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), under strict(er) conditions as of November 2023. 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:
A significant number of operators – in practice referred to as sub licensees - are currently operating under one of the licenses granted to four of the license holders on the basis of the National Ordinance on Offshore Games of Hazard (Landsverordening buitengaatse hazardspelen, P.B. 1993, no. 63) (NOOGH). The government of Curacao wishes to obtain a picture of the number of sub licensees in Curaçao that are considering to apply for a license on the basis of the current and future law and the number of domains that are used under their operations. For this reason, these operators must register themselves through this portal, before they can apply for a license under the existing or future law. Such registration will be possible as of November 1, 2023 until the new law enters into force.
Only operators established in Curaçao and operating under an existing license issued on the basis of the NOOGH are allowed to register themselves through this portal as a sub licensee and to update their account where required. Operators that register themselves should submit the required information through the portal, so that the GCB can verify that they are indeed legally established in Curacao and operating under an existing license. A successful registration does not entail any form of regulatory approval of the operations of the sub licensee.
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 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.