Online casinos licensed by Gibraltar
Gibraltar has become a major player when it comes to online gambling licensing. Their current list of licencees features some of the most well known gaming brands around the world. These brands include Ladbrokes, Victor Chandler, Stan James, bwin.party, 32Red, Cassava Enterprises, Mansion, William Hill, Betfred and also include IGT, Bally Technologies and Ongame for gaming software providers.
It appears that the money generated for Gibraltar through online gaming has made it a better place for ecommerce. Gibraltar has excellent weather almost year round and English is spoken there. Many UK based gaming brands have switched their gaming license to Gibraltar primarily due to their lower taxes.
Tension between Spain and Gibraltar
Spain has recently created their own gaming laws and licensing. In 2013 it appears that Gibraltar and Spain are getting into many conflicts with each other and online gaming was a topic where Spain threatened to force Gibraltar companies to have their gaming servers located in Spain and pay the taxes and royalties as is they were based in Spain. If this were to happen it would nearly eliminate Gibraltar from the igaming map as a respected and financially sound gaming jurisdiction.
Gibraltar has also been the target of the United Kingdom where many UK gaming companies have relocated their gaming services from the UK to Gibraltar which is probably due to having lower taxes to pay. The UK government is planning to enforce gaming companies outside the UK to pay the same taxes as if they were based there.