Since the legislation was passed to allow the licensing of casinos in the Netherlands, a good number of operators have submitted applications with many of them already being approved and granted licenses. UK-based Tombola and Netherlands-based Holland Casino have both been awarded licenses by the Kansspelautoriteit amongst several others. Despite being a new license in the industry (available since 2021), the Dutch online casino license is already proving to be popular; with casino providers wanting to legally service the population of the European country which enjoys a growing and progressive market for online gambling casinos.
Both local and overseas casinos can obtain a license from the Netherlands Gaming Authority, with overseas casinos based in countries such as the United Kingdom already being licensed. A Dutch gaming license is necessary for online casinos wishing to demonstrate to local players that they meet the highest safety standards and are reputable businesses. The long-term impact of the Dutch license system on the online gambling industry in the country is yet to be seen, with legislation only coming into full effect in 2021, but the number of licenses already issued and applications pending demonstrates a popular demand for the license at an early stage.
Many requirements are needed in order to qualify for a license from the Netherlands Gaming Authority. Having taken the better part of 10 years for legislation to be introduced, there can be no doubt that the licensing requirements are thorough. Responsible gambling must be promoted by casinos seeking this licence, including the promotion of responsible gambling toward existing users of the site. Online casinos are also required to send a strong message about the dangers of a high-rise gambling product, warning players to exercise caution and ensure they're playing in a responsible manner.
Keeping Players Safe
One of the most significant factors in gaining a license from the Dutch Kansspelautoriteit is safety. Due to this, getting a license from the authority requires stringent safety measures being in place and strict compliance with relevant regulations surrounding advertising that the authority enforces. Responsible advertising is a must, with adverts prohibited from being targeted toward minors. Role models and cartoon-like images are also restricted by the legislation. To gain a license, online casinos must follow these rules and others to ensure players are kept safe from irresponsible gambling. Additionally, customers' details must be kept secure using industry protections to prevent prohibited access. As an EU member state, online casinos operating in the Netherlands must also ensure they are compliant with EU GDPR regulations.