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Alderney offers stability for gambling companies facing Brexit uncertainty

February 5, 2018

Team Alderney will be promoting the stability that the island represents in the face of Brexit to more than 30,000 delegates this week at ICE Totally Gaming, the world’s largest gambling technology event.

Alderney is a pioneering jurisdiction in the licensing and regulation of eGambling and has been followed by other locations competing for a share of the growing market. It is anticipated that the island will this year be able to capitalise on its location outside of Europe and the European Economic Area, free from the uncertainties of Brexit, to win new business.

Marc Lainé, managing director of C5 Alliance, Guernsey division, will be one of those manning the Team Alderney stand along with his colleague account manager Adrian Bott.

“It’s a massive event and it’s a market that’s growing globally. ICE is an opportunity to catch up with clients and meet prospective clients. The whole industry attends,” Mr Lainé said.

“We will be there to represent Alderney Gambling as well as C5. Alderney is a primary place to be licensed and to host eGambling services, particularly in an uncertain time regarding Brexit. We don’t know what it’s going to mean for some of our competitors but Alderney is a safer bet as its position remains unchanged. It has never been in the EU or EEA therefore it is unaffected by a hard or soft Brexit. It’s safe and reliable with top-tier licensing. I would be nervous about some of the other locations.”

Mr Lainé said that while the eGambling industry was mature there was still a lot of growth to be seen. It was also a sector populated by a relatively young community and there was a need to educate the market about Alderney in what has grown to be such a competitive market.

“The benefits of being licensed by the AGCC means that businesses will not only be licensed and regulated in Alderney but will want to establish their servers and hosting here. C5 doesn’t just host, we design, build, procure, patch, maintain and monitor their systems so we are a full service house and that’s almost unique amongst data centres and offers a unique incubation service for businesses relocating to the island, which many well-renowned businesses have found invaluable.

“It also gives our technicians exciting projects to work on for clients in Australia and further afield, producing systems that are being accessed by hundreds of thousands of people. The level of technological complexity is high. It helps develop our skills which has a positive trickle-down effect for the rest of the Bailiwick of Guernsey.”

ICE takes place from 6 to 8 February at the ExCeL London.