Curaçao Issues Inaugural Licenses Under Updated Legislative Regime

Curaçao Gaming Control Board Issues First Direct License And Digital Seals Under Latest Legislative Regime

The Curaçao Gaming Control Board (GCB), the official regulator of the land-based casino industry in Curaçao, has granted its first licenses under the country’s new regulatory regime. The inaugural direct license was awarded to White Star BV, a division of Rhino Entertainment Group, for its flagship brand CasinoDays. Additionally, the GCB issued Digital Seals to three well-known operators—Small House, Geeka Corporation, and Games and More—supporting all brands and domains under their jurisdiction with the formal Digital Seal of validation.

This confirmation of the license occurred just 12 weeks after the start of the licensing process for the new regime in Curaçao. The registration portal was opened in September, but applicants were not allowed to register until November 1. The portal processes fresh applications in accordance with existing legislation and registers any sub-licensee who wishes to continue operating following the adoption of the National Ordinance for Games of Chance (LOK). Once the LOK comes into force, the new Curaçao Gaming Authority (CGA) will officially enter the scene.

In response to the first licenses, Managing Director of the GCB, Cedric Pietersz, stated, “2024 heralds a transformative period in the regulatory landscape of Curaçao’s gambling sector. Since opening our doors to applications less than 12 weeks ago, the volume of submissions has far exceeded our expectations. White Star’s licensure holds a special place in our hearts and history. It signifies a pivotal moment for Curaçao’s evolution into a top-tier gambling jurisdiction with many more licenses in process.”

Ross Parkhill, CEO of Rhino Entertainment Group, added, “Being the first to receive this direct license is not only a privilege but a thrilling endorsement of our commitment to excellence and responsible gaming. We wholeheartedly support Curaçao’s enhanced regulatory processes, recognizing the added value and prestige it brings to our license. We look forward to fostering an open and communicative relationship with the GCB, ensuring a bright and compliant future for online gaming.”

Despite the strong support for the changing regime, there is still some uncertainty in Curaçao. Currently, the country operates in accordance with the National Ordinance on Offshore Games of Hazard (NOOGH) legislation, which will be amended by the LOK. In January, reports emerged that LOK had been refused, but these reports turned out to be false alarms.

Curaçao’s Minister of Finance, Javier Silvania, published a statement expressing his disapproval at the misinformation about LOK and provided 2 clarifications regarding the process, warning against misinformation and verifying that the license issuing process by the GCB remains the same.