Bearing in mind the size of the country (a population of approximately 62 million) and the fact that the Internet penetration rate was below 20 percent in 2014 (now rapidly increasing and as of 2022 over 50 percent) it is interesting to note that the first online gambling license was issued only in 2013, since this channel was not seen as feasible until 10 years ago. At the same time, an increasing number of Internet users makes the future for online operators quite bright.
In 2021, the Gaming Board of Tanzania released a draft code of conduct for gambling advertising and responsible gambling in the country, which aims to protect vulnerable groups. This draft shall apply to all licensed operators in the country and envisions, among other things, an advertising blackout between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m., with the exception of specialized sport channels.
Gambling has been legal in Namibia since the 1960s. The current main piece of Namibian gambling legislation is the Gaming & Entertainment Control Act no. 13, enacted in 2018.
The competent authority for the licensing and supervisory activities is the Gaming Control Division within the Ministry of Environment, Forestry & Tourism (MEFT). The legal age for being able to participate in games of chance in the country is 21 years.
Since all forms of games of chance are legal in the country, there are currently six licensed, land-based casinos and several betting shops in the country. Organization of lottery games is a monopoly operated by the Namibia National Lottery, established only in 2022. As a curiosity with regard to the licensing system in Namibia, the Moratorium Act no. 28, enacted in 1996, still entails the temporary suspension of granting gambling-house licenses due to the fact that over 200 of these establishments operate in the county.
With regard to online gambling activities, only companies which are in possession of a brick-and-mortar gambling license (or are in partnership with a licensed company) can organize Internet gambling in the country and accept players from Namibia.
Based on publicly available information on the MEFT website, the new Gaming &Entertainment Control Bill has been drafted and is under final scrutiny within the Ministry of Justice, to be discussed in parliament in the near future.
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*** This article was originally published in Casino Life Magazine Issue 160 September 2023 ***