Market Barriers – A European Online Gambling Study 2013/2014

Out now (October 2013): Updated reference series on the state of play of online gambling regulations across all 28 EU member states, plus Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein, Switzerland and EU enlargement countries.

What Is Market Barriers – A European Online Gambling Study?

Since GamblingCompliance's landmark 2009 study the European online gambling market has seen several key market openings, European Court of Justice decisions and policy developments at both national and European level, including the European Commission's Green Paper and two year action plan on online gambling.  

With a trend emerging to licence gambling operations at the point of their consumption, recent years have seen many market openings, legislative changes and online gambling reforms. In addition to events surrounding the European Commission Green Paper and ongoing action plan the past year have seen new laws emerge, such as a draft law in the Netherlands seeking to open that market up to new forms of online gambling.

Market Barriers – A European Online Gambling Study 2013/2014 is designed to give the most accurate, up to date and impartial picture available of the status of online gambling across Europe - which jurisdictions are reforming their online gambling regulations, trends in regulation, experiences from jurisdictions which have opened their online markets and visibility on future developments, risks and likely trends.

Alongside key data and analysis on a jurisdiction by jurisdiction level, the study also includes exclusive coverage of hot topic areas: debates at the European level, taxation, advertising, payment processing, website blocking, blacklisting, social gaming and sports integrity among other operational and regulatory issues.

Who Should Buy Market Barriers – A European Online Gambling Study 2013/2014?

The European online gambling market is the most dynamic online gambling market in the world. It is continuing to lead the way in regulation and revenue generation and is home to the world's largest online operators.

Market Barriers – A European Online Gambling Study 2013/2014 is a useful tool for operators, regulators, governments, law firms, research houses and academic institutions among others.   

Operators:  With the prospect of an unprecedented number of market openings over recent years, knowing which countries are regulating their markets and in what direction, will ensure you keep a step ahead of competitor and regulatory risks. Market Barriers – A European Online Gambling Study 2013/2014 will assist corporate strategy planning and ensure your company benefits from GamblingCompliance's world leading research and timely analysis at a critical stage in Europe-wide gambling policy developments, particularly as the European Commission is half-way through its two year action plan.    

Regulators/Governments: Online gambling regulations take many forms, with models encompassing monopoly, free market to ring-fenced approaches. In order to understand how markets are functioning under these approaches, trends in regulation and emerging regulatory and player protection issues - to ensure you keep your regulatory agency and jurisdiction informed of best-practice - Market Barriers – A European Online Gambling Study 2013/2014 is designed to give you a quick cross-jurisdictional analysis of key policy areas in online gambling regulation and inform you of how your peers across Europe are approaching the regulation of online gambling.

Law firms: With most online operators having their operations span across countries, understanding which jurisdictions are imposing local licensing requirements, which jurisdictions are using payment and/or website blocking, blacklisting and apply criminal sanctions, will enable you to keep your clients informed of potential regulatory risks, pitfalls and compliance issues they face across EU member states, EFTA countries, EU enlargement countries.     

Policy/Research/Academic: Online gambling regulation is an emerging area of policy research and academic study, encompassing legal, regulatory, social welfare and health topics. With Europe leading the way in regulating this relatively new form of gambling, Market Barriers – A European Online Gambling Study 2013/2014 will give you the most up-to-date analysis of this topic and ensure your policy research is based on an understanding of the most current and leading edge topics and jurisdictions in the field. 


Coverage in this new edition has increased to include the following information points across 30+ jurisdictions:

Online Gambling Status

Definition of Gambling

Online Games Permitted


Regulatory Authority

Age Restriction



Licensing and Costs


Website Blocking



Payment Blocking

Server Location


International Liquidity

Social Gaming

Sports Integrity



Criminal Penalties

Court of Justice of the European Union Ruling(s)


In addition to the jurisdictional coverage the series provides insight on topics relevant to the online gambling industry, regulators, law firms and other stakeholders.

Cross-border issues and analysis on trends, barriers and other topics of concern are included on:


Anti-Money Laundering

Case Law

European Enlargement

European Developments

International Liquidity

Payment Blocking

Social Gaming

Sports Integrity


Website Blocking


Data analysis has also been provided on some jurisdictions courtesy of GamblingCompliance's data team.

The Market Barriers series will be updated with three quarterly updates through to Summer 2014. Major developments occurring at EU and member states level will be tracked, as well as key "In Focus" topics researched and updated.            

Release: Market Barriers – A European Online Gambling Study 2013 was launched on September 27, 2013 and will be updated with three updates through to the Summer of 2014.



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An extract from the report including the executive summary and the jurisdictional chapter for the Netherlands is available for here.