Domestic frameworks, for example, the UK Gambling Commission is a non-profit government organisation that requires all iGaming and sports betting companies to obtain a UKGC license to legally offer UK players their services. On the other hand, the Curaçao iGaming framework regulates online casinos that offer iGaming and sports betting services to countries where there is no domestic licensing in place, and it does this as a business in view of making a profit. So far, this is very much the same set-up as the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA).
However, unlike Curaçao’s squeaky-clean MGA licensing authority competitor, the Curaçao iGaming framework has come under some criticism. Lack of transparency, poor player protection and mediation practices in cases of casino disputes, and software providers operating at its regulated casinos with no option to gain a Curacao licence are the main gripes the wider iGaming community has voiced.
Today, the Curaçao iGaming authority is a different beast altogether. After the Netherlands bailed the economy out due to the global pandemic, one of the conditions included cleaning up its online gambling licences. E.g., become more transparent, offer better player protection, and licence software providers to guarantee their games are safe and fair. As a result, the Curaçao online gambling authority has made many changes.
Under the old rules, software providers like Vivo Gaming only needed to produce a Gaming Labs (GLC) test certificate for each of its games in order for a casino operating under the Curaçao Gaming License to include Vivo Gaming live casino titles, which is why you could play the brand’s live dealer games at these casinos already. Yet, today, software providers must operate under a Curaçao Gaming License, hence the latest announcement by Vivo Gaming, which can now continue operations at existing casinos. We actually noticed the changes a while back in our news report titled A ‘New Look for Curacao Licensed Live Casinos’. More stringent checks are now in place, player protection services are in place, and of course, new licensing is in place, so software providers are also checked properly by the Curaçao iGaming authorities.
Evolution Curacao Licensing: Recently, Evolution also picked up an Antillephone NV Curaçao Gaming License. Although it was not announced on the brands’ website, it goes to show that this licensing authority is moving forward.