In the world of iGaming changes are coming, and great ones. Until now Malta, a small island in the Mediterranean, was undoubtedly the center of operations for the gaming and chance industry. A new city emerges in the gambling sector, Ceuta and Melilla. Ceuta, new iGaming epicenter in Europe. Also awaiting the resolution and the uncertainty of Brexit, the betting houses and casino games are moving their chip in this complex game of cards.
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Tax advantages to attract companies in the sector
In 2018, the Government announced various tax advantages to attract companies to the Ceuta and Melilla community and thus promote these cities in North Africa. Among the main advantages are a 50% bonus in Social Security, a 60% reduction in income tax and taxation in corporation tax during the first two years of 7.5% and 12.5% from the third year.
Promoting the Community of Ceuta and Melilla as a gaming operations center is a priority. This year a delegation from the Government of Spain has attended the International Gaming Fair in London for the first time with the firm intention of positioning itself as a real alternative for those companies that after Brexit need to seek a paradise outside of Gibraltar and attract international companies from other countries. sectors.
The gaming industry in Spain is increasing and its growth has multiplied in recent years. In 2012, the General Directorate for Gambling Regulation began to process gambling licenses to those operators who met all the requirements. There are currently around 35 operators with a gaming license in Spain. Between now and the end of the year, it is expected that some national or international casino will join the extensive list.
Some licensed casinos in Spain are based on the island of Malta, due to their tax advantages. However, it seems that this trend is changing little by little. Obviously, large companies continue to bet on this Mediterranean island as a center of operations. It is not known what will happen in the near future and the outcome of Brexit is key. However, it is very significant that 7 companies have already decided to locate in Ceuta and Melilla.
Ceuta, new iGaming epicenter in Europe. These are the companies that for the moment have decided to move to the Autonomous Community of Ceuta and Melilla and benefit from the tax advantages imposed by the Ceuta government.
Aconcagua Juegos S.A.
Aconcagua Games was created in 2014 and develops its gaming activity mainly in Central and South America. In 2019 it obtained the gaming license from the General Directorate of Gambling Management to be able to carry out its activity in Spain and is based in Melilla.
Esta compañía británica cuenta con más de medio siglo de experiencia en la industria de las apuestas. Betfred cuenta con 1.6010 tiendas físicas y un negocio de expansión en móvil y online. Dispone de licencia regulada por parte de la Dirección General de Ordenación de juegos y su sede estará en Ceuta.
This Spanish company was founded in 1980 by two families, Martínez Sampedro and Franco brothers. During its first years, the business activity focused on gaming machine operators in Madrid. In 2014 Codere launched the sports betting web App in Spain and has physical stores throughout the territory. Open an office in Melilla.
Jokerbet It was launched into the online betting market in 2018 and belongs to the Veromatic group. This business group was created in 1986 as a betting and gambling operator with a long history in Spain. It currently has more than 2,000 gaming machines and 170 gaming rooms under the JOKER brand in Spanish territory. It has an office in Melilla.
Luckia Gaming Group was founded in 1972. Its foray into the gaming industry began through the management of jukeboxes and amusement machines. In 2012, he obtained a gaming license from the General Directorate for Gambling Regulation. And a year later the sports betting operation. Another company that has also opened headquarters in Ceuta.
Mondobets is a Spanish online gaming operator that has obtained in 2019 the gaming license from the General Directorate of Gambling Management to operate legally in Spain. They currently offer a wide range of sports betting and casino games such as roulette, blackjack and slot machines. Mondobet was created in 2018 and has its registered office in Ceuta.
The founder of Suertia is Eduardo Losilla. In 2012 he decided to take a risk and launch his personal betting and gaming project on the internet. If this portal stands out for something, it is for offering pools of any sport. In addition to of course sports events and casino games. In 2016 the French company France Pari acquired the reins of this casino and is also located in Ceuta.
Thus we can say that Ceuta is located at the epicenter of iGaming operations in Europe. Will Ceuta be able to unseat Malta?