GAMING IN ALDERNEY, ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA
Alderney is the third largest of the British Channel Islands, a group of islands that have long been regarded as one of the leading offshore finance centers in the world. They are dependencies of the British Crown rather than being part of the United Kingdom, and as such they are self-governed. In recent years, the region has become well known for its involvement in the online gambling industry. As one of the gambling jurisdictions white-listed by the UK Gambling Commission, Alderney is an option for gambling sites wishing to offer their services to the UK residents. Sites that are licensed in Alderney often host their servers and operations on another of the Channel Islands, Guernsey, which is permissible under their regulations.
The twin island state of Antigua and Barbuda, in the Caribbean, became independent in 1981, having previously been under British rule. The state continued to practice a tradition of English Common Law, and its legislative framework is largely based on similar principles to Britain’s. Following its enactment of the International Business Corporations Act in 1982, Antigua and Barbuda became a popular jurisdiction for offshore banking.
It has since become a popular jurisdiction for online gambling. In fact, Antigua and Barbuda was one of the very first gambling jurisdictions to begin offering licenses to interactive gaming and wagering companies. This happened in 1994, and since then a number of gambling sites have been licensed in the region. Sites licensed here are able to offer their services to residents of the United Kingdom, on account of being on the UK Gambling Commission’s white-list of gambling jurisdictions.