Netherlands Gambling Authority expects 40 license applications when licensing period opens

Updated: Feb 3


Curacao to rein in online gambling


Curacao, which is one of the most popular licensing jurisdictions for grey and black-market online offshore operators, has agreed to significantly tighten standards in exchange for financial support from the Netherlands during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.


According to the agreement, Curacao will have to establish an independent gambling regulator, ensure that Curacao-licensed operators will conform to the rules and regulations that are prevalent in their targeted markets, and arrange that all applicable taxes and licensing fees are collected from locally licensed operators.


The new measures are scheduled to be implemented from 2021 onward.

Currently, there are over 1,000 Curacao licensed websites operated by ca. 300 licensees (Malta has ca. 800 websites across ca. 250 licensees).


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Netherlands Gambling Authority expects 40 license applications when licensing period opens


The Netherlands Gambling Authority is expecting only 40 license applications when the Remote Gaming Act first comes into force from March 1, 2021, the regulator’s chairman, René Jansen said in an interview with Het Financieele Dagblad.


According to recently published draft licensing rules, operators must not have “actively targeted” the Dutch market for a period of at least 32 months before they are eligible to apply for an online license. As a result of this cooling-off period, several “major international operators” will not be able to immediately enter the regulated Dutch online market, Jansen added.


Operators are deemed to have actively targeted the Dutch market if they offered their services on a .nl website or (partially) in the Dutch language; advertised in Dutch broadcast or print media; made use of a domain name or visual symbols combining “typically Dutch concepts” with gambling-related indicators; or offered payment methods that are used primarily by Dutch consumers (i.e. iDEAL).


The regulated market is scheduled to open on September 1, 2021 – six months after the Remote Gaming Act enters into force. Earlier, the Dutch regulator indicated it expected to issue 90 remote licenses in total.


Other news


The Netherlands Gambling Authority has been successful in reporting Facebook groups that promote illegal lotteries to the social media platform. According to the regulator, this is the fastest way to ensure that the illegal online lotteries can no longer be effectively organized.

In anticipation of the Dutch Remote Gaming Act – which mandates a strict separation between lotteries and other forms of gambling – Nederlandse Loterij has started creating separate customer accounts for lottery products and sports betting.


GVC Group will rebrand as Entain, and pledges that 100% of its revenues will be derived from regulated markets by 2023.


The International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA) has signed a partnership with Swedish online trade association Branschföreningen för Onlinespel (BOS) to cooperate on topics of mutual interest such as the regulatory restrictions in Sweden.