The online gaming industry of Curaçao has been in existence since 1993 with the signing into law of the National Ordinance on Offshore Games of Hazard. Online gaming licenses are issued by the Minister of Justice in the form of national decrees. Licensees are allowed to facilitate third party online gaming operators. Currently, the Minister of Justice is tasked with the oversight of the online gaming sector. The responsibilities of the Minister of Justice with regards to the online gaming sector will soon be transferred to the Minister of Finance.
On December 18, 2018, the Minister of Finance publicly announced that the Curaçao Gaming Control Board (GCB) will be tasked with the regulation of the online gaming sector. On February 15, 2019, the GCB was appointed the AML/CFT supervisor for all gaming sectors operating in and from Curaçao. The legislative effort to appoint the GCB as the unified gaming regulator is underway.
Legislation and Regulation
The Curaçao online gaming industry is licensed and regulated under the National Ordinance on Offshore Games of Hazard (Landsverordening buitengaatse hazardspelen, PB 1993, no. 63) and several national decrees, each representing an online gaming license or an extension thereof.