KSA conducted research into gambling behaviour

Approximately 200 AGOG participants were part of the online survey.
Approximately 200 AGOG participants were part of the online survey.

KSA, the gambling regulator from the Netherlands, has released the results of analysis of gambling behaviour.

Netherlands.- Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) and Anonymous Gamblers Environment Gamblers (AGOG) have jointly conducted research into gambling issues and the effect in problem gambling.

Approximately 200 AGOG participants were part of the online survey. The organisation provided the responses from the people who participated in the survey, and the KSA analysed the collected data.

A total of 223 login codes were distributed to AGOG participants for the survey. 86 people (39%) completed the survey. Based on this percentage it cannot be concluded that the results are representative of the entire AGOG population.

Of the respondents, one third said they gambled on average two to three times a week in the year before they sought help. Another third also gambled four to six times a week. A quarter of them gambled daily. Most of the time (67%) is played on gambling machines.

The study provided the Ksa with more insight into the nature and extent of gambling problems and into gambling behaviour. The regulator in the gambling market uses the results for drawing up the annual market scan and in general for policy development.

KSA shared information about online gambling licences

KSA says that the information will help potential applicants to prepare for the licensing process that will start as soon as the Remote Gambling Act comes into effect. However, that date is still unknown. The regulator said that it is important to regularly inform market parties regarding the current status of licensing conditions. It believes that doing so will eventually ensure an efficient licensing process in the Netherlands.

KSA will organise workshops for potential licence applicants. “Further information will be provided during these workshops, including the technical requirements that need to be met for a licence. A Central Exclusion Register will be also introduced soon. All operators of games of chance must also store the game data in a Control Database and grant the KSA access to this,” said the regulator.

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