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Government delays Dutch market launch date

Dutch gambling regulator the Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) has confirmed that the Netherlands’ regulated online gaming market is now likely to open from 1 July, 2021 – six months after previously stated.

The country’s new Remote Gaming Act was expected to come into force on July 1st, 2020, with the launch of licenced operations planned for January 1st, 2021.

However, the Dutch justice minister, Sander Dekker, has recently informed the Netherlands parliament that the Remote Gaming Act is now expected to come into force on January 1st, 2021, followed by a six-month period to consider licence applications ahead of the market opening on July 1st, 2021.

The KSA has said that the delay has been due to a review of secondary licencing conditions published in July of this year. The new provisions must be factored in before publishing the country’s Remote Gaming Act.

The Justice Minister also said that the Remote Gaming Act will have to steer clear the doubts about the regulatory precedent on how it will enforce IP blocking to unlicensed gambling websites.

The KSA currently expects to award up to 90 licences when the market opens. Earlier this year, the Dutch gambling regulator revealed in an update that there are 183 entities, primarily gambling operators, which have demonstrated an interest in a Dutch gambling licence.

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