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Regulation Online Casinos

Online casinos are legal in most parts of the world. When it comes to regulation, many governments in the world have written laws specifically related to the legality of Igaming; strict guidelines and regulations that ensure that the casinos operate legitimately.

A major challenge for operators, as both laws and enforcement vary by region, country, or – such as the United States – even by state level. There is no sector-specific legislation in the field of Igaming services in the EU. EU countries are autonomous in the way they organize their Igaming services.

Monopolistic regimes have been established in some European jurisdictions offering Igaming services. These are managed by a state-controlled public operator or by a private operator on the basis of an exclusive right.

However, a growing number of EU countries have established licensing systems that allow more than one operator to offer services on the market. Under EU law, no particular system is preferred over the others.

The online Igaming world can be divided into three sectors:

Legal Markets

This concerns countries where Igaming is legal and where operators are required by law to have a license. For example Belgium, Spain and - from 2021 - the Netherlands.

Gray Markets

This concerns countries where no country-specific laws and regulations exist for Igaming (yet). To enable regulation, operators must hold a worldwide Igaming license (Malta, Curaçao, etc.). The limited rules offer opportunities for operators: low tax rates, higher revenues. For example Brazil, Canada, Colombia and Germany.

Illegal Markets

This concerns countries where Igaming is prohibited by law. For example Turkey, Poland, Iran, Iraq and China.

Fair play

Gaming and Gambling works under a Curaçao license. All software and games undergo an annual audit (by the gaming authority) to ensure that all necessary laws and regulations are met. This eliminates the sensitivity of the games to manipulation and ensures fair play.