The Online Gaming Sector in Curaçao
The government of Curaçao is currently in the process of realizing a complete reform and modernization of its (online) gambling legislation through a new law that will be named the Landsverordening op de kansspelen (Lok). In anticipation of the entry into force of the Lok, the Minister of Finance of Curaçao has decided to resume issuing licenses under the current law, the National Ordinance on Offshore Games of Hazard (Landsverordening buitengaatse hazardspelen, P.B. 1993, no. 63) (NOOGH). With this, the Minister of Finance wishes to create a transition framework that will contribute to a smooth transition from the existing to the new law.
In light of the foregoing, this portal is intended for:
- the application for an online gaming license pursuant to the NOOGH by operators that wish to acquire an online gaming license directly from the Curaçao Gaming Control Board (GCB), and
- the registration of operators that are currently offering online gaming in Curaçao on the basis of a contractual agreement with an existing license holder and that wish to acquire a Curacao online gaming license under current or future Curaçao law.
Applying for an Online Gaming License
In 2019 the Minister of Finance of Curaçao has been tasked with the licensing for and the supervision of the online gaming sector on behalf of the Governor of Curaçao. Since March 2020, the Curaçao Gaming Control Board (GCB) has been tasked with the licensing for and supervision of the online gaming sector on behalf of the Minister of Finance. As of November 15, 2023, the GCB shall be accepting and processing online gaming license applications from operators that wish to acquire an online gaming license directly from GCB. Licenses shall only be issued to Curaçao based companies that offer online gaming. Use the links below to learn more about the application process and the terms and conditions of a license or to download the application forms.
Registering as a Sub Licensee
Operators under master licensors can continue to operate under present conditions but need to be registered with GCB.