Launch of the regulated online gambling market in the Netherlands has been delayed. The Dutch government has confirmed that the online gambling market would not be launched until 1 June 2021. Earlier it was scheduled to be launched in January 2021.
Dutch Justice Minister Sander Dekker confirmed the 6-month delay to the Kamer (Parliament) following which the Netherlands gambling regulatory authority Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) served the information to the stakeholders.
According to the country’s gambling regulator, the delay has been due to a review of secondary licensing 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.
Earlier in the year, the Dutch gambling regulator revealed in an update that there are over 183 entities, primarily gambling operators, which have demonstrated an interest in a Dutch gambling license.
Earlier, René Jansen, chairman of the KSA, the Dutch gambling regulator, had said that it is their priority to prepare the regulatory framework for remote gambling in the country and also that they will be having it ready in the next two years.
The Dutch gambling authority, KSA, has said that they are planning to have the new remote gambling regulations come into effect from July 1, 2020. Following the new gambling regulations in place, the gambling regulator has also indicated that they would be seeking applications from gambling operators for a countrywide license and then the online gambling market would be open by the start of the coming year.