Kansspelautoriteit has launched its vision for the Dutch gaming market under the heading ‘Market vision for games of chance: market organisation and market supervision from the public interest.’
In the report, the Dutch gambling authority presented how the organisation and supervision of the market can be optimised by means of instruments such as licencing, regulation and information.
Based on the analysis and in line with the modernization agenda that began in 2011, Ksa has seen further room for attractive gambling offered by new providers in the future.
The report also points out that regulation of different gambling sectors remains necessary to protect consumers, prevent gambling addiction and combat crime and illegality.
In addition, it was noted that there is currently no political support for the casino market with an indefinite number of providers. However, due to the increase in online gambling providers, it can be reconsidered, but in conjunction with the organisation of the market and the tightening of the rules for slot machines.
There are currently two ‘special cases’ for slot machines. The first is a dexterity machine that has an influence on the course of the game, where there is a possibility of an extended playing time or a free game. The second is a ‘fair machine’ that does not pay out money, but other forms of prizes such as coupons or goods in kind with a value of up to 40 times the effort.
The report also highlighted the potential issue of gambling among young children and adults and the lack of equal attention on the part of policy makers compared to gambling. It predicts: “It is reasonable to see future regulations of games with gambling elements so much possibly focus on the underlying risks.
“In addition, it serves consumers’ distinction between games of skill and games of chance must always be clear. In front of it is underage youth, young adults and other vulnerable groups, a starting point that should never come into contact with games addictive gambling elements such as loot boxes.”
In the Netherlands, gambling is regulated under the Games of Chance Act and the associated lower regulations. The original gambling policy was characterised by restrictions, with the aim of having a limited number of providers with one provider per type of gambling.
In 2017 , following the evaluation of the Gaming Authority, it was recommended that the Ksa develop a market vision with the aim of being as effective as possible in its supervision.