Curacao Gambling License
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Curacao is an island located in the southern Caribbean Sea and is a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Tourism, e-commerce and the gambling industry – represent the vast majority of the country’s economy.
In 1993, the National Offshore Gambling Ordinance came into effect, legalizing online gambling, making Curacao the jurisdiction with the longest history of the iGaming industry. Starting in 1996, the authorities began to issue gambling licenses.
Due to the modern infrastructure and extremely favorable tax rates for business, Curacao is one of the most important offshore business centers, ideal for online gambling.
In 2019, the Government implemented a series of changes regarding gambling legislation. Thus, the Curacao Gaming Control Board has been appointed as the AML-CFT (Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism) supervisor for all gambling activities conducted in Curacao. Online gambling is regulated and supervised by the Ministry of Finance and the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU).
Unlike other jurisdictions, Curacao has a system based on different license classes. Thus, there are only two types of licenses: the master license and the sublicense. Master’s licenses are issued by the Ministry of Justice, while sub-licenses are issued by the companies that hold the master’s license.
Both master licenses and sub-licenses allow the holder to carry out all kinds of gambling activities.
Master licenses are valid for 5 years, and sublicenses are valid indefinitely as long as their master license remains valid.
In 1996, there were only 4 companies that applied for a master’s license. Now it is impossible to request a master license, which means that all potential operators interested in Curacao e-Gaming licenses request a sub-license from one of the master license holders. Each master license holder has its own policies regarding the handling of disputes between players and operators.
The 4 master licenses holders in Curacao are:
- Cyberluck Curacao N.V. (Curacao-eGaming) #1668/JAZ
- Gaming Curacao (GC) #365/JAZ
- Curacao Interactive Licensing N.V. (CIL) #5536/JAZ
- Antillephone NV #8048/JAZ
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1. Regulatory framework
Yes. National Ordinance on Offshore Games of Hazard (Landsverordening buitengaatse hazardspelen, P.B. 1993, no. 63) (NOOGH) online gaming licenses are issued by or on behalf of the Governor of Curaçao
Yes. The gambling regulatory authority is the Curacao Gaming Authority (CGA).
Yes. The gambling regulatory authority is the Curacao Gaming Control Board (CGB).
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2. Corporate structure and governance
Yes. The establishment of a commercial company in Curacao is necessary.
Yes. There is no restriction regarding the citizenship of the company’s managers.
Yes. Any change to the corporate structure (shareholders, share capital, directors/administrators, headquarters must be notified.
Yes. National Ordinance on Offshore Games of Hazard (Landsverordening buitengaatse hazardspelen, P.B. 1993, no. 63) (NOOGH)
Not. There are available 2 types of license: Master License and Sub-License. Holders of the licenses can provide any type of gambling activity.
Yes. Companies providing services to the gaming industry, such as gaming software, hosting platforms and services, auditing and certification services, payment processing services, etc., must obtain a B2B license.
Master licenses are valid for 5 years, while sublicenses are valid indefinitely as long as their master license remains valid.
Approximately 4 weeks.
Yes. Currently there are just 4 master licenses. There is no limit on the number of sublicenses a master license holder can grant.
Yes. Gambling operators must comply with a wide range of requirements to obtain and maintain a license. Such requirements refer to, but are not limited to, the company, the payment of license tax and other contributions, the good reputation and the absence of criminal records of the gambling operator and the directors and legal representatives of his etc.
Yes. The gaming industry operating in and from Curaçao is held to compliance with the National Ordinance on identification when rendering services (Landsverordening identificatie bij dienstverlening (LID), PB 2017, no. 92), and the National Ordinance on the reporting of unusual transactions (Landsverordening melding ongebruikelijke transacties (LMOT), PB 2017, no. 99).
With the publication of the National Decree supervisor identification when rendering services gaming sector (Landsbesluit toezichthouder identificatie bij dienstverlening kansspelsector, LB van 28 januari 2019, no. 19/0282) and the National Decree supervisor unusual transactions gaming sector (Landsbesluit toezichthouder ongebruikelijke transacties kansspelsector, LB van 28 januari 2019, no. 19/0283), the Curaçao Gaming Control Board (GCB) is tasked with the AML/CFT supervision of the gaming sector operating in and from Curaçao.
Yes. Gambling operators have the same AML/data protection reporting obligations as all other reporting entities.
5. Data protection
Yes. GDPR and National ordinance personal data protection (Landsverordening bescherming persoonsgegevens, National Gazette 2010, Consolidated text no. 84) “(National Ordinance Personal Data Protection”).
Yes. Just like the GDPR legislation.
Yes. This is called the Personal Data Protection Board.
6. Exchange control and other cross-border issues
Not. There are no limitations on transferring cash from or within the country.
7. Marketing and Advertising
Yes. Marketing and advertising activities for gambling are carried out in accordance with the rules established in the gambling, advertising and audio-visual regulations.
Yes. The legislation in force presents the restrictions on when, where and to whom gambling can be marketed.
Yes. All gambling operators must comply with responsible gambling principles/regulations. They must also make an annual financial contribution to a fund whose income is used to combat gambling addiction.
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