The Dutch Gaming Authority (Ksa) has so far received 28 applications for a license to offer online gambling in the Netherlands. On April 1, 2021, the Distance Gaming Act (Koa), the law that legalizes online gambling under strict conditions, entered into force. The Koa Act is a supplement to, and amendment of, the Gaming Act. The aim of the law is to better protect the player. The law modernizes the Dutch gambling policy. The legalization and regulation of online gambling is the most striking innovation. Furthermore, the law tightens the requirements in the field of addiction prevention for all risky games of chance.
Legal Gambling from 1 october 2021
The market for online gambling will open on October 1, 2021. Companies that meet all the conditions will receive a license. Among other things, it is assessed whether an applicant has sufficient policy to prevent gambling addiction, is a healthy company that handles player deposits in a responsible manner.
A license application will only be considered if the 49,000 Euro fee has been paid – this is the case for the 28 applications. A provider who succeeds in obtaining a license will be able to offer games of chance via several websites.