29 September 2021

Many rejections of applications for online gambing licence

Category: Gaming law

The applicants whose applications for a remote gambling licence have been rejected will be informed bij de Dutch Gambling Authority KSA . The decision to reject the application is subject to appeal with the KSA and subsequently appeal in Court. KSA will also disclose which licences were granted and which websites and apps they will be providing their remote gambling products. The KSA has granted only 1 out of 3 licence applications so far. You can read more here about the objection procedure against refusal of a Dutch licence. Of course we can help you with this procedure.

Tips for applicants of remote gambling licence

The KSA Director has given some hints for applicants of the gaming permit. The bar is set high and KSA assesses all elements of the licence applications very seriously and stringently. He emphasizes:

“read the legislation and regulations, the policy rules, study the assessment scheme, attend the webinars and absorb all of the information on our website. Similarly, applicants should take into account that the various connection processes, such as for the data safe (the Controledatabank in Dutch) and for the Central Exclusion Register, Cruks, do not happen automatically and take time. It’s all about preparation time and processing time.

Transparency and disclosure by applicant

It’s is important to provide complete transparency, particularly with regard to the reliability component. If an operator fails do so and the Ksa discovers any dubious antecedents, then they may be close to a refusal of the licence. Another critical element operators should keep in mind: only submit an application if every piece of information that is requested can actually be provided. Incomplete applications will cause the processing time to be prolonged and can even lead to non-consideration.

Don’t make public a possible forthcoming licence

The KSA may regard this easily be as advertisements for gambling for which no licence has yet been granted. I have no choice but to be tough on these various points, although naturally we will not lose sight of the fairness component of being ‘tough but fair’.

The full speech of KSA director Rene Jansen you can read here.