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AGCC – Alderney Gambling Control Commission

Alderney Gambling Control Commission (AGCC) is an independent and non-political commission established in year 2000. The commission governs eGambling in the States of Alderney. The main purpose of AGCC is to ensure fairness and maintain the integrity of internet gambling in the states of Alderney. AGCC makes sure that the highest international standards are met with its supervisory and regulatory approach.

Among the British Channel islands, Alderney is the third largest. It has long been considered a leading finance offshore centre. In the past few years, the jurisdiction has earned a reputation of being a centre of excellence for e-commerce. Alderney has an independent legislative system. The regulation of Alderney and Gurnsey finance industry is supervised by the Guerney Financial Services Commission. AGCC regulates land based as well as online gambling operations in the region. A licence for operation of an online gambling site or network from AGCC is accepted and recognised by the UK and the European Union, which means that English and European players may play online at AGCC approved sites.

Acquiring an Alderney Gambling Control Commission (AGCC) License

Licenses issues by the commission are divided in to two broad categories. Category one covers business to consumer (B2C) licenses. It includes player fund management, registration and authentication of players as well as proper organization of gambling operations. Businesses to business (B2B) licenses are included under Category two. These enable the operational management of gaming site. To get a license, operators are required to submit accurately filled application forms, all supportive documents, related deposits and deposit for the expenses likely to be incurred by AGCC during the process of approval.

Based on the type of services that the operators plan to offer, they may have to apply for either one or both the categories of licenses. For a short-term use, operators can apply for a temporary license, while third party suppliers need a software supplier’s certificate. An Alderney Gambling Control Commission license offers many benefits. Operators with AGCC license who meet the criteria for tax-exempt status are required to pay only a reasonable fixed yearly fee instead of income tax. Moreover, sales tax, VAT and other duties are not applicable to gaming operators.

The Cost of an Alderney Gambling Control Commission (AGCC) License

Depending on the type of license, the costs can vary. For a license belonging to Category one, if an operator has no prior gaming business in the region, ₤35,000 is the license fee for the first year. For businesses with net gaming income below ₤1 million, the renewal fee is ₤35,000. The fee for operators with net gaming yield between ₤1 million and ₤5 million is ₤70,000. Operators with net yield between ₤5 million and ₤7.5 million are charged a fee of ₤100,000, while those with yield exceeding ₤7.5 million are required to pay ₤140,000.

Only an Alderney organization can obtain a Category two license as per the Gambling Ordinance. A Category two license holder can operate more than one gaming platform, can operate gaming on the behalf of other operators or Category one licensees and can offer multiple forms of gaming. A Category two license costs a yearly fee of ₤35,000. A temporary license, that allows a firm to operate as a Category one as well as a Category two licensee costs a yearly fee of ₤10,000. Such an operator will also have to pay yearly fee of ₤35,000 for foreign gambling associate certificate and 10,000 for core services associate certificate.

Additional guidelines set up by AGCC

Whilst we would love to say that the Alderney Gambling Control Commission has safeguards in place to ensure safety of player funds, we simply cannot say such a thing. Although AGCC does require that their licensed operators maintain positive debt ratios on their books (more assets on hand than liabilities), but this is not to say that player’s money is 100% safe due to this requirement.

However, the AGCC does “suggest” (note the word suggest does not mean require, thus it is not a law) that their member licensed operators provide a status update to their players in regards to deposited player funds. AGCC Guidelines suggest that the casino/bingo site should tell their players whether the deposited money is segregated from the other business operating accounts (read: separate from the account that pays the bills), not segregated (read: not separated from bill paying accounts), or segregated and protected. Clearly, the segregated and protected accounts are what any prudent player would be looking for from a bingo site, as this means that players’ funds are most likely safe if the operator fails as a business.

Contacting AGCC

To contact the Alderney Gambling Control Commission, you can reach them by email to lodge a complaint about a transaction or incident involving one of their licensed member sites. Their contact email is info -at- agcc.gg .

