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Dutch online gambling market will launch in 2021

Rene Jansen, the chairman of the Dutch gambling regulator, Kansspelautoriteit (KSA), has suggested that a new country’s regulated online gambling market will launch in January 2021.

Jansen has told attendees at the local iGaming conference that KSA is targeting July 1, 2020, for the country’s new Remote Gambling Act to come into force. After many years of waiting it has got the necessary approval from the Dutch Senate in February.

Only after the Act will be official KSA can start a process of licensing requests and handing out permissions for gambling business. Jansen suggested that the vetting process will delay the actual launch of Dutch-licensed online gambling operators until January 1, 2021.

” Netherlands still has work to do before the Act can truly come into force. It is important for the KSA to know how many licence applications we can expect in the future. This information will allow us to organise the licensing process properly. A smooth process is not only in our own interest but also in the interest of the companies that are going to apply for a licence,” said KSA chairman.

Jansen has invited operators to register their interest on the official website before June 21, hoping to avoid being hit by an avalanche of applications. This was the case in Sweden when Spelinspektionen (Swedish Gambling Authority) expected 60 applications after putting together plans to liberalize its online market, only to receive twice that amount, leaving its staff struggling to meet their January 1, 2019 launch target.

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