Is the KSA Too Strict?
The Dutch online and land-based gaming markets have been guarded for many years by the Kansspelautoriteit (KSA), the Netherlands’ sole state-run gambling regulator. Since 2012, the Netherlands gaming authority has been closely guarding all facets of the real money gambling industry, prompting the Dutch industry to become known as one of the strictest and most highly regulated in the world. While gamblers, experts, and even European Commission members have at times criticised the KSA for its strict stance on local gambling, it cannot be denied that the authority is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to dealing with unlicensed or rogue gambling operators.
Legislations Lead to Licensed Brands Closing Up
Just a few weeks ago, the KSA prompted several popular licensed iGaming operators to leave the local market after it put into effect strict new online gambling laws. The new regulations state that no .nl Dutch-facing casino site can redirect to a .com sire, and that operators can no longer use ‘typically Dutch’ visual elements in their promotions. Furthermore, the KSA also imposed hefty regulations that would see operators sanctioned from the country if they did not block local players from their sites. While these measures are intended to protect players from unscrupulous operators, it did also have the effect of Royal Panda, Polder Casino and FortuinCasino closing their sites to these players for good. Noticeably, iGaming is heavily restricted in the Netherlands. Legalising the iGaming market and opening it to international parties has been discussed by the Dutch state for years, but the KSA has remained steadfast in its opinion that opening the market could slash revenues generated by local providers.
Other Countries May Do Well To Adopt The KSA’s Safety Stance
The Dutch legislative effort to legalise iGaming progressed considerably in June last year – but the process has been delayed numerous times, and is still awaiting the Senate’s vote. For now, the gambling sites available to the Dutch public are still restricted, which the KSA believes will create a safer market for real money players. Although the KSA has been met with criticism, it cannot be denied that the authority has taken every precaution to protect its local iGaming market and its players by refusing to let international parties in on the deal. But should other countries’ regulators follow the KSA’s suit? Experts predict that overly strict regulations could actually make the Dutch market less safe in the long run as players turn to unlicensed international sites for variety. With this in mind, other countries might do well to take a less strict approach while still thoroughly vetting potential operators before they allow them to enter their industries.