Offshore Gaming Licensing Jurisdictions for 2024


The gaming industry had witnessed a rather bumpy ride this passing year. From Malta’s Bill 55 to Curacao’s abolishment of the master-licensing regime made the iGaming ecosystem everything but certain. However, it was not all grim. Several new iGaming licenses gained popularity albeit with some skepticism when initially introduced. After being ‘vetted’ by the industry they are the reasonable option to opt for licensing jurisdictions in 2024.

Island of Anjouan 

The Island of Anjouan emerged as a distinctive player in the regulatory landscape. Situated in the Indian Ocean, the Anjouan Gaming License offers a unique blend of accessibility and regulatory oversight. Known for its cost-effectiveness, operators, especially startups and smaller entities, find the Island of Anjouan an attractive option to utilize for their gaming ventures.

The Island of Anjouan regulation places an emphasis on streamlined processes and affordability, making it an accessible choice for entrepreneurs with a vision for innovative gaming experiences and a favorable option to increasingly stringent alternatives. The application process is straightforward, and the licensing fees are comparatively lower, allowing operators to allocate resources strategically better. The Island of Anjouan provides a platform for operators to establish their gaming operations and contribute to the growth of the industry in a responsible and sustainable manner. Moreover, the Anjouan gaming license already enjoys improved connectivity with a diverse range of payment solutions, thereby enhancing the overall operational efficiency and financial accessibility of this license.

The Philippines

The Philippines gaming sub-license rose through and as a direct result to the regulatory uncertainty in different jurisdictions and rapidly became the go-to option for operators targeting – mainly, though not exclusively – the vibrant Asian markets. The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) offers a favorable environment for gaming ventures, with its sub-license providing a unique blend of great market accessibility and adequate regulatory oversight. Only a handful of master-license holders, out of less than 40, are eligible and are in fact issued these sub-licenses, making it a rather unique license.

The PAGCOR sub-license application process is straightforward, and the licensing fees and operational costs are significantly lower. This license has witnessed a notable uptick in acceptance among payment processors and financial institutions. As the gaming industry continues to thrive in Asia, the growth in license acceptance reflects not only the jurisdiction’s practicability but also its adaptability to the evolving landscape of digital entertainment. 


While the industry is waiting impatiently for the new gaming regulation to come into effect in Q3, and provide a decent amount of certainty to one of the most popular gaming licenses, current Curacao license holders may enjoy both worlds in the interim period. They can continue operating under the old regulation and rather seamlessly transition to the new regulation when it comes into effect. Current Curacao operators have the option to either renew their current sub-license until July 2024 or apply for a temporary license that will be automatically converted into the new license when the new regulation comes into effect.

The renewal of the current sub-license allows operators to continue their operations business as usual until July 2024, after which the license will be revoked. Alternatively, applying for the temporary new license provides a pathway to transition into the new regulatory framework with a lot more ease. 

Despite the uncertainties and turmoils surrounding the new regulation, the Curacao gaming license remains a viable option for operators seeking a cost-effective and flexible licensing solution that is widely accepted by payment solutions and gaming platforms. The jurisdiction’s commitment to facilitating a smooth transition for operators to evolve with the industry, making it a favorable choice for both startups and well-established operators under either regulation.

In the dynamic landscape of offshore gaming regulation, choosing the appropriate licensing jurisdiction is an instrumental decision that profoundly affects the success and longevity of gaming ventures. Anjouan, the Philippines, and Curacao present unique benefits, meeting the diverse requirements of operators with different preferences. Whether emphasizing stringent regulation, affordability, or accessibility, operators must meticulously assess the merits and drawbacks of each jurisdiction to navigate with assurance through the ever-changing realm of offshore gaming in 2024.

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