With a population of approximately 2,400 people, Alderney is the third largest of the British Channel Islands formed by two Bailiwicks, Guernsey and Jersey. The Bailiwick of Guernsey, a British Crown dependency, includes Alderney, Guernsey and a few other smaller islands such as Sark, Herm, Jethou and Brecqhou. As a British Crown dependency, Alderney does not form part of either the United Kingdom or the European Union. Alderney has its own government, its own law and legal framework. Taxation, banking, insurance and investment laws do as neighbouring Guernsey.
For almost three decades, since the introduction of its licensing framework in 2000, the island has been a centre for iGaming companies offering a strong regulatory structure. Alderney has a good reputation regarding taxes due to a favourable tax regime as well as its praised for its advanced technical infrastructure to operators. A certain dynamic industry as the iGaming industry is one, is in deep need of detailed regulations controlled by an independent body that ensures to be impartially and fair. In Alderney this task is carried out by Alderney Gambling Control Commission, often abbreviated to AGCC.
In a time when many jurisdictions are moving towards local licensing regimes, including the UK, the Netherlands and Spain, Alderney seems to have a focus on the Business to Business (B2B) market. By providing platforms from Alderney it hopes to encourage and cooperate with other iGaming jurisdictions to allow online gambling operators to receive platform-to-platform support. The regulation of the gambling operation on the other hand, as well as the collection of tax, will be in the hands of the iGaming jurisdiction where the gambling transactions take place.
Alderney’s online gambling licenses
Not too complicated, Alderney is offering the online gambling operators two different licenses:
A category 1 licence authorises the organisation and preparation of gambling operations, namely the registration and verification of players, the contractual relationship with them, and the management of player funds.
A category 2 licence authorises the effecting of the gambling transaction including operational management of a gambling platform located within an approved hosting centre.
Alderney Gambling Control Commission (AGCC)
Just as Alderney’s licensing framework was introduced in 2000, so was the AGCC. It was in May 2000 a commission consisting of the Chairman and three members was created. The Alderney Gambling Control Commission regulates online gambling on the island, including issuing new iGaming licences and permits internet gambling servers to be based in a hosting center in the territory of Alderney or Guernsey. The AGCC is completely independent and non-political, though it works on behalf of the States of Alderney.
iGaming licence holders Alderney
The AGCC maintains a register of iGaming licences and certificates issued over the years. This register isn’t public to all, but an extract from the register can be found on the website of the Alderney Gambling Control Commission.
Cooperation Nevada Gaming Control
In 2011 the Alderney Gambling Control Commission (AGCC) and Nevada Gaming Control Board (NGCB) signed an agreement aimed at cooperation in terms of sharing of information, knowledge and skills, expertise, as well as exchange visits and training. This step paves the way for enhanced international cooperation in the field of gaming regulation.