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eSports betting in the Netherlands is going to remain illegal for the time being, as the country's gaming regulator Kansspelautoriteit issued a statement clarifying the activity and reiterating its legal status in the country of 17 million people.
The regulator came to the conclusion that eSports tournaments are games of chance, and thus fall under the restrictions in place for gambling. The country is currently working to liberalize the industry more, allowing for online gaming.
The advisory on eSports betting read: "Playing games on the Internet (e-sports) is permitted. Betting on these games is a game of chance. 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 to apply for a license in the Netherlands. E-sports betting is prohibited in the Netherlands."
It does appear that the country is looking at regulating the activity in the future though, as the regulator is asking punters to provide details on the sites they currently wager on eSports with, whether they know of any underage gambling on eSports, and whether they lost money on the activity.
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