The Netherlands: regulator investigates online gambling apps

By Richard van Schaik and Róbin de Wit


Today, the Dutch Games of Chance Authority (“KSA”) announced that it will take gambling apps on further investigation over the coming months. The ultimate aim is to get these apps, including and any references thereto, removed from app stores and gambling websites.

The reason for KSA’s further investigation is a visible increase in the use of gambling apps. Research shows that early exposure of children to games that stimulate gambling may lead to problematic gambling behavior at a later stage. Now that these apps are easily available for young persons and sometimes even free of charge for a certain period of time, the KSA finds it of utmost importance to put a halt to the offer of gambling apps and take enforcement actions where appropriate.

Gambling companies operating the apps, as well as operators of platforms where these apps can be downloaded, should remove both the apps as well as any references thereto on websites. The KSA will investigate whether such operators act in accordance with the Dutch Betting and Gaming Act. If they don’t, enforcement actions might follow.

Initially, the KSA will focus on gambling apps with cash deposit and payments, the so-called “real money gambling apps”. End of April, the KSA identified 49 illegal real money gambling apps, which will be further monitored and investigated by the KSA over the coming period.