On June 5th, the Dutch Gaming Authority (Ksa) started with the registration of parties who are interested in an online gaming license. It appears that there’s a lot of interest, since so far 79 parties have indicated that they want to obtain an online gaming license in the Netherlands. They could do this by filling in the form ‘I want to become a Koa licensee’.
How does the licensing process take place?
At the moment, the Ksa is setting up the licensing process within the framework of the Remote Gambling Act. The Dutch Senate adopted this law in February 2019. The law makes online games of chance legal in the Netherlands, although there are strict conditions. Currently, the Ministry of Justice and Security is developing the law further. When this is done, the Ksa will be able to draw up final licensing conditions. Then, when the law formally comes into force, the Ksa will be able to process license applications. It is expected that the law will become reality on July 1st, 2020 and the market for online gambling will open on 1 January 2021.
Number of license applications in the future
It’s important that the granting of licenses take place in a safe and smooth way. To ensure this, the Ksa wants to know how many license applications it can expect in the future. René Jansen, who acts as a chairman of the board of directors of the Ksa, called on market parties to fill in the form on the Ksa website on June 5th. ‘Everyone will benefit from a smooth process. If we know how many applications we can expect, we can set up the organization accordingly. This is in our interest, but also in the interest of the applicants’, were his remarks about the process.