Multi-jurisdictional Licensing

Whether you are an early stage or established gaming operator, no one is better placed to guide you through the process of preparing and submitting your licence applications.

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The expertise available within Amber Gaming is unrivalled. With a dedicated team of specialists and a record of preparing and project managing over 70 international licences, we are fully equipped and resourced to project manage even the most complex and demanding licence application. 

Each licensing jurisdiction has its own frameworks, conditions and expectations needed to succeed. Having worked across all of the major international licensing jurisdictions, we have established good working relationships with the regulators, a sound knowledge of jurisdictional requirements and a network of intermediaries to help you navigate the gaming landscape.

Gibraltar

Gibraltar is a well-regulated and supportive jurisdiction, regulated by the Gibraltar Gambling Commission. Gibraltar traditionally only considered licensing applications from 'blue chip' companies with a proven track record in gambling in other jurisdictions, though they now also consider the licensing of appropriately funded start-ups and expanding operations  relocating from other jurisdictions. 

Gibraltar is a hub for UK-facing operators, but it also a good jurisdiction for businesses wishing to enter emerging non-European markets.

Isle of Man

Regulated by the Isle of Man Gambling Supervision Commission (GSC), the Isle of Man is considered a tier one jurisdiction due to its robust regulatory approach and straightforward and mature licensing regime. The GSC is also seen as a very experienced, approachable and pro-active regulator who understands unregulated markets extremely well. 

Whilst well-considered for many business types, the island is particularly well utilised by Asia-facing operators. The standard rate of corporate tax there is 0% and gaming duty is charged as a percentage of the gross gaming yield between 0.1% to 1.5%.

The Isle of Man has one operator's licence to fit all types of activity, including standard B2C, network services and software suppliers.

Jersey

Jersey is overseen by the Jersey Gambling Commission (JGC). Jersey offers licences for five main categories: operators, platform providers, software designers, testing houses and hosting providers.

Many globally recognised operators and platform providers are licensed in Jersey. It is common for operators aiming at the UK market to consider dual Jersey and UK licensing, as with careful structuring Jersey can be used as an effective operational base for targeting the UK market.

The standard rate of corporate tax in Jersey is 0%.

Malta

Regulated by the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA), Malta is a diverse and innovative hub for the gaming industry. It is the jurisdiction of choice for many operators wishing to establish European hub.

Since 2018, Malta has provided a simplified licensing process that offers two licence types: a Gaming Service Licence for B2C and a Critical Gaming Supply Licence for B2B. The regulatory framework covers games of chance, games of chance and skill and skill games.

The MGA requires the applicant company to meet the prescribed minimum issued paid up share capital requirements. A maximum requirement of €240,000, these funds can be used for operational purposes. The standard rate of corporate tax in Malta is 35% and with careful structuring can be reduced to an effective rate of 5% for non-resident beneficial owners.

United Kingdom

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) is often seen as an industry leader in terms of player protection regulations and their legislation is constantly evolving to reflect the industry’s needs not just in the United Kingdom, but worldwide. As such, the UKGC operate a strict licensing regime and their processes are continually reviewed to ensure the best outcome for both players and operators. 

To provide remote gambling facilities within the UK an operator needs a UK licence, which come in B2B and B2C forms. Operators who manufacture, supply, adapt or install gambling software which is used by UK licensed operators will need to hold a ‘gambling software’ licence.

Note that key personnel responsible for certain identified activities will be required to hold a personal management licence with the UKGC, in addition to any corporate licence.

Other leading global jurisdictions

Our team has project-managed licence applications all over the world, so our expertise is not limited to just the key licensing jurisdictions listed above. Other jurisdictions we have worked with include but aren't limited to:

  • Alderney
  • Argentina
  • Bahamas
  • Curacao
  • Ireland

If the jurisdiction that interests you isn't listed above, please get in touch with us to see if we are able to help.

Global Expertise

Over the past decade, we have developed a broad knowledge of the gaming sector and the advantages and disadvantages of each licensing jurisdiction. Using our expertise and resources, we offer you the guidance to select the optimal gaming jurisdiction for your organisation and your vision, and support you through the process to ensure an efficient and successful licensing application. 

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Summary of Services
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Analysis

A thorough analysis of your key customer groups, target geographical markets and  development strategies to identify the most relevant licensing jurisdiction.

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Structuring

Bespoke corporate structuring and strategy development to protect intellectual property and mitigate international taxation and gaming duty.

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Consultancy

Unbiased and objective licensing consultancy across all major offshore and onshore gaming jurisdictions, to help you select the most appropriate regulator and licence type.

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Preparation

Preparing all necessary policies, procedures and manuals according to the specific requirements and conditions of the chosen jurisdiction.

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Project Management

Project manage entire application procedure, liaising with regulatory authorities and discussing all aspects of the business proposition.

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Ongoing Liaison

Providing ongoing liaison with the relevant licensing authority throughout the process and attending licensing hearings where required.

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"From initial licensing assistance through to providing the full suite of corporate, accounting, tax and trust services, we have enjoyed our professional relationship with Amber, enhanced by personal relationships and friendships formed over six years."
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