Gambling Webhosting and Licensing

Monday, 18 March 2013

Curacao Webhosting

Curaçao is an island in the southern Caribbean Sea and is the premier location for offshore webhosting for businesses targeting the America's. 

It is an ideal location if you depend on robust and diverse connectivity and boasts one of the best connected Data Centers in the Caribbean offering carrier neutral access to various ISP’s on multiple subsea fiber routes to and from the Island of Curaçao, including both ARCOS and Americas II.

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HOST YOUR BUSINESS IN CURACAO

From $29.95 per month for shared hosting
From $99.95 per month for cloud hosting

Contact us for more information
Or order shared or cloud servers now!




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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

The smart way to start an online casino.

GamblingTec offers a hosted casino solution for as little as €29.95 per month.

Get your Cubeia casino up and running with us!

www.gamblingtec.com





Gambling Webhosting for your Casino

CuracaoWebhosting.com offers affordable gambling hosting and casino hosting from Curacao. We are based in ECP (the islands premier data center) and host a variety of local and international casino company websites.

We work with BitCoin as well as fiat based casinos and would advise you to host your casino in a reliable offshore jurisdiction.

Contact us now

What to consider when hosting offshore


What to consider when going offshore?
1)  Reliability
2)  Support
3)  Price
4)  Server Response

Reliability / Support
The CuracaoWebhosting cloud has been designed to host gambling websites and so reliability and support are critical to the business operation. Should a customers site be down for an extended period of time, this can mean the loss of huge revenues.

Price
In terms of price, you are going to pay a premium for servers in this jurisdiction. The basic cloud server costs $99 and includes 1 GB RAM, 100GIG Disk space, 1 CPU, 100GIG backup space... As you add resources so the cost climbs. Of course, you do have the option of auto incrementation which will increase and decrease service requirements on demand.

Server response
Server response times will depend on where your audience is located however we can speed things up via our CDN network.

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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

The smart way to start an online casino.

GamblingTec offers a hosted casino solution for as little as €29.95 per month.

Get your Cubeia casino up and running with us!

www.gamblingtec.com





Gambling Webhosting for your Casino

CuracaoWebhosting.com offers affordable gambling hosting and casino hosting from Curacao. We are based in ECP (the islands premier data center) and host a variety of local and international casino company websites.

We work with BitCoin as well as fiat based casinos and would advise you to host your casino in a reliable offshore jurisdiction.

Contact us now

Offshore WebHosting

Offshore webhosting is pretty much hosting your website servers outside of the location from where your business operates.

You may opt to host your business offshore for a number of reasons:

Offshore hosting due to license requirements:
In some cases, businesses can obtain cost effective licensing by looking offshore. In Curacao for instance, licenses are cheaper than the United Kingdom, Malta and the Isle of Man.

Many of our offshore hosting customers host with us due to licensing requirements.

Offshore hosting due to customer location:
In some cases, your customers may be based in a jurisdiction, other than from where your business is located and it makes sense to have your business servers located offshore for faster access.

To help our customers with latency issues from our offshore location, we have introduced a Content Distribution Network (CDN), which caches customer files in over 160 server locations ensuring instant access to our customers websites.

Offshore hosting due to legislation:
Their are cases where local legislation forbids the operation of a business model from local servers and thus it would be prudent to have your intellectual property offshore.

Curacao is an ideal offshore hosting location especially for businesses targeting South and Central America. Curacao has a cloud hosting facility where you can easily rent dedicated cloud servers from $99 per month or a shared hosting accounts from $29.99 per month.

Visit: www.curacaowebhosting.com for more information

OR contact us for a quote: http://support.curacaowebhosting.com/contact.php

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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

The smart way to start an online casino.

GamblingTec offers a hosted casino solution for as little as €29.95 per month.

