As part of a continuing trend in online gaming regulation, the Spanish government has imposed various restrictions on online casinos. In response to these events, both Unibet Casino and Maria Casino have made the decision to cease operating for players residing in Spain on the 14th of December. We are saddened by this news, but rest assured that both of these fine NetEnt casinos will continue operations as normal in all other countries.
If You Live in Spain
We sincerely apologize to all of our readers who currently play at Unibet Casino or Maria Casino who live in Spain. However, please rest assured that the departure will be conducted professionally. If you have a balance left over in your casino, please make a withdrawal request as soon as possible so you can receive your funds in a timely manner. Spanish players who still have funds in their accounts after the 14th will be contacted by the casino about obtaining their remaining balances.
A Bit of Background
The regulatory pattern found in the European Union has been developing for quite some time. Nations like France and the Netherlands were among the first to implement these rules in the hopes of establishing more government control over the industry. However, these rules have made it very unattractive for current online casinos to continue operating the way they have been for quite some time.
The rules proposed by the Spanish online gambling trade association (AEDAPI) are a fine example of this. Starting in 2012, revenues that online casinos make from Spanish markets will be taxed at a 25% rate. Additionally, some of the services offered currently by gaming sites will not be permitted after the new laws are enacted. It's easy to see why large operators like Unibet and Maria would be hesitant to continue offering their services in this highly regulated sector.
Continued Operations Elsewhere
We would like to emphasize that business will be continuing as usual for players in all other countries in the world. Unibet Casino and Maria Casino are not undergoing any major changes, nor will they be restricting their services at this time to anyone else. This announcement is completely due to the recent government policy changes in Spain, and therefore only players from Spain will be prohibited from playing in the near future.
Please note that this applies to players who use the Spanish-speaking website, as well. Both Unibet Casino and Maria Casino will continue offering their services in the Spanish language. Therefore, as long as you do not reside in Spain, you should not see any differences in your experience at either of these sites.
About Unibet and Maria
Both Unibet Casino and Maria Casino are massive online gaming sites that use NetEnt software to power their games. They have been held in high regard for years in the online gaming community, and we can vouch for their reputation. They have a virtually spotless record with player complaints, 24/7 support capabilities, and a wide variety of banking options to accommodate for all players around the world. Although their departure from Spain is unfortunate, we are confident that both casinos will continue to offer excellent service everywhere else.