The Kansspelautoriteit (KSA), the gambling regulator in the Netherlands, has announced that it will be conducting inspections of slot machine arcades in the country beginning in mid-December. The purpose of these inspections is to ensure that operators are in compliance with local regulations, particularly in terms of implementing social responsibility measures to prevent and minimize gambling addiction.
The KSA will be focusing on whether gambling arcades have sufficient player safeguards in place to prioritize addiction prevention, in accordance with regulations that were introduced on April 1, 2021. Supervisors from the KSA will be conducting checks to ensure that operators are meeting the requirements for addiction prevention.
After the conclusion of the audit period, the KSA will publish an update on the situation, providing Dutch consumers with information about the findings of the inspections and highlighting areas that may require improvement. Additionally, the KSA has stated that it will adjust its guidance if necessary, with the update being made available on the regulator’s official website.
In a separate development, the KSA recently issued a significant fine of EUR 3 million to Betent, an operator of the Betcity brand in the Netherlands. This fine was imposed due to violations of anti-money laundering (AML) and counter-terrorism financing (CTF) regulations. Betent had previously been warned by the regulator in September 2022 to improve its know-your-customer processes and prevent money laundering. However, the KSA found that Betent had not implemented the required measures and had been lax in requesting sources of income from its customers, intervening too late when it did take action.
René Jansen, the chairman of the KSA, emphasized that licenses within the gambling industry have been warned to ensure that their AML and CTF procedures are under control, or else they will face fines. Jansen noted that the Netherlands’ gambling market is past the startup phase, making such violations no longer excusable.
It is also worth noting that Jansen is set to depart from the KSA, with the authority currently searching for his successor.