On 9 July 2020, the Netherlands Gambling Authority (Kansspelautoriteit, “NGA”) published its Market Vision games of chance (Marktvisie kansspelen: marktordening en markttoezicht vanuit de publieke belangen. The abolition of state-run gambling monopolies and the classification of fantasy sports are among the topics discussed. Interested parties are able to submit a response to the NGA regarding the published Market vision games of chance
Most strikingly, the NGA sees more room in the future for new providers offering attractive games of chance. As such, the NGA finds it obvious that the current state-run gambling monopolies must be abolished eventually. More specifically, the state-run gambling monopolies regarding lotteries, scratch card games, sports betting, and casino games.
Furthermore, the NGA states that – in terms of the Remote Gambling Act (Wet kansspelen op afstand) and the forthcoming remote gambling licensing regime – it has not yet decided whether fantasy sports are to be considered a game of chance or a game of skill.
Please note that the Market Vision is open to public consultation. The consultation period will run until 10 September 2020. Interested parties are able to submit a response in writing, which must be sent to email@example.com with ‘Consultatie Marktvisie’ as subject line.
Once the NGA publishes the final version of the Market Vision, it will use this document for its annual supervisory agenda (a document in which the NGA describes how it will fulfil its objectives), as well as for any additional analysis in modernising Dutch regulations.
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