A key figure in the Dutch online gambling regulation sector has been speaking about the changes to the country’s age verification rules that will come into effect in 2021.
Rene Janse, who currently serves as Chairman at the Dutch regulator Kansspelautoriteit, has said that the Remote Gaming Act, which took the Dutch parliament several months to clear, will come into effect on January 1, 2021, having initially being planned for July 2020.
His remarks were made at the Gaming in Holland meeting that took place in Amsterdam. In addition to confirming the dates of the new regulations, he provided more detail on the likely changes to age verification procedures, although he could offer little clarity on licensing.
Regarding age verification, Janse said that it would be important for any operator that wished to enter the Dutch market to ensure that they met a number of criteria. These include ensuring that additional protections are in place to prevent underage usage of their site, as well as training for staff to ensure that they are aware of the rules when it comes to underage gambling.
On the licensing front, he said that the regulator was expecting to see a huge number of applications, with as many as 200 potentially licensed operators already having expressed an interest. But he said that it would not be possible to provide full details on the license system until further legislation had been completed. And he emphasised that it would be wrong to give people a steer on license provisions before these had been thrashed out fully.
The newly regulated Dutch market will open for business at the start of January 2021, but license applications will be invited from the summer of 2020 onwards.