SCGO Limited is the latest operator to get the blessing from the Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) and obtain the much sought-after Dutch iGaming license. By getting this license, SCGO Limited becomes the twenty-fourth operator to get the approval from the KSA to legally offer its online gambling services to Dutch citizens.
The newly obtained Dutch license of SCGO Limited is valid for the next five years, from the 23rd of June 2023 to the 22nd of June 2028, and, we are yet to see under which brand will SCGO operate in the Netherlands. However, it is most likely that SCGO will go with Vbet, a leading gambling provider that the company is mostly associated with, and which operates under a license issued by the Malta Gaming Authority.
In addition to approving a Dutch license to SCGO Limited, the KSA has recently introduced a list of recommendations to the government in the Netherlands regarding the country’s gambling laws. One of the most pressing suggestions includes the KSA creating false accounts to check whether gambling operators are compliant with regulations, as well as a proposal to come up with new legislation concerning the use of data of the said operators.
Furthermore, the KSA also recommends that both family members and gambling providers should be allowed to register problem gamblers with the self-exclusion program Cruks, without the consent of the players. According to the regulator, the number of players currently self-excluding from gambling is low and this strategy is bound to tackle gambling addiction in the long run.
Additionally, the Kansspelautoriteit said that the current legislation for brick-and-mortar slots is “increasingly incompatible” and outdated when compared to current technical developments and current regulations. As a result, the KSA recommends using the current legislation for online slots as an example to bring outdated laws in line with the ongoing situation.
The Dutch government has already scheduled a full-scale revision of the current Remote Gambling Act for 2024. However, as per the statement of KSA, the regulator is not willing to wait for the evaluation in 2024 and is pressing the government for these proposals to be incorporated as soon as possible.