Current AGCC Licence Holders

Below are the lists of bingo sites who are licensed by the Alderney Gambling Control Commission. The type of licence and contact information, along with a linked prudent review is listed below as follows:

Beast Gaming Limited class 1 & class 2 licence

York House
Victoria Street

Email: info@beastgaming.com

Approved bingo rooms: Bingo Hour, Riva Bingo, Live Caller Bingo, Riva Bingo Live, Mikes Bingo, Bingo Live 365, Bingo Playground

Blue Square Gaming (Alderney) Ltd – class 1 & 2 – 0800 5870500

PO Box 37354

AGCC Licenced sites: MeccaBingo.com, Bingo Universal

Blue Stone Interactive Entertainment Ltd – class 1 & 2

Island House
Grande Rue
St Martins, Guernsey, GY4 6RU.

email: info@bluestoneinteractive.com

Licenced sites: Bingo Café, Bingo Liner

Bonne Terre Ltd – Class 1 & 2

The Inchalla Centre
Channel Islands, GY9 3UL

Licences: Sky Bingo

Boylesports Alderney Ltd – Class 1 – 0800 22 00 66

Finnabair Industrial Park

licence covers: Boyle Bingo

Chartwell Games (Alderney) Ltd – Class 2 – +356-2137-3778

Office Suite
Costa Del Mar
Locker Street
Sliema, SLM3125

Licenced platform: Chartwell Technology

Gala Alderney Ltd – Classes 1 & 2

telephone: 0800 294 7 294
email: customer.services@galabingo.co.uk

Approved bingo sites: Gala Bingo, Minxy Bingo

IGT – class 2 licence – 1-775-448-7777

9295 Prototype Drive
Reno, NV 89521-8986
United States

Internet Bingo sites licenced via IGT: Gala Bingo, Bingo Liner, Bingo Café, Bingo Britain, Dolly Parton Bingo, Golden Crown Bingo, Crystal Ball Bingo, House of Bingo, Epic Bingo, Congo Bingo, Budget Bingo, Mecca Bingo, Xbingo.

Netplay TV Group Limited – Licenced with Classes 1 & 2 – 020 7819 9100

Battersea Studios
80 Silverthorne Road

Sites covered by Licences: Bingos, Bingo Friends

Parlay Games Limited – class1 & 2 licences – +44 (0) 7910 768743

2305 Wyecroft Road, Second Floor
Oakville, Ontario
L6L 6R2

Bingo sites governed by issued AGCC Licences: Astro Bingo, Bingo Mania, BingoNanza, Bingo Rico, Wonder Bingo, Onlinebingo .eu, Bingon

QSB Gaming Limited – 1 & 2

telephone: 0845 519 82 81
email: support@quizshowbingo.com

Covered sites: Quiz Show Bingo, Lights Camera Bingo

Tombola (Alderney) Ltd – class 1 & 2 licences – 0800 29 888 73

Wylam Wharf
Low Street
Tyne & Wear

Bingo sites covered under AGCC Licences: Tombola

Virgin Games Alderney Limited – Class 1 – 0800 915 6060

Le Val, Alderney, GY9 3UL

Bingo site covered under licence: Virgin Bingo

Virtue Fusion Alderney Limited – Class 1 & 2 Licences aka Playtech – +44(0)1481 823 581

Kington Lodge
Le Grand Val
Alderney GY9 3XD

Bingo sites covered under the Virtue Fusion AGCC Licence: Svenska Bingo, Krone Bingo, Bingo Universal, Take a Break Bingo, Bucky Bingo, Carlton Bingo, Fruite Bingo, Capital Bingo, Crown Bingo, Simply Bingo, Bingo Loopy, Crazy Bingo, Ladbrokes, WilliamHill, Bunny Bingo, Bingo Chest, Golden Hat Bingo, JackpotBingo, Bonanza Bingo, BOGOF Bingo, At the Bingo, Red Bingo .es, Bingo Go, Bet365 Bingo, Bingo Corona .es, Bingo .ie, Bingo Lore, Minxy Bingo, Paddy Power Bingo, Deal or no Deal Bingo, Love your Bingo, Beacon Bingo, Bingo Win 22, Tea and Bingo, Lucky Lucy Bingo, Bet Fred Bingo, Coronet Bingo, Opera Bingo, Leo Leisure Bingo, Flutters Bingo, Arnett Bingo, Cosmo Bingo, Scot Bingo, Easy Odds Bingo, Bloke Bingo, Bingo Splendid, Plenty More Bingo, Its our Bingo, Bingo770

Other Valid Licencing for UK Bingo Operators

Alderney’s licencing sufficiently meets all standards set up for UK bingo players by the UK Gambling Commission. Additionally, licences from the Gibraltar Licencing Authority, LGA of Malta, and the Isle of Man Gambling Supervision Committee are also suitable for UK bingo players.