Get your Cubeia casino up and running with us!

www.gamblingtec.com





Gambling Webhosting for your Casino

CuracaoWebhosting.com offers affordable gambling hosting and casino hosting from Curacao. We are based in ECP (the islands premier data center) and host a variety of local and international casino company websites.

We work with BitCoin as well as fiat based casinos and would advise you to host your casino in a reliable offshore jurisdiction.

Contact us now

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Cost of gambling licence curacao

The actual cost of a gambling license in Curaca varies depending on who you obtain your license from. Generally speaking you should be paying approximately $4800 per annum for a local license ($400 per month) which is for two domain names.

However this is only the tip of the proverbial iceberg for with your license you will need:

1. Local hosting, which is a requirement of your license. You can obtain a cloud server from us for $99 per month however in addition to this you will need to obtain a bandwidth connection from the local DC which can cost anything north of $900 per month for a 1mbps connection, this of course you can negotiate.

2. A local e-zone company set up. For your first year expect to pay anything in the region of $15K USD, which should include a bank account.

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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

The smart way to start an online casino.

GamblingTec offers a hosted casino solution for as little as €29.95 per month.

Get your Cubeia casino up and running with us!

www.gamblingtec.com





Gambling Webhosting for your Casino

CuracaoWebhosting.com offers affordable gambling hosting and casino hosting from Curacao. We are based in ECP (the islands premier data center) and host a variety of local and international casino company websites.

We work with BitCoin as well as fiat based casinos and would advise you to host your casino in a reliable offshore jurisdiction.

Contact us now





E-Zone companies and Gambling in Curacao

I have been asked on a number of occasions how to set up and structure a gambling business in Curacao so I thought I would write a general guide so that readers can understand what it is all about, and what it will cost.

EDIT: I have updated this article to be inline with 2016 costs.

Gambling businesses operating from Curacao will in general, setup an E-Zone company which will in turn be plugged into a local trust or foundation or foreign entity. The purpose of this structure is to obtain the affordable Curacao Gambling license.

E-Zone company:
An e-zone company is a company that operates from one of the two economic zones in Curacao in order to benefit from preferred tax rate for an e-zone company is 2%. In essence your business is run from International Departures.

From the chamber of commerce:
As of March 1, 2001 the e-zone legislation entered into force. The main purpose of the e-zone legislation is to expand and strengthen the economic position of Curacao (formerly the Netherlands Antilles). The e-zone legislation provides potential (e-commerce) investors a variety of (tax saving) opportunities (NOTE: It is NOT a tax haven and tax rates may increase over time). The e-zone legislation is not only aimed at e-commerce, it is also a continuation of the former free zone legislation.
There are currently two active free zones, one in the harbor, and one at the airport. One of the best characteristics of Curaçao’s Free Zones happens to be the quality of the infrastructure. Curaçao’s infrastructure is one of the best in the entire Caribbean region. The extensive road networks are well designed and maintained.
Modern telecommunication facilities provide direct and reliable contact with every country in the world. The processing of all types of freight as well as the air and sea logistic connections is very well organized. Furthermore, the special incentives make it very appealing for businesses to operate in any of the Curaçao Free Trade Zones of their choice.
On goods imported into the free trade zone no import duties are required. Annually at least 75% of total sales has to be exported, while up to 25% of total sales may be sold on the domestic market after obtaining a permit from the Government. Routine customs formalities related to import and export are free of charge during regular office hours, while other administrative matters are reduced to a minimum.

The setup fee for your new e-zone company will vary from provider to provider but a good ball park figure is anything between: €4000 - €6000 EUR. Note that many providers from 2015/2016 have stopped transacting in USD due to the US government arbitrarily closing down US based accounts.

This generally includes:
  • Notorial fees
  • Chamber of commerce fee
  • Foreign exchange permit
  • Business and director license
  • Bank account
  • E-Zone application
  • Set up file
Annual management fee: €7000 - €1000

The annual management fee will depend on what you negotiate, in the early days it was possible to negotiate fixed yearly costs however in general companies are now charged monthly fees which are administration based and could be anything from €500 - €2000 per month (depending on your company requirements and structure).

