Thus far, the Netherlands Gambling Authority (Kansspelautoriteit, “NGA”) has received 28 applications for obtaining a remote gambling licence. These applicants will be eligible to offer online games of chance (remote games of chance) in the Netherlands from 1 October 2021 onwards, provided of course their application was successful.
As we previously reported, the Remote Gambling Act (Wet Kansspelen op afstand) entered into force on 1 April 2021 and interested parties are now able to apply for a Dutch licence under which they can offer remote games of chance. Today, the NGA announced on its website that it has received 28 applications.
René Jansen, chairman of the board of the NGA is satisfied with the provisional number of applications so far and trusts that there will soon be a sufficiently attractive and varied offer to channel players from a provider to legally reliable providers.
Please click here to read the full article of the NGA (only available in Dutch).
The reason why the NGA is publishing this article is most likely so as to quantify the group of applications who submitted their application before 14 April 2021 and, as such, are not (or no longer) required to ‘cool-off’. For operators, who have had an unlicensed (remote) games of chance offer in the Netherlands, it is pivotal that they have ‘cooled-off’ before 1 April 2022 and submitted their application before 1 April 2022. After all, for applications submitted after 31 March 2022, unlicensed (remote) games of chance offerings will be weighed more heavily in the assessment compared to applications submitted before that date. Of course, operators who never had a presence on the Dutch market do not need to ‘cool-off’ and can submit their application at any given time. We therefore expect many more applications to be submitted in the months ahead.
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