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Curaçao will start issuing new online gaming licenses as from September 2023

Curaçao will start issuing new online gaming licenses as from September 2023

During iGaming NEXT in Malta, Javier Silvania announced that Curaçao will issue new online gaming licenses from September 2023. The gambling licenses will first be issued by the current regulator, the Gaming Control Board. Once the Curaçao Gaming Authority is fully operational, they will issue the permits.

One of the speakers at iGaming NEXT in Malta was the Curaçao Minister of Finance, Javier Silvania. In his speech, the minister explained the situation in Curaçao, where the introduction of the new gambling law is awaiting. If everything goes as planned, the National Ordinance on Games of Chance will be introduced in October 2023.

Permits issued in Curaçao from September 2023

Silvania confirmed this during his speech in Malta. He informed those present about the new regulator to be established, the Curaçao Gaming Authority (CGA), the organization that will succeed the current Gaming Control Board (GCB). The new regulator will start issuing the new permits from September 2023.

The National Ordinance on Games of Chance changes the system in Curaçao, and will eventually put an end to the construction with master licenses and sublicences. Instead of the master license holders, the issuing of licenses will become the task of the games of chance supervisor on the island.

The current supervisor will still play a role in the first period after the introduction of the National Ordinance on Games of Chance. Silvania reported during iGaming NEXT that the GCB will issue the first licenses until the new gaming regulator is fully operational.

Last hurdle

Before the new gambling law can be introduced, the Advisory Council (RvA) still has to issue advice on the National Ordinance on Games of Chance. At the beginning of June 2023, the draft law was sent to the Advisory Council with a request for urgent advice. Previously, the law was also assessed by the Social and Economic Council and the Temporary Work Organization. The advice that resulted from this would have already been processed by the minister before the law was presented to the RvA.


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