The Dutch government now aims for the Remote Gaming Act to come into effect on January 1, 2021. This means that the regulated online market will open on July 1, 2021 instead of January 1 as originally anticipated.

Responding to the legislative motions that were adopted by the Senate alongside the Remote Gaming Act in February of this year, Minister Sander Dekker for Legal Protection acknowledged that more time is necessary to complete the secondary legislation.

In more fortunate news, Dekker also said that the government will not introduce an online gambling advertising ban, as such a measure would be counterproductive with regard to the government’s channelization goals.

Netherlands Gambling Authority adds new condition to prioritization criteria

Until at least early 2018, underage players could, without too much trouble, make use of Toto’s online sports betting offering, Minister Sander Dekker revealed in a letter to the Dutch Lower House. Toto is the sports betting brand of Nederlandse Loterij.

In the same letter, Dekker also said that, from January 1, 2020 onward, the Netherlands Gambling Authority will incldude the absence of a functional age verification system for Dutch players among its prioritization criteria.

Unlicensed operators who meet the regulator’s prioritization criteria, will be first in line for enforcement action and are likely to be excluded from applying for a remote license once the regulated market opens.

Other news

This Wednesday, trade association VAN Kansspelen will hold its annual general members meeting. In addition, there will be a product exhibition, as well as in-depth sessions on privacy, scarce licenses, and robotization.

Spanish online gambling trade association Jdigital has communicated that its members have reached consensus on voluntary advertising and marketing controls.

The Forschungsstelle Glücksspiel at the University of Hohenheim in Stuttgart has issued a series of recommendations to update German gambling laws, including imposing taxes on unlicensed operators and legalizing online casino games.

The Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) has canceled Betixx Limited’s license after ruling that the operator breached a number of regulations.