The Netherlands is taking very strict steps for the age verification of the players. The KSA, Dutch Gambling Authority has already warned the operators that failure to verify the age of the players might risk them getting listed in ‘bad actors’. The Netherlands is expected to launch the licensed online gambling framework in 2021 and these are the strict actions for the operators before it kicks off the online framework.
The Dutch Gambling Authority has asked the operators to consider as the priority for the year 2020. The authority said that it has to be completed in 2020 if the operators are not already doing it. The consequences of not doing it can range from a heavy penalty to being black-listed from the country as it launches the new framework in January 2021.
The basic guideline has already been shared by the KCA. It said that the objective means of proof can be accepted as the age verification. The consequence of not following the orders on the age verification would have a stronger impact in the longer run. When the operators apply for the Remote Gambling Act in 2021, all such factors would be weighed in. So, the KCA basically said that either the operators follow the order on the age verification or perish during the new online gambling framework. It is understood that the Netherlands is bringing strict gambling rules under the new framework. The framework is still being developed and would be launched in January 2021.
The new permits under the new framework would available in early 2021 believe the people who are aware of this development. It can be applied from January 1, 2021. However, the application then goes for scrutiny for reliability and other checks. The age verification would play a major role in this stage if not followed.
Online gambling is illegal in the Netherlands. However, the protection of the Dutch consumer is vital and thus KCA would closely monitor any operator which is taking bets from a minor. The operators would also be tasked by the KCA if they use the Dutch language on the website, or use the domain suffix of ‘.NL’ or use the payment instruments by most of the Dutch people. This step is taken to ensure that the participation from the Dutch people is minimized and restricted.
The expectation is that KCA would award 90 licenses to the operators when the market opens in 2021. The market is expected to open from July 1, 2021.