KSA Unveil ‘Licenced Trademark’

The Netherlands’ gambling regulatory body, the Kansspelautoriteit (KSA), has unveiled its ‘licenced trademark,’ which operators must show through their digital portfolios as a requirement of the ‘Remote Gambling Act’ (KOA Act).

Rescheduled timeline

Currently, the KSA is sticking to its rescheduled timeline for implementing the KOA Act regime, with the licencing window for Dutch online gaming opening on April 1st.

On their website and mobile app download sites, authorised KOA operators must view the ‘Vergunninghouder Kansspelautoriteit’ (‘Licensed by Kansspelautoriteit’) trademark.

KSA licencing website

Consumers in the Netherlands must be able to click on the trademark and be forwarded to the KSA licencing website, which informs them of the KOA’s full licencing terms.

Following last-minute directives from Sander Dekker, Netherlands’ Legal Protections Minister, who determined that KOA technical requirements needed to be amended, KSA delayed the implementation of the KOA licencing regime by one month in January.

Additional technical requirements

The KOA regime was revised after further Kamer (Dutch House of Representatives) discussions to provide additional technical requirements that operators must report to KSA when applying for individual licences.

Following further reforms, KSA mandated that all online gaming operators adhere to the IMF’s money laundering and anti-terrorist funding rules.

The Netherlands’ regulated online gaming marketplace will formally open on October 1, 2021, if no further delays are approved by KSA or the Kamer.