The Dutch Gaming Authority or Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) has granted 10 online gaming licences, moving regulated online gambling in the Netherlands one step closer to becoming a reality.

René Jansen, Chairman of the KSA, made the announcement while appearing on the current affairs TV program Nieuwsuur on Monday 27 September. The licences will permit their owners to offer what the regulator describes as “games of chance” via the internet in the Netherlands from 1 October 2021.

Earlier this year, the KSA revealed that 29 applications had been submitted, with this marking the first confirmation that any have been successful. This follows the launch of regulated online gambling in the Netherlands, with the Bill on Remote Gambling having been approved by the country’s Senate in February 2019. It came into force in March 2021, at which time the regulator began processing applications. Only one in three applications have thus far been approved because of stringent demands regarding responsible gambling, the Dutch regulator asserted in a statement on its website.

“High requirements are imposed on a licence, including in the field of addiction prevention and consumer protection, and the KSA tests rigorously,” remarked Jansen.The Chairman also said he expects more licensees to be added in the short term, as several companies have yet to submit an application, and gave a prospective date of July 2022 for when he anticipates a more complete picture of online gambling in the Netherlands.

The KSA will announce which companies will receive a licence later this week.