The year 2021 is a special year for the Netherlands in the field of online gambling. The law on “Distance Gaming” will finally enter into force. This law will finally give the gambling policy in the Netherlands a legal framework. As of April 1, 2021, providers can apply for a license to offer remote games of chance via a digital portal of the Kansspelautoriteit.
The Chancellor’s Office will grant licenses for so-called high-risk online games of chance: casino games and betting.
Minister Sander Dekker, politician and Minister for Legal Protection is responsible for gambling policy. He informed the Lower House in a letter that more time is needed to fully develop the policy.
License applications for online games of chance in the Netherlands can be submitted as of April 1, 2021. The market itself will only open 6 months later on October 1, 2021.
Those who want to apply for a license on the Dutch market do not have to offer all the necessary documents at once, this can be done in stages. If an application is made before April 15, 2021, it should not yet include summary reports on the components of the gaming system. The Games of Chance Authority must be in possession of these reports by 1 July 2021 at the latest. In that case they expect that it is still possible (in the event of a positive decision) to grant a license that can take effect on October 1, 2021.
The law states that an applicant for an online gaming license must have its gaming system inspected, to determine that the gaming system complies with the regulations.