The Bulgarian State Commission on Gambling has been issuing online licenses since 2012. Any casino game, with the exception of raffles and instant lottery games, which are state-operated, can be offered online in the country.
Applicants looking to run an online casino are subject to the same eligibility criteria as those seeking to operate a land-based establishment. Effectively anyone in Bulgaria can apply to run an online casino, whether they are Bulgarian-based companies, the Bulgarian state, sole traders, or non-profit organizations in the country. Companies based in another member state of the European Economic Area (EEA) can also apply.
Foreign companies or individuals can also apply for an online casino license, but only if they invest at least €5million in other activities in Bulgaria and create more than 500 jobs.
There are a number of other criteria any applicant is subject to, with the main points being:
- Anyone involved in the application must not have been convicted of a crime or declared insolvent
- Applicants must not have been sanctioned for unlicensed gambling activities
- The applicant must have €100,000 readily available to support the performance of its online casino