Ethiopia is a white-level online gambling jurisdiction, and it's not established if Internet gambling is legal or illegal.

Ethiopia is a land-locked country located in western Africa. It borders Eritrea to the north, Djibouti to the north-east, Somalia to the east, Kenya to the south, South Sudan to the west and Sudan to the north-west.


There is no level of any type of regulation for online gambling in Ethiopia, but some laws regarding the National Lottery Administration (NLA) and its ability to license games could impact online gambling law in this country. The NLA has been authorized since 1961 to run certain types of games including a lottery. They've also been given other permissions to regulate gambling games like poker, casino, video poker, bingo, billiards and so on.

One of the problems with the NLA is a combination of corruption and ineptitude. There have been tons of accusations against the NLA of licensing multi-level marketing-style companies that have largely fleeced its customer base without offering competitive chances to win. Other shady practices by the companies licensed to run land-based games like lotteries have been the subject of tons of complaints, but the NLA has done nothing about it.


The National Lottery Administration of Ethiopia most likely has the legal authority to license companies for offering online gambling. However, no companies have been licensed to do so to date, and there are no specific guidelines available to the public for what a company would need to do to become licensed. Many of the land-based companies that have been licensed have been known for shady business practices and a low level of service. While it's not clear to what level this speaks to any sort of corruption, it does illustrate that either through pure ineptitude or back-room dealings, licenses from the NLA will not mean much, and they should not inspire customer trust at this time.

Player Protections

No sort of reasonable player protection is offered by the National Lottery Administration on their land-based games, so if they were to ever start offering licenses for online operations, it wouldn't be advisable that players frequent those games. There are no laws in Ethiopia that ban online gambling for players, however, so players from this country would be better off sticking to foreign operators who have a solid reputation for taking care of their players and being reliable with cash outs.

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