Your Partner in iGaming
Despite the global reach and ubiquity of the internet, online gambling regulations are not universal. This current state of play is predominant in Europe too, where gaming regulations, standards and requirements remain largely fragmented, meaning that various licences from different jurisdictions may be required by an operator in order to extend its reach. Trusting on years of experience and vast knowledge of the gaming industry, by combining technical excellence with a solution-driven approach, ARQ Advisory assists its clients organise their regulatory affairs in the most optimal manner.
Since Malta enacted the Remote Gaming Regulations in 2004, Malta established itself as the most desirable jurisdiction for igaming operators. A licence acquired from the Malta Gaming Authority grants operators access to infinite payment methods and banking facilities and if the licence is acquired through a Maltese corporate entity, attractive tax benefits may also be availed of.
For operators that consider setting up a physical base in Malta, Malta offers a perfect eco-system. Having been active in the igaming industry for many years, Malta has a ready supply of multilingual talent, boasting an international workforce of 10,000 working locally. Many world-renowned key suppliers and operators are also present locally, including live casino, slots and sportsbook suppliers, casino, poker and sportsbook operators, telecommunication providers, data centres and payment service providers.
The UK has a well-developed and efficient regulatory framework for online gambling. The UK Gambling Commission, established under the provisions of 2005 Act, has the authority to provide licenses and regulate gambling. As of September 2014, the UK Gambling Commission required all operators who are targeting residents of Great Britain to hold operator licences from the Gambling Commission. The new regulatory framework also requests operators to pay a 15% tax on gross profit
One major advantage of the UK jurisdiction is the simplified process of adding new games offered by different game suppliers under the same operator licence, without the need to go through any additional lengthy regulatory procedures.
Curaçao is acclaimed to be an international igaming licencing jurisdiction. Curaçao has been offering the Curaçao e-gaming license and sublicense since 1996 making it one of the first jurisdictions to regulate online gambling.
There are two ways to acquire an online gaming license in Curaçao. The first one is to obtain a master license, granted by Curaçao E-gaming Licensing Authority. This license covers all product operators, software providers, and game types. The second one, which is by far the most popular option, is to acquire a sublicense on an existing master licencee. Sublicensees and master licensees have the same rights concerning the operation of an online gaming site.
A major advantage of Curaçao is the flexibility offered by the jurisdiction in terms of games which may be offered under the same licence which do not require any specific regulatory approvals.
Although it is possible to acquire a Curaçao licence using a corporate entity domiciled elsewhere, the benefits of using a Curaçao company are clear as it allows applicants to request an Ezone permit and thus be benefited to a special tax regime that includes a net corporate income tax rate of 2%, 0% on Gross Bets, no import duties, no sales tax and no VAT.
Where we can help
Over the past decade our organisation strategically developed a specialised remote gaming practice. Our team of specialists within our igaming unit has accumulated years of experience servicing igaming companies and has been involved in licencing online gaming companies in various jurisdictions. ARQ Advisory can assist you identify the ideal remote gaming jurisdiction best suited for your purposes and assist you to determine which license category is required. Our advisors are able to assist you in the process of acquiring online gaming licences from Malta, Great Britain and Curacao and our service is all-encompassing, commencing with consultancy on technical standards and corporate structuring, to drafting a wide array of documentation required as part of the application process to representation of the applicant on the application eventually submitted to the authorities through to the end of the licencing process.
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