The Dutch Games of Chance Authority (“KSA”) has expressed its concerns about the delay of the implementation of the proposed Remote Gambling Act (“RGA”). Marja Appelman, director of the KSA, stated this yesterday in an interview with a national newspaper.
Due to the delay, Dutch online gamblers remain unprotected against gambling addictions and illegal practices. The KSA points out that of the 8.7 million Dutch gamblers, over 90,000 people can be regarded as ‘risk players’. Every year, a substantial amount of such risk players is treated for what is called a ‘primary gambling addiction’. As the current gambling regime in the Netherlands does not have a strict licensing system under which a safe and controlled gaming environment is envisaged, the KSA has insufficient means available to monitor gambling addictions and to protect Dutch players by its supervision properly. It is therefore that the KSA urges for a regulated system in which several online operators are able to enter the market, provided they meet strict licensing requirements.
The KSA also indicates that, prior to granting licenses under the upcoming legislation, new operators shall be screened by the KSA in order to make sure that the reliability of the operator and persons involved in its organization is reasonably beyond any doubt. Such integrity assessment could be time-consuming. Now that the implementation of the RGA has been delayed, it should also be considered that further delays in creating a safe and controlled gaming environment are imminent.