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Remote gambling software licence

This licence allows you to manufacture, supply, install or adapt gambling software by means of remote communication.

Regardless of where you are based in the world, you need a licence from us if:

  • you are providing facilities for gambling to consumers in Great Britain online (or through any other means of remote communication)
  • any part of your remote gambling equipment is based in Great Britain.

There is a remote operating licence for each type of gambling activity you might want to provide.

You will be responsible for ensuring that the software you supply is capable of being deployed in a manner that complies with our Remote gambling and software technical standards.

Remote gambling and software technical standards do not apply to the software you provide for overseas operators who are not licensed by the Gambling Commission.

What is gambling software?

If you are unsure whether the software you are manufacturing, supplying, installing, or adapting is gambling software read our guide: What is gambling software? (opens in new tab) which provides information on:

  • the definition of gambling software
  • when a licence will be required
  • additional licences gambling software businesses may need
  • technical standards.

Remote gambling software licence operating licence

This licence allows you to manufacture, supply, install or adapt gambling software by means of remote communication. For example, it will allow you to supply gambling software via methods of secure file transmission or to make gambling software available for download by operators from your server.

If your business manufactures or supplies gambling software using any form of non-remote communication (such as by uploading gambling software to CD or memory stick), you should also apply for a non-remote gambling software licence.

Hosts

Some gambling software businesses provide facilities for remote gambling by making their games or betting content available to customers of other operators. For example, rather than supplying their software directly to remote gambling operators, the gambling software business hosts its own games on its own server, and those games can be accessed by customers of other operators through those other operators’ websites.

If you manufacture gambling software, but also provide facilities for gambling only in circumstances in which you host those facilities through other operators’ platforms, then you may be eligible to hold a host operating licence. To hold a host licence, your business:

  • must hold a gambling software operating licence, and
  • must not contract directly with any of the customers who play the games you provide ie only customers of another operator can access your games or betting content via that other operator’s website or app.

Please see the casino (host), bingo (host), general betting (host) (real events) or general betting (host) (virtual events) licences for further details.

Application fees for remote gambling software licence

Fee categoryAnnual gross value of salesApplication Fee
F1Less than £200,000£5,711
F2£200,000 or greater, up to but excluding £550,000£5,711
G1£550,000 or greater, up to but excluding £6.6 million£11,716
H1£6.6 million or greater, up to but excluding £30 million£14,647
H2£30 million or greater£14,647

Annual fees for remote gambling software licence

Your first annual fee is due 30 days after your licence is issued to you. Your first annual fee is due 30 days after your licence is issued to you. Subsequent annual fees are due every year before the anniversary of the day your licence was issued.

For the first year, the annual fees below will be reduced by 25% (ancillary and linked licence annual fees are not subject to this reduction).

If you have a combination of different kinds of licence, you will get a discount on your annual fee.

Table of annual fees

Fee categoryAnnual gross value of salesApplication Fee
F1Less than £200,000£3,748
F2£200,000 or greater, up to but excluding £550,000£5,798
G1£550,000 or greater, up to but excluding £6.6 million£17,803
H1£6.6 million or greater, up to but excluding £30 million£28,867
H2£30 million or greater£49,219

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