Three operators have recently received licenses to offer specific online gambling products within the Belgian borders. Operator Napoleon Games has received a F1+ license (online sports betting) from the Belgian Gaming Commission to provide online sports betting products in addition to its existing casino offerings. Napoleon Games will partner with Unibet subsidiary Kambi to launch a mobile and online sports book for the Belgian market. Stargames SA, operator of goldenbet.be, has also received a F1+ license to operate an online sports book. In addition to the sports book licenses, LuckyGames has secured a B+ license for an online gaming arcade.
The three new licenses in the Belgian market adds to the current six A+ (online casino) licenses held by PokerStars, Partouche, Casino777, Win2Day, Unibet, and Jackpot Party. These operators currently operate various casino and poker products within the Belgian borders. In addition to the casino licenses, Belgium has approved a total of seven online sports betting licenses, although the number of licenses may be capped at ten.
Bwin.party remains the last major operator to have a pending gaming license application. Recently, bwin.party entered into a partnership with Groupe Partouche to offer online casino and poker products to Belgium. A spokesman for the Belgian Gaming Commission explained that bwin.party must obtain an E License (distribution of gaming equipment) while the Partouche Group must acquire an A+ license in order to operate a gambling website.
Nevertheless, the Belgium gambling market is taking shape and is rapidly growing under the Belgian Gaming Act. The addition of the operators signals further growth and development of the gambling industry in Belgium.