Vivo Gaming Confirms Curaçao Gaming License via Twitter

Vivo Gaming confirms Curaçao Gaming License has been issued – we explain what this means for the live dealer brand & how the license operates! (Image from Vivo Gaming’s Twitter account)

Another licence comes Vivo Gaming’s way as the live dealer software brand announced on its Twitter feed that it recently picked up a Curaçao Gaming License. With the new licence in place, Vivo Gaming expands its reach and will probably start appearing in the live game lobbies of top online casinos already holding the certificate.

Prior to the new licence, Vivo Gaming’s only existing iGaming certificate held by the company was its Isle of Man Gambling Supervision Commission license. However, this licence is only applicable to players in the Isle of Man looking to play games supplied by the Vivo Gaming live dealer casino platform.

On the other hand, the Curaçao Gaming License has a far wider reach, and it covers all casino games, sports betting, lotteries, poker and bingo activities under one roof.

Why Vivo Gaming was already available at Curacao regulated casinos pre-licence

That said, some of you are probably wondering why you have been able to play Vivo Gaming live titles at some online casinos prior to the recent issuance of the Curaçao Gaming License. To understand this, we need to cover how the licensing authority operates.

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.

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