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Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Tropical paradise - treasures found in the Caribbean

Breaking news:  ‘St Kitts-Nevis government to stimulate small business development”; “How Nevis Plans to Become the Greenest Island on Earth”

The Caribbean islands offer diverse opportunities for investors.  As the Caribbean population launch their own businesses, many are seeking financial backing for early stage growth, giving outsiders an opportunity to invest directly in the growth of the Caribbean economy.  Although the UN is predicting the slowest growth in the Caribbean in 2016, we still feel these islands are worth looking at for long-term investment.  One such investment is in Geothermal Energy.  



According to a Consortium, Nevis Renewable Energy International, Nevis’ long-dormant geothermal energy plans have new life…..  An agreement was signed to develop geothermal on the island and given the amount of energy estimated to exist on Nevis, opinion is that Nevis could soon export energy to nearby islands.  This project will create increased economic growth, reduce power costs and increase employment and economic opportunities for businesses and  is expected to begin operation in 2017. Based on the continued need for Foreign Direct Investment, St Kitts & Nevis have launched their Citizenship By Investment Programme.


Curacao has an open market driven economy where foreign investors may own property without restrictions.  It has a diverse economy, excellent infrastructure for doing business, friendly and well educated multilingual population, a safe environment for investments because of its established financial and legal structure and offers opportunities and incentives for inbound investment.  Exemptions on income tax, tax holidays for substantial investments in local start-ups, and special tax incentives are available.  For those who wish to use Curacao for privacy and investment diversification and asset protection, or for holding international assets there are local companies and trusts available which are also tax free.  Curacao is a member of the CBI (Caribbean Basin Initiative) a trade program which facilitates and provides duty-free access to US markets for most goods.
Many agencies within the Caribbean assist potential investors in making the right choice of investment thereby enhancing the investors’ portfolio and assisting to grow the Caribbean.
Is there any reason not to invest in these Caribbean islands?

Contact us to find out more about starting and hosting your business in the Caribbean.

Investing in the Caribbean

Investing in any Caribbean destination is the right investment opportunity choice. 

In the words of Sir Richard Branson, Founder, Virgin Group, “Let’s work together to create an entrepreneurial paradise in paradise”.  

What more could anyone want for, but to ‘Invest in Paradise’?  

This tax haven for investors is highly worthwhile for those seeking opportunities in the exciting Caribbean frontier markets which attract an excellent mix of markets, new businesses, or to expand the existing business sector.  
It is impressive that there is a strong interest in Caribbean investments due to the rich diversity of such investment opportunities, like Green Energy, an alternative energy resource and many other natural resources.  

The Caribbean provides you, the investor, with a unique opportunity for wealth creation by capitalising on global trends.  It makes an excellent case for what distinguishes the Caribbean from other destinations -  its fierce race for international capital.  

These countries have zero or very low taxation and provide confidentiality and privacy for clients.  Offering offshore financial sectors which provide offshore services to clients in the Caribbean including Nevis, Curacao and the British Virgin Islands amongst others.  

Here you will pay no local taxes on income which is earned abroad and no tax is imposed on interest earned on the offshore bank accounts guaranteeing the growth of the capital invested.
The world’s best offshore banking services can be achieved in a tax free environment by both individuals and companies found in Nevis and the Bahamas.  Without a doubt, an offshore tax haven provides clients with a safe place for asset protection.  Furthermore, the Caribbean has no capital gains tax, inheritance tax, estate tax or gift tax in place.  In the Bahamas a twenty (20) years tax exemption is guaranteed by the offshore companies’ legislation.
Investing in the Caribbean is an opportunity for investors who are seriously interested in taking advantage of the Caribbean’s very friendly investment climate.

Are you finally taking the step to freedom and banking in a low tax jurisdiction?

If not … why not?

Contact us to find out more about how we can assist you in starting and hosting your business in the Caribbean.

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

BET O LOGIC

At the I.C.E show, in London, earlier this year we caught up with some of the betting and gaming companies, during the course of the next few weeks we will be showcasing some of the companies that we met up with.



With over a decade of experience specialising in development and integration of a broad range of programming, data base design, client-server and internet/intranet software applications, betologic is the company to use when searching for the perfect betting solutions.

Operating from Cyprus, their vision involves getting engaged and improving their customers business processes by delivering outstanding support and supplying high standard IT services and products.
Betologic is committed to meet directly with their customers requirements and needs, and together they collaborate with the appropriate field specialists.

Their personnel consist of specialists in their field of work, from developers and researchers to the best-of-the breed IT talents and expertise.

A broad range of services are offered to their clients.  To name a few, their services include, hosting; designing; development; configuration; integration and implementation of innovative software for wide-sector and high-risk IT projects.

