NAVIGATING THE
DUTCH

ONLINE GAMBLING MARKET

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Comprehensive solutions for online

gaming licensing and compliance in
THE NETHERLANDS.

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CHALLENGES AND
CONSIDERATIONS:


  • Navigating the complex process of setting up a Dutch company and structuring funds.
  • Ensuring compliance with the Dutch regulator and government requirements, including AML (Anti Money Laundering) and KYC (Know Your Client) checks.
  • Managing administrative tasks such as payroll, bookkeeping, reporting, and tax assistance.
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EFFICIENT SOLUTIONS FOR DUTCH
ONLINE GAMBLING LICENSES:


  • We help you obtain your Dutch online gambling license, from company setup to ongoing regulatory compliance.
  • Our team ensures you meet the stringent AML and KYC requirements the Dutch regulator sets, providing policies and procedures tailored to your business operations.
  • We conduct a review of your existing policies and procedures to ensure alignment with Dutch AML and Wwft (Wet ter voorkoming van witwassen en financieren van terrorisme) regulations, ensuring you meet Dutch standards.
  • Our thorough examination verifies the implementation of all policies and procedures, ensuring compliance with regulatory standards and operational integrity.
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CONTACT US

TO DISCUSS YOUR SITUATION AND KICKSTART
YOUR JOURNEY TO OBTAINING A DUTCH
ONLINE GAMBLING LICENSE

Get in touch

CONTACT US

TO DISCUSS YOUR SITUATION AND KICKSTART
YOUR JOURNEY TO OBTAINING A DUTCH
ONLINE GAMBLING LICENSE

Get in touch

THE NETHERLANDS

We can handle everything you need to start or grow your company in The Netherlands.

On April 1st, 2021, the Netherlands Gaming Authority (Kansspelautoriteit/KSA) opened the Dutch online gambling market by launching the Dutch online gambling license.

Although it was prohibited to target the Dutch market before that time, since 2021, the Netherlands offers the possibility to obtain a license for online casino games where the players play against the house or each other, sportsbook and online betting on horseraces and trotting matches.  

Jurisdictions maps - The Netherlands
How can we help?

HOW CAN WE
HELP?

Our team in Amsterdam assists with all aspects of having a Dutch online gambling license, including:

DUTCH ONLINE GAMING
LICENSE

We assist you with all requirements to license your operations in the Netherlands.

A Dutch online gambling license holder is not required to be based in the Netherlands.

The regulator states that a license holder may have a company established in the EU or EEA. The board of directors of the regulator may even waive this requirement if the license holder has their statutory seat, their board or their headquarters in a third-party state, of which such state’s laws provide sufficient guarantees for the interests this law aims to protect.

One crucial point to know under the Dutch gaming license is the requirement to separate players’ funds. 

ONGOING REQUIREMENTS: AML AND KYC HEALTH CHECKS

Are you compliant with requirements from the Dutch regulator and government?

Operating in the Dutch corporate landscape requires entrepreneurs to uphold high standards regarding regulatory reporting. This means the operator must carefully implement several policies, most notably anti money laundering (AML).

To adhere to the above, all applicants and license holders must have in depth AML policies and procedures in place for their operating company.  This task proves challenging as license holders may be experts in online gambling but perhaps not in Dutch and European legislation.

Therefore, we have developed several programs for each type of license holder. Whether you are just starting up or are more experienced, we can assist with drafting, reviewing and testing policies that comply with Dutch and European law and standards.

As a licensed corporate services provider, we are your ideal partner for these requirements as we are licensed to provide trust services by the Dutch Central Bank (DNB) in the Netherlands. Trust offices are globally seen as high risk businesses due to the nature of their services, such as providing management, domiciliation and transaction processing. These services are a risk for money laundering, tax evasion and terrorism financing.

Ongoing requirements- AML and KYC health checks

Therefore, trust offices must be licensed and held to very high standards regarding regulatory reporting. These standards apply to EM Group as a trust office for our own existence but also apply to our clients, and we are audited yearly to check that our standards are high enough and that we adhere to the law and most recent changes.

Because of this, our team possesses extensive expertise in the procedures that operators must adhere to. We conduct daily client due diligence and diligently monitor transactions for all clients obligated to do so. Additionally, our services are tailored to cater to the Dutch online gambling markets, ensuring you can seamlessly meet regulatory requirements. Rest assured that with our support, you will be well equipped to maintain compliance and operate successfully in the Dutch online gambling industry.

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OUR SOLUTIONS

POLICY AND PROCEDURE
DEVELOPMENT SOLUTIONS

Designed for license applicants.

Embarking on the journey of obtaining a Dutch gaming license for the online gambling industry can be daunting, especially when it comes to meeting the requirements for Anti Money Laundering (AML) and Wwft (Wet ter voorkoming van witwassen en financieren van terrorisme - the Dutch law for the prevention of money laundering and terrorist financing) compliance. We will assist you with this.

We provide comprehensive explanations of the AML and Wwft requirements specific to the Dutch gaming license application process. We will guide you through the intricacies of the law, ensuring a clear understanding of the obligations you must fulfill. Drawing on our expertise in the field, we will provide you with the required policies and procedures tailored to your business operations.

With our assistance, you can confidently navigate the complexities of AML and Wwft compliance. We will work closely with you to ensure your policies and procedures are meticulously drafted and wholly aligned with Dutch law to prevent money laundering and terrorist financing. By availing of our AML and Wwft Policy Development Assistance, you can accelerate the process of obtaining your gaming license while maintaining the highest regulatory compliance standards.

