The Dutch gambling regulator, Kansspelautoriteit, has launched a fresh crackdown on gambling affiliate websites to restrict online gambling operators from offering their services to the locals.
Kansspelautoriteit confirmed that in their latest campaign they have reviewed 44 affiliate websites. The gambling watchdog also revealed that the websites were examined by third parties.
Of the 44 websites that were examined, 26 were found to be targeting Dutch customers by offering them to register with an online gambling operator.
Following the overhaul of the gambling regulations in the country, websites which are not licensed to operate in the Netherlands are not allowed to target Dutch customers and so are their affiliate partners.
However, overseas gambling operators have been making their way into the market and offering gambling products to local customers.
The KSA also confirmed that of the 26 identified to be targeting Dutch customers, 20 ceased advertising gambling products on the territory of the Netherlands immediately, while three stopped doing so only after they were warned by Kansspelautoriteit that they could be imposed heavy penalties. The remaining three websites are still being investigated.
In a recent update, the Dutch gambling operator said that there are over 183 companies which have demonstrated an interest in a Dutch gambling license.
Earlier this month, the Dutch gambling regulator, Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) published its guidelines for the prevention of money laundering and financing of terrorism in the gambling industry in the Netherlands.