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SCGO secures Dutch igaming licence

| By Robert Fletcher
Malta-based SCGO Limited has become the latest operator to secure an online gambling licence in the Netherlands.
Hommerson Amusement Dutch licence

Issued by Kansspelautoriteit (KSA), the licence will enable SCGO to offer online games of chance to players in the country.

SCGO is yet to confirm which brand it will operate under in the Netherlands. The business is primarily associated with the Vbet brand, running this under an existing Malta licence.

The new permit came into effect on 23 June and will run for five years, though to 22 June 2028.

In securing the licence, SCGO becomes the twenty-fourth operator to have been approved to offer igaming in the Netherlands. 

Proposed regulatory changes 

The KSA this month put forward a number of recommendations for the government to consider in relation to gambling law.

The most urgent points included allowing KSA to create false identities to check if operators are complying with regulations. The regulator also called for new laws surrounding the use of data from licensees.

The regulator also referenced the Cruks self-exclusion system and the option for players to be involuntarily added to the list at the request of close relatives or operators. KSA said the number of players registered in this manner is so low that there can be no assumption it is helping tackle gambling addiction.

In addition, KSA said legislation for land-based slots is outdated and “increasingly incompatible” with current regulations and technical developments. As such, it recommended bringing these laws in line with legislation for online slots.

The government is planning a wider review of the Remote Gambling Act (ROA) next year, but KSA said that such is the importance of its proposals, they cannot wait for the evaluation.

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