Dutch gambling regulator the Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) has received 28 applications from gambling operators. It is to offer online gambling products in the country’s regulated market, set to open later this year.
The KSA this month began the licensing process after the new national Remote Gambling Act took effect on April 1st. The market is set to launch on October 1st.
All 28 applicants, according to the KSA, have paid the required €48,000 (£41,578/$57,787) fee as part of their application.
If successful with their applications, these operators can offer online games through approved websites when the market opens in October.
“The law aims to direct players away from illegal providers to legally reliable providers,” KSA chairman René Jansen said. “With this many applications, I am confident that there will soon be an attractive and varied offer to meet this goal.”
Last month, the KSA said it expected to receive around 40 applications for igaming licenses, awarding about 35 permits.
Operators applying for Dutch licenses must have in place an effective, responsible gambling strategy and agree to connect with the country’s Central Register of Exclusion of Gambling (Cruks).
Additionally, operators must provide the Control Database (CDB) with their data collected from games. It will allow the KSA to carry out remote monitoring of game systems.