In light of the recent announcement regarding the “New Curacao Legislative Framework – Critical Milestones,” made by the Minister of Finance on December 20, 2023, the Curacao Gaming Control Board (GCB) would like to provide essential information regarding the access and use of the GCB Portal.
The GCB acknowledges that there have been some misunderstandings regarding the rights of access and responsibility for the application account, separate from the requirement to notify the GCB about current licensing arrangements and operational domains used by Curacao operators (known as the “Census”) through a separate account.
I. Guidelines for Licensee Accounts:
A. Establishment of Licensee Account:
The Licensee Account is a portal-based account for Curacao entities seeking a license under the National Ordinance on Offshore Games of Chance (NOOGH).
The Licensee Account is initiated by submitting a Letter of Authorization to the GCB.
Applicants for a license can include existing operators under contractual arrangements with the Master Licensor, as well as new applicants operating under the new transitional regime.
B. Authorized Representative and Portal Administrator:
The Authorized Representative, designated through the Letter of Authorization, serves as both the portal administrator and the person responsible for the license application.
The Authorized Representative has the authority to create additional user accounts as authorized by the Lawful Representative.
C. Master Licensors and Census Accounts:
Master Licensors who are obligated to participate in the Census may open a Census Account and have portal administration rights.
Transfer of domains from the Census Account to the Licensee Account is possible with notice to the Master Licensor, as long as it is done in good faith.
D. Access Rights for Master Licensors:
Master Licensors must be granted access to Licensee Accounts by the Authorized Representative to ensure accurate Census information.
II. Mandatory Registration of Sublicensees under NOOGH:
A. Responsibilities of Master Licensors:
Master Licensors are required to register Sublicensees and associated domains on the GCB portal, in accordance with the Census requirements.
The Census Representative, appointed by the Master Licensor, oversees the Census Account and provides a digital signature on the Census Letter of Authority.
B. Census Cooperation and Deadline:
Cooperation with the Census is mandatory, and failure to comply may result in Sublicensees ceasing operations under their Master License by March 31, 2024.
The Master Licensor may continue to provide support if satisfied that a Sublicensee has submitted a valid application to the GCB.
C. Precedence of Licensee Accounts over Census Accounts:
Licensee Accounts take precedence over Census Accounts in cases where there is no Prior Census for a specific Sublicensee and related domains.
For any further inquiries or clarifications, please contact the Curacao Gaming Control Board.