Licensing in different countries

Alderney

  • One-for-all licence
  • Compliance testing
  • Medium to high costs
  • Mirrored site option
  • Responsible advertising

Andorra

  • Gaming legislation is still pending

Argentina

  • Unclear regulations
  • Not all businesses are licensed
  • Medium costs

Armenia

  • Gambling is legal and popular
  • Actions being taken to protect players
  • Operators require a licence
  • Basic types of gambling activities are possible
  • The country benefits from the gambling sector

Australian Capital Territory

  • Rigid gambling requirements
  • $200,000 licence cost
  • 5-15% Gross profit tax rate
  • Thorough compliance testing
  • Non-standardised licence validity period

Australian Northern Territory

  • No standardised application fee
  • 20,000 revenue units for applying
  • 3 types of businesses to run
  • Game, lottery and ticket sale
  • Business ability, good reputation and financial background required

Austria

  • Peculiar legislation
  • Care of addicted people
  • Easier conditions for residents of Austria
  • “Small” vs. “proper” gambling
  • The gaming industry is on the rise

Belarus

  • Gambling on the internet is illegal
  • Monopolized national lottery
  • Fines for playing on blocked websites
  • Only offline sports betting is available
  • Positive changes are possible in future

Belgium

  • Long history of gambling
  • Strict regulations
  • High taxes
  • Player protection
  • Limited number of licences

Belize

  • English-speaking Latin American country
  • 2 types of licences
  • Affordable cost of licences
  • International vendors allowed to operate in Belize
  • Offering bets to locals is prohibited

Bulgaria

  • High taxes
  • Strict regulations
  • Advertising prohibited
  • Regular software check required
  • All-in-one licence

China

  • Ambiguous gambling practice
  • Huge gambling market
  • Mainland China vs Macau and Hong Kong
  • Not every lottery is legal
  • Breaches of the law are not punished in full

Costa Rica

  • Poor reputation
  • Inexpensive
  • Weak player protection
  • Local residents are not allowed to play
  • Minimum amount of supervision for licensees

Curacao

  • One licence for all activities
  • Simple licence obtaining process
  • Only 2 weeks to obtain a licence with gaminglicensing.com
  • No VAT, low profit tax rate
  • Popular in the online gambling industry

Cyprus

  • Currently only sports betting is legal
  • 2 classes of licences
  • No players below the age of 18 are allowed
  • Physical presence of a provider or its partner in Cyprus is a must
  • 10% betting tax

Denmark

  • Affordable tax
  • Focus on safety
  • RNG compliance test
  • Only players from Denmark can play
  • Danish bank account needed

Estonia

  • 2 licences needed
  • Validity periods: 20 years, unlimited
  • Low licence cost
  • Low tax
  • Age restrictions

France

  • Long gambling history
  • High taxes
  • Not all gambling forms are allowed
  • Severe legal requirements
  • Official legalisation in 2010

Georgia

  • Gambling activities are regulated by the Revenue Service
  • Player protection
  • Geographic restrictions
  • Taxes depend on the type of activity
  • Free application

Germany

  • Certain types of interactive gambling are illegal
  • Durable licence
  • EU influence
  • Locals may gamble on international sites
  • Sports betting and lottery are ever-popular

Gibraltar

  • Highly reputable jurisdiction
  • Unique pricing system
  • Effective software testing system
  • Dispute management
  • Money-laundering protection

Hungary

  • Uncertain future of the gaming industry
  • Sports betting, poker, casino and other activities
  • Online gambling is already legal
  • Licence validity is 5 years
  • Unfavourable conditions of licensing

Ireland

  • Long gambling history
  • Reputable
  • Different forms of activities are possible
  • Good player protection
  • Tax-free winnings

Isle of Man

  • Aimed at responsible gaming
  • Good player protection
  • Low taxes
  • Software is inspected by trustworthy companies
  • Protection of the youth

Italy

  • Overwhelmingly long history of gambling
  • Pricy
  • Bureaucracy
  • Strict measures for not following gambling laws
  • Operators must meet certain requirements

Jersey

  • Small jurisdiction
  • Reputable
  • 5 categories of licensing
  • Started licensing in 2011
  • Strong player protection

Kahnawake

  • Reputable
  • Licenses online poker, casinos, sportsbooks
  • Application fee of US$40,000.00
  • No need to set up a company
  • Quality control

Latvia

  • High cost of a licence
  • Age restrictions
  • 50% of key persons must be Latvian residents
  • Licence to be renewed once a year
  • Equipment should be regularly tested

Lithuania

  • Small jurisdiction
  • Gambling is permitted
  • Different gambling options
  • Non-nationalised lottery
  • Reasonable taxes

Malta

  • Secure business environment
  • Strong player protection
  • Low labour cost
  • Separate licences for different gaming activities
  • Licence validity period: 5 years

Montenegro

  • Among the newest gaming licensing jurisdictions
  • Lottery licences unavailable
  • Montenegro bank account needed
  • Additional services available
  • Quite low tax

Nevada

  • The US gambling center
  • Changeable legislation
  • Regulated since 1931
  • Online gambling is allowed
  • Age restrictions

Panama

  • Small online gambling jurisdiction
  • No strict control of operators
  • Rigid standards of licence issuing
  • Private lotteries are not allowed
  • Low costs

Poland

  • Regulated since 2009
  • Corruption issues in the past
  • Local vs foreign business
  • Licence validity period is 6 years
  • High taxes

Serbia

  • Partially regulated market
  • 4 types of gambling activity
  • Government encourages private operators
  • Common online platform
  • Development potential

Spain

  • High taxes
  • Specific licence for each activity
  • State lotteries
  • National and regional control
  • Illegal operators are banned

The Netherlands

  • Rigid governmental control
  • State monopolies prevail
  • Remote gambling is possible
  • Currently no licences issued
  • High taxes

The Philippines

  • Two districts with different set of rules
  • Locals cannot offer bets to locals
  • Licences are issued in Cagayan Freeport
  • Beneficial for Asian markets
  • Software compliance

United Kingdom

  • Good international reputation
  • Costly operations
  • Medium taxes
  • Transparency of business
  • Protection of vulnerable persons

Vanuatu

  • Safe gambling
  • Licence duration: 10 years
  • Low tax
  • Reasonable licence fee
  • Strives for the best