As the countdown to the launch of the new Netherlands online betting sector continues, another major European operator has signed up with a key Dutch industry body.
The Netherlands Online Gambling Association (NOGA) has announced that the high profile betting and gaming operator Betway has joined the Association as its latest member, ahead of the launch of the country’s new regulated igaming market.
In joining the NOGA, Betway is following a number of well known operators, including Bet365, Betsson Group, Dazzletag, Entain – previously known as GVC Holdings – Flutter Entertainment and Kindred Group and will now be part of an industry body that will hope to have a significant voice in the new online betting sector. And the NOGA has said that they hope to add more new members in the coming months, with one eye on the September 2021 market launch.
Speaking about the new addition, the Chief Executive of NOGA, Peter-Paul de Goeij, said that the organisation would be strengthened by having Betway on board:.
“Betway is one of the world’s leading providers of premium entertainment in sports betting, casino and esports betting; we look forward to the experience that Betway will bring to our association.”
He added that he sees the signing up of Betway as an indicator that growing numbers of betting industry operators are realising the benefit of joining the Association ahead of the new market.
Those sentiments were echoed by the Betway Director of Compliance and Regulatory Affairs, Roger Parkes, who said that they were focused on providing safe gaming and entertainment to their customers and that they were confident in NOGA’s ability to support the industry and reassure the national regulator, which he said he hoped would lead to a successful new regulated market.
Online gambling in the Netherlands was initially due to launch at the start of the New Year, in line with the country’s Remote Gambling Act, but in November last year, Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) the national regulator, pushed back the launch date to the start of July 2021. This was further delayed in September, and the new plan is for the Remote Gambling Act now set to come into effect from March 2021 and, following a licensing period, the market itself will launch on September 1.