New Dutch online gambling law sparks the exit of top brands

Published on June 5, 2017 in Industry News

Gaming regulations in NetherlandsThe 1st of June 2017 saw a new set of laws and regulations being passed that will greatly affect the Dutch iGaming market and Dutch players.

The recent announcement of new rules that are being implemented by Kansspelautoriteit, the Netherlands Gaming Authority, has rocked the online gambling world.

While Kansspelautoriteit has always been strict with their intentions of keeping the market free of violations, the latest additions to the gambling regulations are tricky. These changes do little more than block Dutch players from having any access to legal online casinos and it's already starting to take its toll.

Online casinos exit Netherlands

The first of what is expected to be many online casinos taking the leap, Royal Panda Casino announced that on the 1st of June they would no longer be accepting Dutch players.

While Royal Panda has a license from the MGA (which allows access to many parts of Europe), no new players will be accepted at this popular online casino.

There are also online casinos which cater almost entirely for the Dutch community, such as PolderCasino, which has also shut down its services to the country.

Unexpected changes

As mentioned previously, the new laws and regulation adjustments put forward by Kansspelautoriteit have caused quite a stir. Not only were the changes made suddenly, leaving operators with little to no preparation time, but Dutch-targeting sites and symbols are also entirely prohibited.

Any online casinos who fail to block players from the country attempting to create an account will also come under the hammer and face repercussions.

It's no surprise that operators are devastated at the news with the Netherlands being an extremely attractive space with high demand. 

If operators would like to continue promoting their business within the Netherlands, a special license will have to acquired from Kansspelautoriteit. However, the chances seem very slim for international online casinos, cutting off a large number of possible operations within the country.

Right now it's difficult to say how many Dutch casinos will close up shop or how players will respond to these new rules. 

It's not an uncommon occurrence for countries to attempt to enforce strict rules such as these, but whether or not the players will adhere to the rules or simply seek another way to enjoy their favourite casino games remains to be seen.