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October 30, 2023
Since 1993 the Government of Curaçao has been authorized by National Ordinance on Offshore Games of Hazard to grant online gaming licenses (pursuant to the Landsverordening buitengaatse hazardspelen, P.B. 1993, no. 63) (NOOGH), initially granted by the Minister of Justice; and subsequently thereafter the following events have occurred:
Currently there are five (5) known active NOOGH licenses, whereby four cater to the ecosystem of sub-licensing, referring to themselves as Master License Holders: (i) Antillephone (APS), (ii) Curacao E-Gaming (CEG), (iii) Gaming Curacao (GC) and (iv) Curacao Interactive Licensing (CIL).
As per November 15, subject to the choice of the applicant’s desire to obtain a license to operate a game of chance in Curacao, the Government of Curacao will accept new applications for the NOOGH License; this implies that the Government of Curacao will issue new licenses under the existing legislation (LBH) to B2C operators (only) for a term of one (1) year subject to the expected LOK enactment.
Conditions of the NOOGH license allow GCB to create regulatory policies for licensing and supervision; the basis for these conditions will be focused on:
Based on the expectations of the Minister of Finance, operators offering online gaming activities directly with an NOOGH license will be granted (by operation of law) a provisional LOK license for the duration of six (6) months; and if required, this provisional permit can be legally extended for an additional period of six (6) months thereafter.
No application fees. The registration is completely free of charge.
The application process of the NOOGH license will be made available by the GCB through an online portal. This portal will contain application forms and relevant information, including application and registration requirements. The application process will consist of two (2) phases:
Any party that falls within the following objectives can apply for the NOOGH license:
Pertaining to the complete application, the term of the decision will be made within two months; whereby the validity period will be for one year from the date of issuance subject to the intended LOK enactment. All approved applicants will receive a dynamic seal which is to be placed on all approved websites to validate the license.
In the event an applicant for an NOOGH license is denied an objection can be filed to the Minister/GCB within 6 weeks of the decision; lodging an appeal with the court within 6 weeks of that decision.
Within the online portal, NOOGH applicants will be required to complete the following three (3) application forms :
Upon handling of the license application, the GCB will focus on:
It’s important to take note that only legal entities incorporated under the laws of Curacao, with a registered office in Curacao, can apply for an NOOGH license.
The NOOGH license fee will be ANG 120,000 (approx. EUR 63,000) annually, payable in monthly installments of ANG 10,000 (approx. EUR 5,200) per month, for the listing of 40 domains/licenses.
To get started, please contact [email protected] for more details on how to set up your legal entity and apply for the NOOGH/LBH license.
Timeline of the pictogram
September 1, 2023 – opening registration portal GCB
April (Q2), 2024 – expected enactment of the LOK legislation
March, 2024 – existing sub-licensees must apply for LOK license within 3 months of the enactment; all sub-licensees operating under an NOOGH 'Master' license umbrella must seize operations 9 months after the LOK enactment upon approval of the LOK license application
March, 2024 – 6 month LOK temporary license granted automatically to existing NOOGH licensees, or to LOK license application with minor amendments, with the ability to extend for an additional 6 months.
September 2024 – All exemptions to the LOK will end, thus assuring that all active iGaming activities operate under a LOK license or activities seized immediately.
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