Kansspelautoriteit (KSA), the Netherlands gambling regulator, has released a market notice claiming that ‘COVID-19 gambling ads’ would not be accepted.
The KSA said it took 14 direct steps during national lockdown against unlicensed online operators advertising ‘Corona-Free Gambling Messages.’
KSA Chairman René Jansen said the regulatory agency would ‘apply the heaviest penalties’ to delinquent operators, marking their unlawful marketing activities as ‘completely objectionable behaviour.’
While the Dutch government prepares to open its initial licencing window on 1 January 2021, the KSA released its notice, screening online gambling incumbents seeking to enter the controlled Netherlands online gambling marketplace from 1 July 2021 according to the Remote Gambling Act laws.
Jansen reiterated the KSA’s prior notice to the applicants that the operators’ past conduct and actions would be a key condition under which the governing body approves the operators.
The final approval of the Remote Gambling Act was transmitted to the European Commission (EU) in July, which would review the law in accordance with European-wide industry practises and fair market competition regulations.
The final act submitted to the EC included last-minute changes drafted by Dutch Legal Security Minister Sander Dekker, who put new restrictions on the use of historical databases and additional executive management obligations in the form of technical requirements related to the ignore of software and customer safety.