The following products are also available from betologic:

SHOP BETTING:
Specially designed for betting shops.  This modern all-in-one POS, has the printer and scanner service integrated into the device.  It provides complete support of the entire betting process.
This product can be installed on an unlimited number of dedicated terminals of the betting organization.  It also offers a direct, professional and high quality betting channel.
The shop owner is able to use their existing HW-BET (handwritten bet forms or request ne customized HW-BET forms according to the needs of the betting shop.  One is also able to specify the specific bet data that needs to be entered and validated by the system.
The features that this terminal offers are unbelievable and below is a list of some of the advantages:

·         E-Bet Support
·         OMR-BET Support (Mark Sense) Form Support
·         Barcode Reader and Bet Slip Integration Scanner
·         Send and Receive Announcements
·         Real-Time Data Feed and Updates
·         Offline Bet Support
·         Shop Report and Receipt Generator
·         Profitability Analysis and Reporting
·         Betting and Transaction History
·         Shop Accounting and Audit Trails
·         Shop User Management and Privilege Management
·         Multi-Language and Multi-Currency Support
·         Customer Management
·         Extra Displays Support
·         Royalty Client Card/Membership Support
·         Self Service Terminals Software and Integration Support


INTERNET BETTING:
The internet betting product offered ensure secure transactions, account management and high performance betting services. They are designed specifically to care for your specific needs and the functionalities that are required by any booking organisation.
Internet betting may be customised and called to include particular services for betting shops, mobile and teletext betting.
The features are as follows:

·         Fully Customizable Functionality
·         High Quality Web Design
·         Secure and Transparent Processes
·         Efficient and Reliable Betting Platform
·         Fully Scalable and Maintainable Architecture
·         Multi-Language Support
·         Secure Payment Transaction Processing
·         Multiple Payment Methods
·         Use of Future-Proof-Technologies
·         Multi-Browser Support


MOBILE BETTING:
The multi-platform application offered for mobile betting supports creating and accessing accounts.  One is also able to browse for opportunities, place bets, check current bets placed and account status.
This product supports various smart phone operating systems, for example, the Nokia's Symbian OS, Apple's iOS, RIM's BlackBerry, Microsoft's Windows Phone OS, Linux, Palm WebOS, Google's Android, Samsung's Bada OS and Nokia's Maemo.
Basic advantages:
·         Access to Real-Time Betting Services
·         Instant Notifications of Updates
·         Access from Anywhere and at Anytime
·         Optimized Navigation Interfaces


SELF SERVICE BETTING:
The software offered for self-service betting terminals or kiosks can be installed on a variety of platforms and can be placed within the premises of betting shops. The terminals can be integrated with the betting shop system, so that a centralized accounts system can be accessed and optionally, utilize a selection from the following hardware interfaces: touch screen terminal, LCD terminal, keyboard and mouse, bank note reader, card reader, ticket printer and receipt printer.
Self-service terminals provide the customer with a user-friendly and an easy to handle interface. It also allows customers to conduct betting transactions in a secure and controlled environment.  You are able to browse opportunities for markets and events, and complete betting activities with a direct link to the central system by using coins and banknote slots. The self-service terminals can be optionally branded with the bookmakers' own brand name with graphic art/design.
Basic features:
·         Easy to Use and Handle Interface
·         Intelligent Transaction Processing and Bill Validator
·         Multi-Language Support
·         Fully-Integrated with the Central Shop System
·         Secure Transaction Processing


TELEPHONE BETTING:
The telephone betting product promotes professional direct betting channels for customers that cannot visit betting shops, online sports books or use online applications.
This betting channel offers both deposit and credit account services, instant update on betting opportunities and professional betting services for customers. 
The customer can be informed on the latest odds either on the phone or through the teletext and place bets for the range of sports available.
Basic advantages:
·         Custom Navigation Menus
·         Direct Access to Real-Time Betting Services
·         Instant Update on Account and Bet Status
·         Accessed from Anywhere and at Anytime


BACK OFFICE MANAGEMENT:
This is the all in one product to tie up any of your betting requirements.
The back office system automates the management, control and monitoring of the core aspects of the betting business. The innovative platform supports management and administration over a selection of specialized services, and supports any-size betting organization; a unified control centre for betting shops, betting terminals, website(s), mobiles, call centre(s) and many other custom-build modules specified by the organization.
The suite ensures provision and customization of live scores of sports and matches, and has integrated fully-featured functions to carry out efficiently and consistently the whole betting process.
It guarantees a high level of security and performance, an in-depth business risk analysis, real-time reporting and fraud control. Dynamic configurations allow detailed user, betting shop activity analysis, real-time alerts and notifications, efficient and extensive management tools for intelligent decision support and statistics with pin-point accounts accuracy for payments, losses and margins.
Basic features:
·         Security and Fraud Detection
·         Real-Time Risk Management
·         Automatic P&L Calculations
·         Intelligent Decision Support
·         Multi-Level Automatic and Custom Market and Odds Management
·         Instantaneous Statistics
·         Continuous Reporting
·         Centralized Control


With their innovative iBet products and advanced technology features, for all types of businesses and customers, you couldn’t go wrong with BET O LOGIC.

