Information about the Anjouan online gambling jurisdiction, licensing requirements, player complaints and dispute resolution process, and a sortable list of casinos licensed under this jurisdiction.
Never heard of Anjouan or the Comoros islands? Chances are that most gamers or casino companies have not either. This small island and tiny archipalego country tucked away in the southeastern corner of Africa between Mozambique and Madagascar offers a relatively straightforward, quick procedure for obtaining a license to run gaming operations and no information on dispute resolution mechanisms.
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Anjouan, also known as Nzwani, is one of the islands that forms part of the archipelago nation of the Comoros islands. The former actually seceded from the latter in 1997 and several years later attempted to enter into union with France, but had its request declined. In 2008, Comoran forces invaded Anjouan and once again made it part of the official Union of the Comoros.
All licenses are issued by Anjouan Corporate Services Ltd, the office of the government of Anjouan that is responsible for issuing banking, online gaming, brokerage, finance, and insurance licenses. In order to apply, applicants must submit a proof of identification such as a driving license or passport, proof of address, a bank reference, and proof of no prior convictions. Companies must also submit a proof of registration. Once all of the documents are submitted, it takes about a week to receive a license, provided all of the documentation is in order.
Note that licenses are only issued to companies already registered in Anjouan and that companies must use banking institutions based on the islands. Companies holding gaming licenses from Anjouan may operate and locate their servers anywhere in the world, meaning that the island represents little more than a tax haven for the operator.
We were not able to locate any information about complaints and dispute resolution for casinos operating in this jurisdiction. This should clearly be a red flag for gamers considering wagering their hard-earned money at any casino registered on the island.
Also, does all of this political instability bother you? Well, the people at the Corporate Services Ltd do point out that "If there is a Coup d'etat there is little which we can do as it depends on which Government takes over and the conditions enforced." How reassuring!
Having said all this, we are only aware of one group of casinos currently licensed in Anjouan, and that is the Slotland group which also includes Winaday Casino. Tinpot licensing jurisdiction notwithstanding, they have proven themselves to be an honest and trustworthy operator after more than 15 years in business. However if any other new operators without such a history do decide to set themselves up in Anjouan in the future we would urge caution before sending any money their way.