighter regulation.

Dekker said he was optimistic that the regulations, especially those in the consultation, would be adequate to avoid this retaliation, but added that in three years there would be a legislative review and, if necessary, the regulations should be changed before that.

The Dutch Remote Gambling Act is expected to enter into force on 1 March 2021, with a commercial launch to take place on 1 September.

It was initially expected to come into effect on 1 July 2020, but was postponed twice: first in November 2019 and then in September 2020.