During yesterday's Gaming in Holland webinar on outsourcing requirements for licensed operators, Netherlands Gambling Authority Chairman, René Jansen confirmed that the new Dutch Remote Gaming Act will definitely enter into force on April 1, 2021.
Speaking specifically on outsourcing requirements, Jansen further mentioned that the Dutch legislature had decided against introducing B2B licenses. As a result, licensed operators will be responsible for guaranteeing that their suppliers are compliant with Dutch law:
“In the Netherlands [...] only B2C licenses exist for the gambling market. This means that future licensees are responsible for ensuring that the companies they outsource to, meet the requirements set out in the new Betting and Gambling Act and in the Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing (Prevention) Act (Wwft). If you are an operator, you must have a policy in place for this. In other words, you must be able to demonstrate that the companies you are outsourcing to are just as reputable as you are.”
Next, gaming lawyers Alan Littler and Sharif Ibrahim (Kalff Katz & Franssen) addressed the resulting legal and regulatory obligations for both licensed operators and their suppliers.
Francesco Rodano, Chief Policy Officer, Playtech and former Head of Remote Gaming at Italian regulator ADM, discussed the (likely) thinking behind the Dutch setup and addressed the potential benefits of the Dutch approach.
Peter-Paul de Goeij, representing trade association NOGA, however, raised some concerns concerning the workability of the outsourcing regulations and further indicated that some pragmatic improvements could still be made.
Watch the full webinar below.