The Isle of Man has a world-class reputation as an eGaming jurisdiction and as home to some of the biggest players in the game, you can be sure that you'll be in good company with an Isle of Man gambling licence.
Our online gambling licences are provided by the Isle of Man Gambling Supervision Commission, whose priority is to:
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eGaming businesses in any jurisdiction require an excellent source of advisers and service providers, so it is reassuring to know that the Isle of Man benefits from excellent legal, accountancy and fiduciary firms with direct experience in online gaming. Each firm can guide you through all aspects of relocating to the Isle of Man, from the licensing process to incorporating your business in the Island.
The Island has an advanced telecommunications infrastructure with cutting-edge fixed and mobile telecoms networks and highly resilient bandwidth connectivity delivered through top-tier data centres offering gaming specific expertise and industry leading DDOS mitigation solutions.
These factors have enabled the Isle of Man to become a significant player within the eGaming industry and has helped a significant cluster of firms to establish themselves in the Island.
The eGaming team's goal is to support licence applications with strategic counsel, practical support and a high quality service delivered in a timely manner. They will support and guide you through the process of applying for a gambling licence and help you to establish and grow your business in the Isle of Man.
The team can introduce you to our extensive network of local service providers and advisors that have a wealth of experience and expertise in the eGaming sector and who can help you set up your business quickly, cost-efficiently and successfully.
When it comes to employing your work force, the team can also help with immigration and work permit applications to help ensure that you get the right people in the right jobs at the right time.
Where is the Isle of Man?
The Isle of Man is located in Irish Sea and is part of the British Isles. It is a self-governing British Crown dependency and is home to a diverse range of business sectors from eGaming and blockchain to finance and insurance.
The Isle of Man Gambling Supervision Commission (GSC) regulates online gaming and gambling. GSC licence holders benefit from a whole host of Island services, including expert advisors, resilient telecoms and power infrastructure and world-class data centres for data hosting.
Do I need a gambling Licence?
If you are performing activities such as registering players, offering the gamble and striking the bet using Isle of Man infrastructure you will need to be licensed under the Online Gambling Regulation Act 2001(OGRA).
However not all gaming related activities require an OGRA Licence. For example marketing, free-play games with no prizes, administration of gaming companies, call centres, customer support, disaster recovery provisions and the design/sales/testing/maintenance of software do not require a licence.
What’s the advantage of choosing an Isle of Man eGaming Licence?
The Isle of Man has earned the reputation of being an innovative regulator, always at the forefront of new developments. Integrity is of the utmost importance to the Island, with crime free gambling and player protection at the heart of its licensing regime.
The credibility of being able to demonstrate a company is upholding Isle of Man standards of corporate governance, especially with regards to AML/CFT/KYC requirements, is invaluable for companies looking for B2B partnerships, investment, financial services and respect. Additionally, the unblemished record of player protection ensures players feel confident their funds are safe with an Isle of Man licensee.
Alongside a whole host of financial benefits, the Isle of Man has a quick and simple licence application process that aims to provide you with a decision between 10 and 12 weeks from submission of the application; this speedy process ensures your business will be fully operational as quickly as possible.
Which licence do I need?
The type of licence you need is determined by your business activity. Activities covered by each of our licences is as follows:
This is the most popular licence and will allow you to perform B2C activities such as offering the game, striking the bet and registering players as well as B2B activities such as offering Sub-Licences and White Labels to other operators. One licence covers all gaming verticals, poker, bingo, sportsbook, slots, casino, mah-jong, esports etc. as well as new ideas and unique games.
The Network Licence carries the same privileges as the Full Licence but in addition, you may use the Network Licence to accept players from global operators (Network Partners) on to your gameplay and back office servers without registering them. This is useful for pooling liquidity as well as operating networks and progressive jackpots.
