Colombian gambling regulatory body Coljuegos announced the issuing of its 17th online gambling license to the Bogota-based Games and Betting S.A.S., which plans to offer sports betting and casino products from its Betjuego.co domain for three-years.

Colombia issued its first online gambling license in July 2017, after the country became the first South American jurisdiction to approve online gambling legislation last year. Of the 17 current online licensees, 10 received their official permits in 2018.

Coljuegos president Juan B. Pérez Hidalgo recently celebrated the regulated market’s growth over its first 19 months of existence. The official figures for 2018 show the regulator’s take from online taxes and fees hitting COP37.9b (US$12.26m) in 2018.

There were 1.9m accounts registered with Colombian-licensed online operators at the end of 2018, a number that Coljuegos says has since grown to over 2m.

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