Dutch gambling regulator Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) has revealed that 79 companies have so far expressed an interest in applying for online gaming licenses in the Netherlands.

The KSA opened registrations on 5 June and prospective licensees have until Friday (21 June) to complete the registration form on the KSA website confirming their intention to apply for licensure.

Following the adoption of the Remote Gambling Act by the Dutch Senate in February, the regulator expects to begin drafting license conditions as soon as the country’s Ministry of Justice and Security has finished drafting the secondary legislation to the Act.

Once the law has formally become effective, the KSA can begin licensing online gaming operators after 1 July 2020, with the market set to open on 1 January 2021.

“Everybody benefits from a smooth process,” said KSA chairman René Jansen. “If we know how many applications we can expect, we can make sure the organisation matches that. This is in our interest, but also in that of the applicants.”