Sub-Licence holders must have an exclusive relationship with a Full Licence holder in which they only offer the products the Full Licensee they ‘sub’ under is licensed to offer. If a Sub-Licence holder wishes to offer further products from a different supplier they need to upgrade to a Full Licence. Therefore the Sub-Licence is more suited to smaller operators who have no requirement to use various sources of content.
This is an elective licence, meaning it is possible to offer software provision services from the Isle of Man and to Isle of Man B2C licensees with or without a licence. After receiving numerous requests from Software Suppliers who wanted to demonstrate their credibility by showing the highly regarded Isle of Man badge on their website this licence was launched in 2019.
This licence can cover traditional software supplies such as slots, casinos, platforms, back office functions and live dealer studios as well as re-sellers of these products allowing operators and software providers to be assured their B2B partners are operating to high standards of corporate governance and minimise the risk of tainting the supplier’s reputation and funds.
The Software licence enables a business to list all of its game and platform content on the Approved Software Registry which facilitates fast and easy deployment of games for operators.
This licence is for the supply of software products that involve cryptocurrency and/or blockchain products for the gaming sector. As with the Software Supplier Licence, this licence is elective, it is possible to offer these products to Isle of Man licensee without licensing them with the Gambling Supervision Commission.
Does token-based gambling require an additional licence?
No, this comes as part of the standard licensing.
How complicated is the licensing process with the Isle of Man?
The licensing process in the Isle of Man is very straightforward. You are never far away from expert support and advice from both the Digital Isle of Man team and our Island’s world-class service providers, who will be able to guide you through the licensing process, business incorporation and beyond.
How long does it take to get a gambling Licence?
Once a licence application is lodged, you can expect a 10-12 week turnaround time.
Do I need to be an Isle of Man company?
An Isle of Man company will need to be incorporated, with 2 resident Directors, to become the licence holder. Licensees are also required to have either an Operations Manager or Designated Official resident on the Isle of Man, it is possible for one of the Directors to fulfil this role.
How much does a licence cost?
£35,000 per annum
£50,000 per annum
£5,000 per annum (conditions apply)
Software Supplier Licence
£35,000 per annum
Token/Blockchain based Software Supplier Licence
£50,000 per annum
All licence applications are subject to an application fee of £5,000. A new application is required every 5 years.
What are the applicable tax rates?
Gambling Duty is based on gross gaming yield/profit, not turnover and paid at the following rates per annum:
Can an Isle of Man licence holder offer the gamble of crypto currencies?
Yes, all our licences allow for the use of crypto-currency as a method of deposit, staking and withdrawal. There is no extra licensing required to offer crypto-gaming. This legislation has been in place since January 2017.
What about digital assets such as skins for esports titles?
This is perfectly allowable, skins can be gambled in a safe and KYC transparent and compliant fashion under an Isle of Man licence.
What gambling activities are covered by your various licences?
All types of gambling verticals, software provision and the use of digital assets such as cryptocurrencies and skins are covered by an Isle of Man gambling licence.
Once issued, what is the process for Licence renewal?
Licence applications must be renewed every 5 years, with a £5,000 application fee payable.
Does the licence holder need to bank in the Isle of Man?
No, banking outside of the Isle of Man is permitted with the basic requirement being the bank is Basel II compliant. However the Isle of Man has a number of specialist banks that will work with the operator to provide international banking services to meet both their operational needs and regulatory requirements for player funds.
Do my servers have to be based in the Isle of Man?
The servers, where the bets are struck, should be hosted in the Isle of Man (unless waiver agreed or operating under a Software Supplier's Licence). Players should be registered on servers located in the Isle of Man (unless waiver agreed or operating under a Network Services Licence or Software Supplier Licence).
What does Brexit mean for the Isle of Man?
As the Isle of Man is independent from the EEA and EU, there is no direct impact on the Island’s eGaming regime from Brexit and Isle of Man licensees remain unaffected. In fact, the Isle of Man can offer a position of certainty to operators and suppliers and its licensees continue to thrive, profiting from the global partnerships that the Isle of Man’s vast international connections provide.