The Netherlands’ gambling regulatory authority, the Kansspelautoriteit (KSA), has announced the 10 operators who have been awarded licences to participate in the KOA online gambling regime, which will go live on October 1st.
KOA licences have been given to the domestic trio of state-owned casino operator Holland Casino, ToTo Online, the internet arm of Dutch lottery Nederlandse Loterij, and FPO Netherlands, as expected.
NSUS Limited, the operator of GG Poker, and Sliema-based PlayNorth Limited, the operator of the Rocket Casino and PikaKasino brands, have both got their KOA approval.
Hillside Media, a subsidiary of bet365, and Tombola, a Sunderland-based online bingo operator, have received licences for KOA’s launch.
Meanwhile, LiveScore Group, VirginBet, and BetEnt BV, an Italian operator, will be among the first entrants to the regulated Dutch sports betting market. Bingoal BV, a Belgian bingo operator, rounds up the list.
Yesterday, KSA Chairman René Jansen announced that a number of applicants have withdrawn their KOA applications, citing a lack of compliance with KSA’s “cooling-off” criteria, which must be followed by operators awaiting licences.
KSA had expected to give 29 KOA licences at the start of the window, but its final update revealed that several applicants had failed to ‘match its high bar’ on KOA technicalities and compliance requirements.
By April 2022, KSA will assess and process the next round of KOA licences. During the initial launch phase, however, the regulator declared that its goal had moved to providing the ‘most extensive marketplace surveillance,’ protecting Dutch customers from associating with unlicensed operators regardless of their pending KOA status.