Types of IOM Online Gaming Licenses
Isle of Man Online Gaming Licenses are normally divided into four groups
(a) The OGRA License
(b) Sub- Licenses
(c) Network Services License
(d) Licenses for Economic and Political DR.
Out of these forms, the OGRA License, Sub- Licenses and Network Services License are normally the most relevant. Empire has special expertise in application for these licenses. All Licenses and Sub-licenses have an application Fee of £ 5,000 in addition to the annual fee/ taxes.
The OGRA License
The OGRA License is the single most preferred license for online gaming activities in Isle of Man as it allows the conduct of almost all forms of games. A common list of games provided is:
- Betting exchanges
- Online casino games (roulette, blackjack, slots, etc)
- Live dealing
- Peer to peer games (poker, bingo, backgammon, Mah-jong, etc)
- Mobile phone betting
- Fantasy football (or similar)
- Financial trading (but not spread betting)
- Pari-mutuel and pool betting
- Network gaming
- Selected forms of Lotteries
- Certain spot-the-ball style games
An OGRA License holder is also allowed to provide services to Sub-License holders. An OGRA License holder has to pay a fee of £ 35,000 per annum and the license is valid for 5 years.
Sub-licenses can be applied for by operators who wish to offer the games offered by a full OGRA License holder without making any investment itself. A Sub-license holder is tied to a particular full license holder and must only offer the games of the main licensee. An upgrade to a full license is required if it wishes to offer its own games. A change from one Service provider to another is allowed only under exceptional circumstances or may require a new sub-license. The Fee for a sub-license is £ 5,000 per annum.