ESports betting in the Netherlands is going to remain illegal
eSports betting is going to remain illegal in the Netherlands for the time being, as the country’s gaming regulator Kansspelautoriteit issued in a statement clarifying the activity and reiterating its legal status.
The regulator stated that eSports tournaments are games of chance, and thus fall under the restrictions in place for gambling. The Netherlands are currently working to liberalize the industry more, allowing for online gambling.
The advisory on eSports betting said: “Playing games on the Internet (e-sports) is legal. Betting on these games is a game of chance and therefor illegal. For this, a license is required for anyone to be allowed to offer gambling in the Netherlands.”
“At present it is not possible for e-sports betting parties to apply for a license in the Netherlands. E-sports betting is prohibited in the Netherlands and this will stay this way for now.”
It does seem that the country is looking at regulating this activity in the future though, as the regulator is asking punters to provide details on the sites they currently wager on eSports with and whether they know of any underage gambling on eSports.