With a population of approximately 2,400 people, Alderney is the third largest of the British Channel Islands. It’s formed by two Bailiwicks, Guernsey and Jersey. The Bailiwick of Guernsey, a British Crown dependency, includes Alderney and Guernsey, as well as 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.
Two decades ago, in 200, Alderney introduced its licensing framework. Ever since, the island has been a centre for iGaming companies offering a strong regulatory structure. Alderney has a good reputation regarding taxes due to a favorable tax regime. The jurisdiction is also 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. The Alderney Gambling Control Commission (AGCC) carries out this task.
At the present time, many jurisdictions are moving towards local licensing regimes. However, Alderney seems to have a focus on the Business to Business (B2B) market. Alderney hopes to cooperate with other iGaming jurisdictions to allow online gambling operators to receive platform-to-platform support. The regulation of the gambling operation and the collection of taxes 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 license authorizes the organization 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 license authorizes 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. In May 2000, Alderney created a commission consisting of the Chairman and three members. The Alderney Gambling Control Commission regulates online gambling on the island. The authority’s main task include issuing new iGaming licences. Additionally, the commission permits internet gambling servers to be based in a hosting center within the territory. 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, but an extract from the register can be found on the website of the AGCC.
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.