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The Netherlands – KSA launches invite for online gaming applications

By - 7 April 2021

Dutch gaming regulator Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) has now launched its igaming licensing process.

It said: “The Remote Games of Chance Act and associated secondary legislation and policy rules has come into effect [on April 1]. This means that applications for a license to offer online games of chance can be submitted to us. The digital portal is open. The Koa Act regulates more than just legalizing and regulating online games of chance. As a result of the law, additional requirements will also apply to country-specific providers of risky games of chance in the field of addiction prevention.
“Furthermore, the Koa Act introduces new requirements for advertising and recruitment. From April 1, these will apply to all providers of games of chance, including the less risky ones, such as lotteries.”

“With the entry into force of the Koa Act, it is possible to offer online games of chance in the Netherlands. To do so, a license from the Gaming Authority is required. The online gambling market will open on October 1.”

In order to actually operate a license from 1 October 2021, a provider must submit an application in the prescribed manner before 15 April. By July 1 it must have submitted the reports on game system inspections and the release advice for Cruks . A description of the game system must be submitted no later than April 15.

KOA said: “Applicants who submit their license application in a timely and complete manner and who meet the assessment criteria will receive a license simultaneously. In this way we ensure that licensed providers can start simultaneously. This promotes a fair and level playing field. We aim to issue the first permits by 30 September at the latest.”

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