The Dutch Gaming Authority or Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) has revealed which operators are to be licensed for online gambling.
Ten companies will be allowed to start their activities in the legal online gambling market in the Netherlands from October 1, 2021, including two government-backed companies; TOTO Online, owned by the Nederlandse Loterij, and the state-run Holland Casino.
They will also be joined by the Dutch group Janshen-Hahnraths, operating under its brand FPO Nederland, Betent, the Belgian company Bingoal Nederland, Hillside, LiveScore Malta, NSUS Malta, Play North and Tombola, the largest UK provider of bingo games in line. .
However, there are several notable absences from this list, mainly the JVH, Novamedia, and ZETurf games.
The news came as no surprise to most as it followed an announcement by the chairman of the regulator, René Jansen, during an appearance on the news show Nieuwsuur on September 27.
While discussing the expansion of the country’s online gaming space, he revealed that ten license applications have been granted, with their owners to be revealed later in the week.
Out of 30 applications, these ten are so far the only ones to have been approved, with the remaining two-thirds being rejected for failing to meet the regulator’s strict requirements.
By law, companies offering online gambling services must monitor player behavior and take action to prevent gambling problems.
“There are high requirements placed on a license, including in the area of addiction prevention and consumer protection, and KSA tests are rigorously,” commented the president.
However, Jansen has plans to add more licensees in the near term, providing a prospective date of July 2022 earlier this week for which he expects a more complete picture of online gambling in the Netherlands.