Want to start your own casino?

To offer a casino from Curacao you will need:

  1. A reliable trust/management company
  2. A license
  3. Servers
  4. And games to offer your audience
CuracaoWebhosting.com works with the top companies in Curacao offering a reliable and affordable service to the industry. We are based from ECP (the islands premier data center) and host a variety of local and international gaming companies.

If you are interested in starting your very own gambling business and offering Bet O Logic games, get in touch - we will help you get started with your venture.

Thursday, 11 February 2016

Buy your Gambling TLD (Domain Name)

Did you know, you can register domain names such as:


  1. .lottery
  2. .poker
  3. .casino
  4. .bet
  5. .tab


So if you had a poker room, you could name it: PlayCards.Poker or if you wanted to promote Casino related products: PlayAtMy.Casino could be a good one!


To get your very special casino related domain name, visit our domain registration pages

Monday, 8 February 2016

Let us manage your Gambling Servers

When it comes to servers, we have a bit of experience.

In fact myself and my associates were playing with servers before the internet was the internet (if you know what I mean). And when the internet did happen to come around, well, we were the guys with old desktop units setup to serve the world our brilliant new idea...

The following image more or less reflects what our original "data center" may have looked like. No more than a couple of skadonks on a desk serving the world through a super fast 256kbps connection.



Well times have changed.

The messy office has been replaced with a Data Center and serving websites from stand alone machines have become a thing of the past.

Today we work with Hypervisors, Control Panel Servers, Database Servers and Backup servers networked together via some switches. Together, these machines act as our "cloud" and on top of this we build our virtualized server environment. In essence these are servers running in memory if you please.

If you were to see our hardware in a rack, it would more or less look like this:



Quite a change from the old office we used to call home!

A flow diagram would look something like this:



In the flow diagram, the Host Servers would be our "HyperVisors" and the Storage servers would represent backup and storage. In addition the Host Servers are loaded with SSD drives while the backup servers are loaded with Spindle drives.

Whats pretty cool about this setup is the fact that it is totally redundant and highly flexible. For a gaming operation that may require new servers at the click of a button, or a game development company that may require pre-configured games deployed in seconds, anything is possible.

But not only that, if you take a look at the flow diagram you will notice it is really simple to duplicate an environment meaning we can easily have a rapid failover solution (which we do).

So who can afford such a thing?

Well, most people can't. A "Starter Cloud" could cost in the region of $50K with minimal resources and a well established one would be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The good news is this, for as little as $170 USD, you can have a gambling server running on one of our cloud gaming environments and have all the benefits without the expense.

To find out more, contact us today: http://support.curacaowebhosting.com/contact.php






Thursday, 28 January 2016

Curacao paving the way to investing in startup Gambling Companies

We would not be in the gambling business today if we had not started at a time when you could get online and gaming for as little as $25 per month.



And that is exactly how we started. A cheap shared hosting account and a processor who was happy to give us an aggregated merchant account and distribute funds to a personal bank account. My office consisted of a computer that destined for the dump and a sofa that doubled up as my bed. I worked 20 hour days for two years and my time was spend figuring out ways to market a product on a zero budget.

That was 17 years ago.

Today things are different for us and for new startups. While we no longer need to sleep on sofas, the new startup faces a new set of challenges in order to get going with their new venture.

The main challenge is that it has become an expensive and regulated industry with checks and balances in place to keep the industry honest. These checks and balances come at a price and you can read about the Curacao costs here to get an understanding of what is now involved in setting up your new gaming business.

What some startups have been doing is going the alternative currency route (think BitCoin, LiteCoin). Since these currencies are not recognised it means they can significantly cut regulation related costs in order to get online and trading.

How we help the new startup:

If I look back at how we got started and the path that has led us to this point in time, the main factor that aided us was cash flow and the preservation of cash. In plain english, we kept our costs as low as possible and did not spend our capital frivolously. That and a lot of hard work.

With regulatory requirements:
  1. Company structures / Trusts
  2. Licensing
  3. Hosting and Hardware
  4. Administration fees (opening e-wallet accounts,  bank accounts, processing)
  5. etc.
This can become an expensive exercise.

