As one of the most confusing and controversial markets in Europe for online casino gaming, the Dutch Remote Gaming Bill has caused much consternation since it was first suggested. With serious discussions taking place for some time now, it appears that the Netherlands’ Minister of Justice, Sander Dekker, has finally introduced a plan that might help to combat the often-critiqued Dutch gaming market.
Dekker recently writes and signed responses to the three major questions that were posed during the recent debate in the Dutch government. The aim at the moment is to introduce a system which would, in effect, exclude foreign online gambling operators from working within the Dutch market. Indeed, it’s now going to be down to the Kansspelautoriteit, or KSA, to help administer ‘time out’ sessions for companies who are seen to be trying to get into the Dutch market when they shouldn’t.
Licensing has long been a topic of discussion within the European gaming scene, and The Netherlands are no different. These latest changes, though, are likely to be mostly aimed at trying to avoid youths from getting into the gaming scene too heavily, with a real concentration on youth protection.
The aim is to bring in a more mature and regulated advertising system, which could be used to help avoid advertising to those who are most vulnerable to the impact and damage of casino gaming. This change, then, comes after several weeks of speculation about what comes next.