Curacao Webhosting - Online gambling server hosting

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

Sunday, 11 October 2015

Online gambling - jurisdictions - Australia

Australia gambling licenses

Australia is a developed country and one of the wealthiest in the world, with the world's 12th-largest economy. In 2014 Australia had the world's fifth-highest per capita income.


Corporate tax: 30%
Gambling tax: TBA

Who manages E-Gambling in Australia?
Australia's online gambling policies are dictated by the Interactive Gambling Act (IGA) of 2001. The Act prohibits an operator from offering online casino gaming and poker to people located in Australia. It is also illegal to advertise online casino and poker services in Australia.

The national government oversees policies for countrywide online and offline wagering, however each State/Territory within our country has its own gaming committee with specific sets of rules and regulations, and they hold primary sway.

Australian Capital Territory – ACT Gambling and Racing Commission
New South Wales – Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing
Northern Territory – Licensing Commission
Queensland – Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation
South Australia – Independent Gambling Authority
Tasmania – Tasmanian Gaming Commission
Victoria – Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation
Western Australia – Department of Racing, Gaming and Liquor

Overview:
Online lotteries and the sale of lottery tickets over the internet, as well as sports wagering and race wagering, are viewed as extensions of land-based offerings and are licensed and regulated by the individual states and territories of Australia. Wagering on a sport, race, or other event after it has already begun is not permitted, nor are keno-style games, scratch tickets, or instant lotteries.

Most Australian states and territories have licensing regimes for sports wagering and lotteries, but many of them permit only the state-authorized totalizator to offer sports betting. Tasmania licenses peer-to-peer betting exchanges.­­­­­­­


Anti-Money Laundering Policy:
The Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act 2006 (AML/CTF) Act is part of a legislative package which brings Australia into line with international best practice to deter money laundering and terrorism financing.

Australia Restrictions:
No restrictions

Contact Details:



Online casinos licensed in Australia:
Aussie DollarBingo
Golden Casket
IC Markets
LuxBet
Market Punter
NetLotto
OptionFire
StartOptions
TomWaterhouse.com
TopBetta
TopFluc
Trader711
TradeSmarter
UNiTAB Racing and Sports
XForex

Online gambling - jurisdictions - Finland

Finland gambling licenses

Finland is a Northern European nation bordering Sweden and Russia.  The Northern Lights can be seen from its Arctic Lapland province, also home to the country’s main ski resorts.  it is the eighth largest country in Europe and the most sparsely populated country in the European Union.

The first inhabitants of Finland were the Sami (Lapp) people, when Finnish speakers migrated to Finland in the first millennium, the Sami were forced to move northward to the arctic regions, with which they are traditionally associated. The Finns' repeated raids on the Scandinavian coast impelled the Swedish King Eric IX, to conquer the country in 1157. It was made a part of the Swedish kingdom and converted to Christianity.  On Jan. 1, 1999, Finland, along with ten other European countries, adopted the euro as its currency.

Corporate tax: 20%
Gambling tax: 30%

Who manages E-Gambling in Finland?
National Police Board

Overview:
There are three companies that have legal gaming licences, domestic company Veikkaus, which is state owned,  holds the license for sports betting and lotteries and has launched products for Internet and mobile phone, while domestic company Fintoto, who is privately owned, holds the license for horse race wagering and has also launched products on Internet and mobile phone. A third domestic company, Raha-automaattiyhdistys, which is state owned, holds the license for slot machines and casino games, This will broaden the scope of activities which are considered to be marketing and to directly prohibit such activities.  No marketing directly or indirectly of gaming or lotteries are allowed in Finland.

Additionally, there are no criminal codes that outlaw the act of placing a bet with an unlicensed operator. Therefore, Finish nationals are free to play at any of the many gambling sites based out of other nations. Some of the biggest gaming companies in the world accept Finns and even have Finnish language websites.


Even some of the most legally conservative gaming companies such as Bet365 and 888 happily accept customers from Finland. 


Licence Length:
Up to 5 years

Anti-Money Laundering Policy:
All operators must comply with AML legislation in force.

Online casinos licensed in Finland:
PAF and RAY run the only legal gambling sites recognized by the Finnish government.
Contact Details:
National Police Board
Gambling Administration
PO Box 50
FI-11101 Riihimäki

Email: arpajaishallinto(at)poliisi.fi
Telephone: +358 29 548 0181 (National Police Board)

Friday, 9 October 2015

Cloud systems for Curacao Businesses

Got the cash, need a reliable system?

Some of our customers have businesses that are doing incredibly well. And at some point in time they may wish to invest in their own independent systems. 

The following is a system we have built and manage for a number of customers:
  1. 1 X SAN
  2. 4 X Hypervisors
  3. Management system
  4. Switch

What we do for our customers is to virtualize the environment allowing them the ability to build game servers and management servers on the available resources. This separates the concerns of the business and opens up the door for rapid deployment.

Everything is automatically backed up and should a server crash (due to human error) it can be back up and running in minutes.

Another nice thing that can be done for development companies is to clone environments. Much like you would have a basic code foundation for new software, we have basic environments for game servers saving months of setup time.

The possibilities are endless.

For a gambling or financial services company, this system is as solid as they come.

Get in touch if you are looking for a company to build and manage your Curacao based hosting environment.