Hungary Online Casino update 2020
Wednesday 15th April 2020
Since the beginning of the internet and for more than 20 years online casinos and gambling sites have existed through offering casino, sports and poker services to customers in the EU and around the world. In comparison to the speed and evolution of technology in the same 20 years, relatively speaking not much has really changed about online casino products in terms of the types of games and way that the games are accessed and played. Of course the online games are fun and entertaining, but the way the games are accessed and played using websites and mobile applications largely remains the same. However, one area in the online gaming industry that has changed dramatically since the early 2000's is the whole topic related to compliance, regulation and legalisation.
When the internet started operators were opening gambling websites and there were no restrictions in any countries, but then slowly over the years countries started introducing their own legislations one by one, which the operators had to abide by. Hungary was comparatively late in terms of introducing regulations but unlike most countries that were introducing legislation to ensure that operators were offering services in an authentic and legitimate manner, to many people the Hungarian government appeared to be introducing legislation with the objective of blocking foreign companies from offering services to Hungarians because they wanted to influence the companies and therefore profits that were being earned in this industry.
The quick and short answer to this question is yes, it is safe, legal and permitted to play online casino games in Hungary and it is all also allowed to play with gambling sites from other countries that are licensed and regulated within the EU. It is one of the fundamental principles of the free market of the European Union that a company that is licensed and regulated in a country that is a part of the European Union can use that same license to offer gambling services to each country that is part of the EU. In fact the larger companies that offer services to customers globally have the biggest and best reputations since they have been legitimately operating since the early 2000's.
As we know, a country that is part of the EU can not block EU regulated companies from offering services to players in another EU country.
Whilst this article focuses on explaining why online casinos are legal, more info can be found on websites such as this one that reviews Hungarian online casinos in detail, explaining all of the pros and cons of the best HU sites. The best operators provide their products with Hungarian language, with currency in Forints, and with customised offers and bonuses for Hungarian Players.
In the case of Hungary it took several years and many EU court cases before the HU government realised that it had to allow such open market conditions to companies within this industry.
The Hungarian government was trying its hardest to prevent gaming operators from outside of the country offering services to its citizens, but then at the end of 2017, one of the worlds largest gambling groups called Kindred won a lawsuit in the EU courts, but it wasn't just the largest operators that took up cases against the Hungarian government. Many operators took up cases in the EU courts and the late 2017 ruling by the EU was used as a precedent to clear up all the other cases which were also won in favour of the legal EU regulated operators.
Shortly after the EU decisions, what followed was perhaps the most important outcome of all, when the Hungarian main court ratified and agreed with the EU court decision making it official and applicable to Hungary. So to summarize the Hungarian main court confirmed that online gaming is legal and permitted in the country.
For the years leading up to this landmark 2017 court case the Hungarian government had implemented regulations trying to push out the large operators that are licensed and regulated in the EU through licenses held with multiple legitimate and respected countries, such as with the gambling commission in the UK, the MGA based out of Malta and the Gibraltar Betting and Gaming authority.
The main principle of the EU being to create an open and free market.
Under EU laws, the licenses held with these regulators permit the operators to offer services to all customers within the EU.
As mentioned above there are some specific requirements that EU countries expect companies to abide by, such as in the UK the specific text and language used on marketing materials is strictly controlled, and in countries Sweden the types of promotions that can be offered to customers is restricted, as well all countries have very specific policies and monitoring in place to prevent gambling by minors, and also to protect citizens from problem gambling issues. But as mentioned, as whilst the companies are adhering the nuances of the individual countries regulations, they are permitted to offer services to the citizens within the country itself.