OEC International E-Commerce & E-Gaming - David versus Goliath
By Offshore-E-Com Editorial
With flexible and responsive regulatory systems and low or zero rates of taxation, it is not surprising that the internet gaming industry has a found its home offshore. Those jurisdictions which have invested in an appropriate legal framework and advanced telecommunications infrastructure have generally reaped the benefits of the rapid growth in this sector over the last decade. The tiny Caribbean territory of Antigua and Barbuda, and the Mediterranean island of Malta, a member of the European Union (EU), are two such jurisdictions. However, legislative and regulatory developments in the United States and the EU have put the very existence of the internet gambling industry in these places under threat, with disastrous economic consequences, actual in the first case and potential in the second.