KSA Launches Crackdown on Unlicensed Online Casino Affiliates
Posted at: 23 July 2018
In an update, posted on its website on July 19th, the Netherlands’ gambling regulator Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) announced that it has launched a crackdown on affiliate marketers. More precisely, the KSA investigated international operators that promote their services to Dutch players without holding the necessary permits thus causing loss of revenue to licensed operators.
The KSA examined 44 affiliate websites and founded unauthorised online gambling marketing in 26 of them. The regulator contacted the violators and as many as 20 of them immediately ceased promoting their services to Dutch players. Another 3 operators stopped their advertising campaigns upon a threat of being imposed a financial penalty. The remaining 3 operators are either yet to receive the KSA warnings or the regulator is still waiting for a response.
In other news, Dutch lawmakers have recently passed a bill to open up the local market for international operators. However, no license will be issued before mid-2020. Repeated violators will have to wait another 2 years to apply for a license.
KSA opened the registration process on June 5, 2019, and up to now, as many as 183 operators have expressed their interest in obtaining a Dutch casino license. The application fee is £45,000, and goes hand in hand with a compulsory financial guarantee of £830,000.