35 Operators Set to Receive Dutch Online Gambling Licenses
The Dutch gambling regulator, the Kansspelautoriteit (KSA), has confirmed that it is expecting to award roughly 35 licenses when its iGaming regulations come into force later this year.
The regulator has said that it is expecting to receive around 40 applications, many of which will be from international operators, when the Remote Gambling Act comes into effect on April 1. The figures were provided in the KSA’s annual report 2020, together with key requirements for license holders and details of the additional powers that will be given to the regulator to tackle illegal gambling.
The report placed an emphasis on the importance of the parts of the Act that deal with responsible gambling. In particular, all operators will be required to check players against the ‘Cruks’ self-exclusion database and to provide the Control Database (CDB) with their own data captured from games. The KSA must also be able to carry out remote monitoring of game systems.
The CRUKS and CDB systems were developed last year, and they became operational in the early months of this. The systems are now being managed by IT and business consultancy Netcompany following a tender process in 2020.
The gambling levy will also be used to create an Addiction Prevention Fund, with proceeds going towards providing anonymous treatment for gambling addicts, as well as research into prevention and treatment.
The KSA’s report also revealed that it made €8.2 million in gambling taxes in 2020, up 12.3%, as well as €644,000 from fees, which was down 41.5%. The report also mentioned that the KSA granted 43 permits for slots arcades in 2020 and declined 9. There were ten applications that were withdrawn and seven that were approved after making changes.
According to the KSA, there was a decrease in online gambling web traffic in 2020, which it says was due to sports cancellations.