E-gaming license: From $4800 USD (for two URL's)

The E-Gaming license cost is not as straightforward as one would hope it to be. There are three license providers on the island and each has their own set of rules which brings the realised cost of the license to approximately: €12000 per annum.

The cheaper license offered for instance obliges you to take out hosting at the local DC and this can start at $1000 per month for rackspace and bandwidth. While the more expensive license is offered at a much higher rate and you can host where ever you like. Essentially they come in at the same cost.

E-Zone license: From €2000 USD

This is a yearly fee for running your business from the economic zone.

Other fees:
  • Book keeping
  • Bank account setup 
Hourly rates will vary from: €125 - €500

Realistic yearly costs:
A good budget would be around €40,000 per annum. This is for the one man band or thrifty operator who knows how to manage/aggregate his or her expenses.


Our Experience:
We have worked from a number of Jurisdictions over the years (BVI / Isle of Man etc.) and have been operating from Curacao now for 10 years. In our opinion, there is no "cheep" jurisdiction if you wish to run a gaming business, but there are jurisdictions that appear to be following a path that will lead to greater opportunities. We believe Curacao has the potential to become the most balanced jurisdiction meeting the needs of both operator, game providers and regulators and this is why we have invested time, effort and resources into Curacao.

Curacao, in our opinion, is 10/10.

If you require investment for your new gambling business, have a read of this article.

Want to get in touch? Contact us via our support desk!

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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

The smart way to start an online casino.

GamblingTec offers a hosted casino solution for as little as €29.95 per month.

Get your Cubeia casino up and running with us!

www.gamblingtec.com





Gambling Webhosting for your Casino

CuracaoWebhosting.com offers affordable gambling hosting and casino hosting from Curacao. We are based in ECP (the islands premier data center) and host a variety of local and international casino company websites.

We work with BitCoin as well as fiat based casinos and would advise you to host your casino in a reliable offshore jurisdiction.

Contact us now

Guide to a successful start up gambling enterprise, our own experience

Thinking of starting your own gambling business? Here is a story from an old hand, someone who has been through the mill and come out the other side a little battered a little bruised and a little wiser.

When the bubble burst, the real people got going:
I had a great idea in 2000/1 for a gambling business. It sounded like easy money, shooting fish in a barrel so to say. The problem was, I had no cash... not a dime. But I had big dreams, ambitions of owning the world (or a small dictatorship at the very least) and so I set about putting the 11 year path in place that I have walked down and now look back upon with the hope that I can help others starting out on this path.

Since I had no money, nor the skills to properly write the software I needed, I hatched a plan to get what I wanted at my budget of zero.

I called lawyers and financial experts to get an opinion on my business model. They all said it would not work, could not work, was illegal, and that I should not bother or that I needed to register with XYC department, and apply for XYZ form etc. If you ever need discouragement when starting a business ask an accountant or lawyer, they are designed to be pessimistic.

It all sounded like hard work and they were getting me down, so I dumped them like a fat girl at the prom.

I need three things:
1. Software
2. Processing
3. Marketing

For software I got a friend to partner with me. For the processing, I got a "money guy" and his son (who owned a casino) and seemed like a good match for an affiliate marketing relationship. We agreed to split the business three ways.

So I set about designing on paper how the software would work and worked night and day with my friend to build the business.

After 6 months our software neared completion and as it did the money guy got more and more excited and his dreams on the return of his (zero investment at that point in time) reached legendary proportions. Of course I had given the money guy and his son all the documentation and the outline of the project, how it needed to work and our progress etc. They used this information to build their own version of the business, behind my back.

