The Distance Gaming Act will enter into force on April 1, 2021. That is 1 month later than the previously envisaged date of March 1, 2021. The opening of the market will also take place with a month delay; on October 1, the first licensed online casinos may open their virtual doors.
The Minister is now officially notifying the House of Representatives that the Distance Gaming Act (Koa) will be introduced with a one-month delay.
In late December 2020, sources confirmed that this delay would take place. However, those sources thought that the online casinos would possibly still be allowed to go live on September 1, thus reducing the lead time from license application to go-live from 6 months to 5 months.
Minister Dekker for Legal Protection
This is what Minister Dekker for Legal Protection, who is responsible for the gaming policy, stated in a letter to the Lower House. This means that as of April 1, 2021, applications for licenses to offer online games of chance in the Netherlands can be submitted to the Kansspelautoriteit. The market for online games of chance will open 6 months later, October 1, 2021.