With our assistance, you can confidently navigate the complexities of AML and Wwft compliance. We will work closely with you to ensure your policies and procedures are meticulously drafted and wholly aligned with Dutch law to prevent money laundering and terrorist financing. By availing of our AML and Wwft Policy Development Assistance, you can accelerate the process of obtaining your gaming license while maintaining the highest regulatory compliance standards.

COMPLIANCE
EVALUATION

Designed for license applicants and license holders.

Compliance with AML and Wwft requirements is crucial for license applicants and holders. While you may have existing AML and Wwft policies in place, it is essential to consider whether they align with European standards and meet the specific regulations of the Netherlands. Our service offers a comprehensive review of your policies and procedures, conducting a thorough analysis to assess their compliance with Dutch AML and Wwft requirements.

During the evaluation, our focus is twofold.Firstly, we ensure that all necessary policies are in place, covering the essential aspects mandated by the regulations.Secondly, we examine the content of your policies to verify their alignment with current regulatory guidelines. This thorough assessment helps identify gaps, outdated information, or incompleteness that may need addressing to meet European standards.

By availing of our AML and Wwft Compliance Evaluation service, you can rest assured that your policies and procedures will be meticulously reviewed and optimized to align with Dutch regulations. This commitment to compliance empowers your business to operate confidently while maintaining the highest standards of integrity and regulatory adherence.

Compliance evaluation

OPERATIONAL INTEGRITY
ASSESSMENT

Designed for license applicants and license holders.

We conduct a thorough examination of the operator's organization, existing policies, and procedures. Our analysis goes beyond theoretical assessments to ensure alignment with the Dutch online gambling license requirements. Moreover, we delve into meticulous research of the operator's organizational structure to verify the proper implementation of all policies and procedures. We scrutinize whether the operator's actions align with their stated commitments, ensuring compliance with regulatory standards.

With our comprehensive approach, you can have confidence in the integrity and effectiveness of your operational practices.

Are you ready to apply for your license in The Netherlands?

ARE YOU READY  TO APPLY FOR YOUR LICENSE IN THE NETHERLANDS?

to discuss your needs.

FURTHER
INFORMATION

The Netherlands offers a promising landscape for online gaming operators, with a well regulated market, transparent legal framework, and growth opportunities. Obtaining a Dutch gaming license is the key to entering this thriving market, and compliance with the Remote Gambling Act is essential for success. If you are considering venturing into the Dutch online gambling industry, make sure to navigate the regulatory landscape with diligence and integrity.

ONLINE GAMBLING IN THE NETHERLANDS: NAVIGATING THE REGULATORY LANDSCAPE

The Netherlands, known for its picturesque landscapes and vibrant culture, has also made its mark in the world of online gaming. Let’s delve into online gambling in the Netherlands, shedding light on crucial aspects such as its legality, regulatory framework, and obtaining a Dutch online gambling license.

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IS ONLINE GAMBLING LEGAL IN THE NETHERLANDS?

Before April 1, 2021, targeting the Dutch online gambling market was prohibited. However, the landscape changed with the introduction of the Dutch online gambling license by the Netherlands Gaming Authority (Kansspelautoriteit/KSA). Since then, online gaming enthusiasts have engaged in various activities, including online casino games, sports betting, and others such as horse race betting.

The Dutch government recognized the potential of regulating the online gambling market, aiming to channel players' enthusiasm into a legal and controlled environment. This shift provides a safer gambling experience and generates revenue for the government through gambling taxes.

The remote gambling act, a regulatory milestone

THE REMOTE GAMBLING ACT: A REGULATORY MILESTONE

The Remote Gambling Act is central to regulating online gaming in the Netherlands. This legislation sets the framework for remote gambling operators, outlining the requirements, responsibilities, and licensing procedures.

Under this act, operators must obtain a Dutch online gambling license to legally offer online games in the Netherlands, including casino games and sports betting. The act also strongly emphasizes responsible gambling and addiction prevention, ensuring that the interests of Dutch players are protected.

OBTAINING A DUTCH GAMING LICENSE: COSTS AND REQUIREMENTS

Obtaining a gaming license is pivotal for those seeking to enter the Dutch online gambling market. It is important to note that a Dutch online gambling license holder doesn't necessarily have to be based in the Netherlands. The legislation allows companies established in the EU or EEA to apply for a license, promoting a more competitive and diverse market.

However, one essential requirement of the Dutch gaming license is the separation of players' funds. This ensures that player funds are kept separate from operational funds, safeguarding player interests. Compliance with this requirement is crucial for license applicants and holders.

BENEFITS OF OBTAINING A DUTCH GAMING LICENSE

The advantages of holding a Dutch online gambling license extend beyond legal compliance. License holders gain access to a well-regulated and lucrative market. They can tap into the thriving online gambling community in the Netherlands, offering a wide range of online games that cater to various preferences.

Moreover, the Dutch online gambling market is subject to rigorous oversight by the Netherlands Gambling Authority, ensuring a level playing field for all operators. This regulatory environment promotes fair competition and builds trust among players.

FIVE FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT DUTCH GAMING LICENSES

No, the Remote Gambling Act requires all online gambling operators to obtain a Dutch gaming license to offer their services legally.

Unlicensed remote gambling is illegal and can result in substantial fines, cease and desist orders, and other enforcement measures.

The licensing process can take up to five years, depending on various factors, including the application's complexity and the operator's integrity.

The Dutch government strongly emphasizes addiction prevention and has implemented strict policies and regulations to address gambling addiction.

Yes, the Dutch online gambling market allows operators to offer a variety of online games, including sports betting and virtual sports.

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