He was a crafty fellow, he slowly inflated how much money he would need to spend for companies and marketing (radio/tv/bill boards/neon signs/firework displays) and legal work etc. and since I had no money, my share would need to be reduced for his increased risk. But I should not worry because we were going to make so much money, my 2.5% share (wtf) would earn me more than I had ever dreamed of. Finally, he and his son made an offer of $4000 USD for me/coder to walk away from the project. When we refused, he had no option but to drop the bomb that they had their own software and that I was the foreskin in the local synagog.

I never knew such people existed, those that believe ingenuity, vision, determination, tenacity, foresight, hard work, late nights working for nothing can be purchased at cents on the dollar. People who are so greedy that they would sell their own mother or father for a pretty penny. It was this experience that has made me keep my integrity in business, always to offer a fair deal, and to respect other peoples ideas and to help in situations where I am genuinely interested... 

So over night my job title went from project manager and ex 33% partner recently reduced to 2.5% then 0%, to CEO/CFO of the future "taking over of the world" gambling enterprise as a 50% partner with my best friend, comrade and coding genius and with a simple philosophy in hand: "A business starts with its first customer, now lets go and find him or her".

Although we did not have a company, bank accounts, any documentation to help us pass any form of modern day verification, funds to fund elaborate advertising campaigns, licensing, secretaries, accountants and lawyers I still managed to find a company to take me at face value and offer processing and pay to our personal bank account.

As soon as we got a merchant account (it was an aggregated account), we were in business and since we had no management companies to pay, no company structures to fund, no lawyers, no accountants, no licenses etc. our business expenses were essentially a $10 shared hosting account in the US and the promise to $400 per month for energy input (if we had it) to keep us alive, we broke even after 15 days thanks to some lucky domain registrations which opened up a doorway to a stedy flow of new customers.

The business thrived and over time we were able to put in place formal structures (but only when we could afford to). And the moral of the story is simply keep your costs to a minimum. Had we started any other way, I am not sure where we would be today.

While I can not recommend the approach that we took 11 years ago as the best way to start your business, what I can recommend is the following:

1. Keep your hosting and technical expenses to a minimum, pay only for what you need right now and not what you "may need" down the line. Our cloud hosting service has been designed for the start-up so take advantage of it. Shared accounts are $29.95 and the cloud server is $99.

2. If you host alone, you are going to need to pay someone to manage your hosting environment. If you use our cloud, for the $29.95 or $99 you pay each month, this is a significant discount on the salary you would otherwise have to pay.

3. Bandwidth is expensive in Curacao. If you host alone and run a high bandwidth business, best you have investors with deep pockets. If you host with us, we can plug you into our content distribution network (CDN) and reduce your bandwidth costs significantly. NOTE: We can offer CDN to customers who do not host with us as well.

4. Trust companies in Curacao are expensive. hourly rates are anything from $200 - $450 USD per hour. It is a thriving business here and for the start up, an expensive ongoing expense. But like all businesses their is competition between vendors, so negotiate your rates or a fixed yearly fee. Also bear in mind that the local company has to approve all invoices, be available to approve wire transfers, submit tax returns etc. So this can be costly (but no different to other jurisdictions). Also make sure you are working in USD and not EUR. Depending on your business, this can amount to $10K + per annum (don't let anyone fool you that it will be less).

4. Licensing costs vary, get in touch to find out what you should be paying. Some licensing providers charge a premium.

5. Consider a partnership to reduce exposure. If this is something you would be interested in, get in touch.

http://support.curacaowebhosting.com/contact.php

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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

The smart way to start an online casino.

GamblingTec offers a hosted casino solution for as little as €29.95 per month.

Get your Cubeia casino up and running with us!

www.gamblingtec.com





Gambling Webhosting for your Casino

CuracaoWebhosting.com offers affordable gambling hosting and casino hosting from Curacao. We are based in ECP (the islands premier data center) and host a variety of local and international casino company websites.

We work with BitCoin as well as fiat based casinos and would advise you to host your casino in a reliable offshore jurisdiction.

Contact us now