After a few weeks of constant back and forth, it looks like the Dutch Senate has finally passed the Remote Gambling Bill. This new bill, which is going to bring in a new gambling licensing process to the Dutch gaming scene, will be put into place by mid-2020 and is sure to offer quite the shake-up for the Dutch gaming scene.
This comes after three and a half years of constant back and forth within the Dutch Parliament. Indeed, it was passed in the lower house of the Dutch Parliament three and a half years ago, but now it finally has gone through the full Senate.
This will mean that the Dutch will look to bring out a structural rebuilding of their online gambling market, that is going to help attract international dealers and online gambling firms. Operators will need to apply for a license when they work with the local regulator, the Kansspelautoriteit, and will also need to work in the new and improved regulated environment.
These processes will start to happen come the middle of 2020, with the first licenses likely to be introduced as of January 1st, 2021. This is going to be quite an interesting change, as the new period will help to see the more than 1.8m Dutch gamers and gamblers finally given a safer, more regulated and secure gambling experience.
With this new change, then, we can finally see another European nation move towards a healthy, regulated system.