Spanish gambling insiders expect regulatory body la Dirección General de Ordenación del Juego (DGOJ), to re-open its tender process window for new market applicants for Spain’s regulated online gambling market.
At present the DGOJ has made no formal announcement with regards to accepting new tenders, however, this September the regulatory body announced through its website a ‘draft call’ for potential market interest.
The new tender process is expected to be re-opened during 2017 and will allow for a one-year window in which operators can submit applications. The DGOJ will seek to respond to interested parties within a six-month time frame.
The DGOJ’s previous tender window was published in October 2015, in which the regulatory body allowed for ten new licensed company’s servicing online betting and software/platform provisions.
A blog posted by industry legal and licensing experts DLA Piper details that DGOJ governance has moved to ‘open up’ its market having recorded positive sector development during Q1 2017 in which the online gambling sector grew by 23% year-on-year.
Of further interest to DGOJ governance, has been the number of international operators detailing interest in re-joining the Spanish online market, following a number of changes with regards to online casino restrictions, allowing for more favourable market conditions.