The Regulatory Authority Online Games (ARJEL) is the agency designated by the French government which has the 1st mission assigned operating permits to applicant operators, alongside the adoption of the draft law on the Opening the French market during 2010. Today it is estimated that ARJEL have already received o ver one hundred entries from operators of all kinds. To recall, the Arjel issue licenses in three areas: – Paris Paris-horse sports – Poker. Expecting to take their position and the opportunity looming, larger groups do not hide their candidacy. This list is already Betclic, Betfair, which are directly concerned, and that illustrious group Partouche casinotiers Lucien Barrière and Tranchant, who already have their own online casinos.
But on what criteria ARJEL Will it deliver its valuable licenses? Nobody knows exactly. Indeed it is not until the legislation is passed by both Houses of Parliament in the coming weeks. But some ideas are beginning to debate. The initial feedback we have collected suggest that for the French license, the operator should settle on the land and meet the standards of charges for which recall is far beyond the tax rates in the existing niches Malta, Gibraltar and London. This represents a big loss on the current situation. With an estimated 50 to issue licenses, we can already hear the speculation when the fairness of licensing, some already present on the territory tricolor. There is talk of favoritism in the service of industry lobby groups who supported Nicolas Sarkozy in his presidential campaign in 2007. In this perspective, it is the small and medium operators who will suffer for the benefit of large groups like TF1 and Canal +, whose financial strength will allow an omnipresence.
For operators with no license, they will simply blocked by providers who have the onerous task of identifying the IP addresses of the scammers. Measures of criminal sanctions are already being considered to complement the range of arguments from deterring potential cons.
An exception is conceivable. Indeed there is so far in Europe several agencies to conduct a monitoring equity confidentiality and security of players online. The LGA Malta is already mandated by the European Union to complete these tasks for all operators living in Malta. The ARJEL being more recent, it is possible that it is flexible to meet operators who already have a license recognized by the EU. This is no small matter if there are only 5% of the French population is directly affected by online gaming. A question remains: Will these measures are implemented in time for the 2010 World Cup, as the French government wants?