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Online Gaming in Spain

Authored by Chevron Group (Last Updated June 2024)



Spain Online Gaming Overview

The legal framework for gaming at State level, special designed for online gambling – operation via electronic, computerised, telematic and interactive means, in which “in person” means are of an accessory nature-, is contained under Law 13/2011 of 27 May, on the regulation of gambling at State level.

The mentioned Law applies for B2B and B2C operators.

The land-based gambling is regulated by the Autonomous Regions, which are coordinated by DGOJ.

Furthermore, the Autonomous Regions and the Government are coordinated through ‘Consejo de Politicas de Juego’ (CPJ).

 The DGOJ (‘Dirección General de Ordenación del Juego’) – it is a body of the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, under the authority of the General Secretariat for Consumer Affairs and Gambling.

Therefore, DGOJ, it is the body in charge as gambling regulator in Spain. Among its duties are: (i) regulation, (ii) licencing, (iii) supervision, (iv) coordination, (v) control and, where appropriate, (vi) sanctioning of gambling activities at state level.

 On 05/05/2020 Mikel Arana was appointed, proposed by the head of Consumer Affairs (Alberto Garzón), as responsible of DGOJ.

Licences are divided into general licences and specific licences (depending on the type of game the operator wants to offer). Licenses are granted through a tender process.

 The National Lottery, in general terms, is reserved for the operators designated by law, these operators are the ‘Sociedad Estatal de Loterías y Apuestas del Estado (S.M.E.)’ and ‘Organización Nacional de Ciegos Españoles (ONCE)’. Notwithstanding the authorisations that DGOJ may grant.

The scope of application of Law 13/2011:

  • Gaming activities associated to lotteries, betting and any other which is understood to mean any activity involving risking sums of money or items of economic value in whatever form. Regardless of whether the level of skill of the players is decisive in the results or they depend wholly or fundamentally on luck
  • Raffles and contests in which participation is carried out by means of a monetary consideration
  • Games played occasionally
  • Cross-border gaming activities

The following are excluded from the scope of application:

  • Games or contests played purely for leisure, as a hobby or for recreational purposes, as long as they do not produce economically assessable transfers
  • Gaming activities carried out via electronic, computerised, telematic or interactive means not included within the scope of the State
  • Random combinations with advertising or promotional aims, notwithstanding what is established above

As a general principle, Law 13/2011 states that any form of unregulated gambling shall be considered as prohibited.

It is the responsibility of the Ministry of Economy and Finance to establish, by Ministerial Order, the basic regulations for the development of each game.

Operators can request the regulation of a game which is not yet regulated to DGOJ which may reject or approve the proposal.

Market size
The online gambling market in Spain is measured annual and published in DGOJ’s website. The last report analyses the data of the year 2022.

The Gross Gaming Revenue (GGR) is a measure used in the gambling market.  It reflects the difference between the amount of money players wager minus the amount they win.

  • The EUR 1,236.75 million of GGR are distributed in EUR 491.80 million in Betting (39.77%)
  • EUR 14.37 million in Bingo (1.16%); EUR 624.76 million in Casino (50.52%)
  • EUR 0.48 million in Contests (0.04%) and EUR 115.34 million in Poker (8.52%)
  • The betting segment had a year over year growth of 36.57%. The growth is due to in-played sports betting, which increased by 48.73%, and pre-match betting increased 15.30%. Other fixed-odds  betting also increased by 191.88% in 2023
  • The GGR of 2023 was EUR 1,236.75 million, up to 28.38% year over year

Overall, the evolution of gambling data in Spain shows that gambling activity has been growing in a stable manner. This gives more confidence in the market.

For more information, please visit the General Directorate for the Regulation of Gambling website.

Competitive landscape
There are 78 operators licensed with DGOJFor more information, please see the list of licensed operators here.

 Although, land-based gambling is not regulated by DGOJ, further information about land-based gambling can be requested from the different bodies of the autonomous communities.

Payment methods
DGOJ publishes annually the ‘report on the online gambler’. During the year 2023 (visit the website), the common means of payment used to deposits were credit card (76.01%) followed by the electronic purse (12.71%).

Operators are allowed to advertise their services subject to authorisation, which should be granted with their licence by the DGOJ.

You can check which operators are authorised to carry out advertising activities here.

Royal Decree 958/2020 of 3 November on commercial communications for gambling activities, introduced new rules for the regulation of gambling operators’ advertising, e.g., time slots where advertising is prohibited; appearance in commercial communications of persons or characters of public relevance or notoriety, whether real or fictional, is prohibited, among others.

May be further restricted by the new Royal Decree that will come into force next year.

Top Key Attractions and Challenges

  • Market which has potential and not saturated, as per the number of active operators.
  • No need to be based in Spain.
  • The general and singular licensing process covers a very wide range of products that operators can offer.
  • Regulated, but without ‘burdening’ the sector.


  • Relatively low mandatory deposit limits imposed on daily / weekly/ monthly basis
  • Regulation to be strengthened in the coming years, especially from the perspective of responsible gambling. There is only one procedural for licences (B2B and B2C)
  • Low market and regulatory awareness of the gaming sector compared to other countries.
  • Low awareness of Operators, even with Spanish licence, on regulation and requirements.
  • Negative view of gambling within Spanish culture.

Licensing & Regulation

Well-regulated / Unregulated (Open)

Spain Online Gaming Licensing & Regulation

Licence Triggers
The Licence Triggers are regulated within the main legislation on gambling (Law 13/2011, Royal Decree 1613/2011 and Royal Decree 1614/2011 on Gambling)

The offering of games of chance which fall under the scope of Law 13/2011, including B2B or B2C operators, as well as the advertising thereof is considered as licence triggers.

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Light touch

Spain Online Gaming Enforcement

Regulating bodies
The main regulatory bodies in Spain on online gambling are:

DGOJ SEPBLAC (‘Executive Service of the Commission for the Prevention of Money Laundering and Monetary Offenses’), as Financial Intelligence Unit and Supervisor

Other bodies worth mentioning are:

Gambling Policy Council:  is the state and regional body for participation and coordination on gambling matters. Fiscalia Anti Corrupcion (Anti-Corruption Prosecutor)


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Spain Online Gaming Marketing

Marketing is permitted but restricted by Royal Decree 958/2020 of 3 November on commercial communications for gambling activities. Also, Law 13/2011 establishes dispositions on operators to be complied when advertising.

In addition, the licence obtained by the operator must allow the operator to carry out such advertising activities. Otherwise, it shall be prohibited.

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Spain Online Gaming Fees

Application fees

Fees for General Licence: Fee for registration in the Register of Concurrents EUR 2,500 Licence application fee EUR 10,000 Fee for the issuing of technical reports: EUR 38,000 Fee for registration in the Register of Licences: EUR 2,500 Fees Singular Licence: Licence application fee: EUR 10,000 Fee for registration in the Register of Licences: EUR 2,500

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Spain Online Gaming Taxes

The body in charge is ‘Agencia Estatal de Administración Tributaria’ (AEAT). AEAT has competences related to taxes on the gambling sector coordinated with DGOJ.

The tax rates for operators with tax residence and located in the Autonomous Cities of Ceuta and Melilla will be lower. In this regard, it should be noted that Law 13/2011 in its article 48 established a...

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Future Outlook


Spain Online Gaming Future Outlook

The new Royal Decree implementing safer gaming environments has implemented additional measures for specific products and implemented new categories of players (young players, at-risk players and intensive players).

Some key points that can be highlighted are:

Operators must designate a person responsible for safe gambling who will act as a point of contact with the authority responsible for regulating gambling....

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