Now many startups will seek investors who will pay a lump sum of cash in return for a chunk of the business. This cash is typically spent on the infrastructure required and of course marketing.

If you are not lucky enough to have an investor, then you either have to go the BitCoin route and start on a wafer thin budget or look to a business such as ours where we have the pre-existing infrastructure you require to setup your venture.

So we offer a number of models as a form of investment:

Gaming JV - We take care of regulation, you build and run the business. We do not get involved in the technical aspects of the venture (unless asked). We play an administrative role in the venture in return for a discounted monthly fee and a 5% stake.

Your costs/liabilities would include:
  1. Monthly fee ($600 - $1000 + ) (depending on what we need to license and put in place)
  2. Hosting: Our VPS servers start at $170
Cloud Gaming Venture - For the game developer or entrepreneur who is unable to afford a JV type venture, we offer our cloud gaming system. This is a licensed platform that we operate on an affiliate basis. The added bonus is that we have built the system so that it can easily be plugged into new games (so long as they have the required RNG certificates).


Your costs/earnings:
  1. The hardware we provide for your game is free.
  2. Your game will earn 15% of gross net revenue (which is paid to you)
  3. If you setup an affiliate arrangement to promote your game, your are paid 50% of the gross net revenue of your affiliate income i.e. (100% - 15%) / 2.

For the startup this is a really nice starting point. You get hardware in a licensed jurisdiction, your servers paid for, and your game will be exposed to other affiliates promoting the networks games.

The only cost you may incur, is if you wish to setup a local website for the game, this would cost less than $30 per month.

Realistically speaking a gaming enterprise will cost approximately €40,000 EUR per annum if run from Curacao (this excludes salaries, hardware, maintenance and other costs you may be subjected to). With this in mind you can quickly evaluate the value of the models offered.

One thing is for sure: If you are able to setup a successful business through either model, and find yourself in a position where you would like to go it alone. We will support you in this endevour and assist you with all aspects of the process.

Our primary goal is to provide a space where new gaming businesses can be incubate. In the long terms this means more business to Curacao and more confidence in the countries integrity when supporting the new business venture.

Should you be interested in speaking with us contact us via our support desk.

For more information on costs in Curacao, have a read here.




Friday, 6 November 2015

Online gambling - jurisdictions - Germany

Germany gambling licenses

The Federal Republic of Germany lies in the heart of Europe and is a cosmopolitan, democratic. Germany has one of the world’s strongest economies and offers an innovative research and education landscape. At the same time it has a strong creative economy and a dynamic cultural scene. Germany is the European Union’s most populous nation with 82 million inhabitants.


Corporate tax: 15%
Gambling tax: TBA%


Who manages E-Gambling in Germany?
The Interstate Treaty on Gambling (ISTG) does not permit online casino games whatsoever and there is a maximum of 20 licences that can be granted to sports betting operators at any one time.
Though in 2012 the state of Schleswig-Holstein granted approximately 50 licenses for online sports bets and online casino games.

Overview:
In 2013, Schleswig Holstein’s gambling law (in force for about a year) was ended by Germany's newly elected state government. The reversal of the act was criticised by the EU Commission as it was done without sufficient justification. As of February 2013, all German federal states have adopted the ISTG (the Interstate Treaty in Gambling). While administrative courts generally tended to agree to the prohibition orders issued against private providers of online gambling services in the past, 2014 saw quite a number of court decisions which favoured private provider. The small Federal State of Schleswig Holstein, under which more than 50 licenses for online gambling and sports betting had been granted though the act was withdrawn in 2013, the licenses granted are valid until 2018 (six years).

The Schleswig-Holstein gambling act read as follows “Under Paragraph 19, section one, foreign operators will be allowed to apply for a licence if they are based in the EU or the EEA. The original wording of the law, according to which operators were required to have their “registered office, central administration or principal place of business” in one of the EU/EEA states has been changed to registered office, central administration or place of business”, which means that to have a place of business in the above mentioned areas will be all that is sufficient. Allowed to authorise one casino to move its products online. As the European Commission indicated in its detailed opinion according to the ruling of the Court of Justice of the European Union, to require operators of online casino games to have a permanent seat in Germany is a restriction on the freedom of services and as such it has to be indispensable to achieve the goals of the regulation.”



Anti-Money Laundering Policy:
The country’s legislation is fully incorporated with the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) Forty Recommendations on Money Laundering.

Country Restrictions:
Sports betting are allowed but not online games of chance.

Online casinos licensed in Schleswig Holstein:
onlinecasino.de
casino-spiele