Dutch Gaming Authority (KSA) chairman Rene Jansen hailed the regulator’s new enforcement policy, saying “legal supply should fend off illegal supply”.
Tougher measures were announced ahead of the launch of the legal iGaming market last October, and according to Jansen, they have largely proven effective in deterring unlicensed operators from offering their services in the Netherlands.
In recent months, 158 unlicensed operators have been investigated by the KSA. From there, the regulator determined that 142 of them had taken action to prevent Dutch players from accessing their sites.
Follow-up investigations and possible sanctions are needed at the remaining 16 sites, with the KSA noting: “A number of these 16 sites were already off the air for the Netherlands following the announcement of a punishable order. penalties.”
Jansen said, “That was exactly the intent of the new law; the legal offer had to repel the illegal offer. With legal providers, the player is assured of fair gaming and special attention to the prevention of gambling addiction.”
The chairman went on to add that the KSA is currently processing 30 license applications after a sharp increase in the last week of March, most likely related to the country’s cooling off period which was due to expire on April 1.
“There were already 16 applications; in the last week of March another 14 were added,” the KSA said.
“This high figure at the end of March is probably linked to the end of the clemency period under the Postema parliamentary motion.”
Jansen also addressed recent concerns over advertising, saying he was “disappointed that the gaming industry has not been able to muster the scrutiny that has been requested.”