The Netherlands Gambling Authority, Kansspelautoriteit (KSA), has ruled that Dutch arcades can no longer run machines focused on ‘games of chance’ in a bid to preserve and protect arcade venues’ family environments.
The KSA compliance was sponsored by the Family Entertainment Centers Nederland (FEC Nederland) of the Netherlands arcade trade body, which wrote to representatives to accept the KSA ‘s system removal action plan.
Following a review of the ‘1964 Games of Act Chance’ which governs machine laws for Dutch arcades, amusements, fairgrounds and holiday parks, the Dutch regulator announced that it has taken its decision.
The KSA claimed in its ruling that the general make-up of venues has changed dramatically, with games of chance machines in ‘entertainment centers’ frequently serving as the first point of contact for underage gambling interactions.
The KSA pointed to its research that showed that ‘games of chance to a greater or lesser degree’ were catered for by most Dutch arcade and entertainment centres.
In addition, the KSA had detailed questions posed by FEC Nederland with respect to the willingness of members to track underage computer interactions through their partner venues.
FEC Nederland claimed in support of the judgement that it would no longer support any form of computer ‘games of chance’ and that foreign suppliers have been made aware of imminent changes to Dutch arcade rules.