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Malta Jurisdiction News

Viral awarded license by Malta Gaming Authority
The white label multi-channel provider has received a Class 1 license on 4 license and will be rolling out its partner sites, starting with LuckyCasino.

Record-setting Battle of Malta awards nearly €900,000
The biggest poker tournament held on the isle of Malta featured an impressive prize pool thanks to a total of 1,813 entries, the most ever in the event's five-year history.

Cherry iGaming granted U.K. gaming license
PlayCherry, a subsidiary of Cherry iGaming, has received a local license from the U.K Gambling Commission and will offer its products to the U.K. market.

Energy Casino winner takes Maltese holiday
After a serious winning streak, player Jaroslav used his accumulated EnergyPoints -- the casino's unique reward system -- to visit Malta.

SiGMA releases magazine prior to Malta Gaming Week
The fifth edition of the SiGMAgazine features 220 pages of information on remote gaming and can be requested via email or viewed on the Malta Gaming Summit website.

Magnet Gaming expands internationally
The company has made the strategic decision to obtain licenses in new European countries in order to extend the range of their offering.

PariPlay launches Atari Star Raiders online slot
The company's newest release, based on the 1979 Atari video arcade game, features five reels, 20 lines and jackpot.

Tempobet increases live dealer offering
The online sportsbook now features live casino games from Evolution Gaming, including branded blackjack tables and Immersive Lite Roulette.

Habanero strikes deal with Slotegrator
The company's partnership with the online slots aggregator will see its HTML5 titles integrated into Slotegrator's mobile platform.

European Poker Tour returns with Malta event schedule
The tour, sponsored by PokerStars, will be held from 18 to 29 October in Malta, with an 84-event lineup that includes satellite options.

iGaming Education Forum confirms fantasy sports seminar
SiGMA 2016 will welcome co-founder and CEO of Oulala, Valéry Bollier, and Malta Gaming Authority's Senior Legal Advisor, Michele Magro, for a session dedicated to the current and future trends in the world of fantasy sports.

Relax Gaming obtains Romanian license
The platform provider, one of the first suppliers to be granted a license in Romania, will distribute its casino games through its Silver Bullet platform.

APCW Perspectives: The 500th episode
This week, J. Todd celebrates the 500th show with online gambling news from Malta, France, China and the United States. Plus, information on another affiliate program closing its doors.

SiGMA to feature careers convention
Day two of the Summit of iGaming Malta will host an event for all developers and graduates seeking a career in iGaming.

iGaming Education Forum emphasizes responsible gaming
The forum, taking place for the first time during the SiGMA conference in November, will feature social responsibility toward gaming as a top priority.

Malta iGaming Seminar to host first iGaming Idol
The 8th annual seminar will include an awards gala dinner celebrating employees within the industry.

SiGMA establishes Malta Gaming Week partnerships
In addition to four conferences by SiGMA during the mid November summit, events from KPMG, iGaming Academy and more will be available for attendees.

SBTech secures software license in Malta
The provider of online sports book solutions has obtained a full Class 4 Remote Gaming License by the Malta Gaming Authority.

Win a trip to paradise with Casino Room
Any €50 wagered on any slot game earns players one ticket to the World Tour lottery, where a trip to Malta is up for grabs.

EveryMatrix celebrates successful first half of 2016
The company launched 25 new operators across Europe and Asia, increased monthly live events in OddsMatrix and more.

Dragonara Casino to run dual play roulette streamed online from casino floor
Players on Dragonara Live Casino can join in the roulette fun along with players in Dragonara Casino in Malta.

Speakers to watch out for at World Regulatory Brief at SiGMA 2015
The conference will take place on Nov. 6 at the InterContinental Conference Area and will last half a day, giving attendees the rest of the day to network.

Networking bonanza at SiGMA 2015
Affiliates can register for free to attend the SiGMA '15 iGaming conference in Malta this November.

Malta awards Bet365 sports betting licence
Bet365 obtain sports betting licence in Malta.

Malta: More gaming licences suspended
Three more online gambling companies in Malta have licences suspended by the Malta Gaming Authority.

Six online gaming companies in Malta have assets seized
Six Maltese illegal online gambling companies assets have been seized and licences suspended.

Malta

Malta is an independent republic and a member of the British Commonwealth. It became a member state of the European Union on 1 May 2004. Malta is one of the world's largest and most respected online gaming jurisdictions and was the first EU member state to regulate remote gaming.

Malta began licensing online gambling sites in 2000 under the Public Lotto Ordinance (L.N. 34 of 2000). The Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) is responsible for the governance of gaming in Malta and has developed policies for their remote gambling operations.

In 2004, the Remote Gambling Regulations (L.N. 176/04) were revamped to offer four classes of Remote Gambling Licenses (RGL). Class 1 licenses are for operators providing online casino games, lotteries, slots, games of chance and games that use a random number generator. Class 2 licenses are for operators offering online sports and betting, fixed-odds betting, pool betting, and spread betting. Class 3 licenses are for Malta advertisers and promotion companies including P2P, poker networks, betting exchanges, and game portals. Class 4 licenses are for companies that host and manage remote gaming operations but are not themselves operators, such as software vendors who provide management and hosting facilities on their platform.

A prospective licensee establishing an online gaming operation in Malta must set up a corporate entity for its operations. Previously, this was established by registering a limited-liability company in Malta. Newer regulations under the Companies Act now qualify any Malta corporation to apply for a remote gaming license. All four RGLs are liable for tax payments. Malta's regulation cap on gaming tax is a maximum annual EUR 466,000.

Licenses are granted for five-year periods. Administrative and License Fees at present are: New License Application Fee, EUR 2,330; System Audit Fee, EUR 1,770; License Fee, EUR 8,500 annually per license; License Renewal Application Fee, EUR 1,500; License Transfer or Assignment Approval Fee, EUR 1,500; Approval of Simple Contractual Commercial Agreement, EUR 70 annually per contract; and Compliance Audit, EUR 2,750.

Class 1 License: EUR 4,600 first six months, then EUR 7,000; Class 1 License operating on a hosting platform in possession of a Class 4 RGL: EUR 1,200 monthly; Class 2 License: 0.5% of the gross amount of bets accepted in remote betting operations; Class 2 License operating on a hosting platform in possession of a Class 4 RGL: 0.5% of the gross amount of bets accepted in remote betting operations; Class 3 License: 5% of real income; Class 3 License operating on a hosting platform in possession of a Class 4 RGL: 5% of real income; Class 4 License hosting and managing remote gaming operators: EUR 0 (zero) first six months, EUR 2,330 monthly for next six months, then EUR 4,660 monthly thereafter; Class 4 License hosting and managing an operator not in possession of the relevant Class 1, 2 or 3 license needed, however, hosting an EEA-licensed business to consumer operator: EUR 1,165 monthly per operator, paid by the Class 4 licensee.

In March 2005, the first Malta Remote Gaming Council (MRGC) was elected. The Council encompasses remote gaming operators and service providers. The MRGC launched an online forum for discussion of legal, technical, and administrative issues among the operators and service providers.

In September 2007, Malta made the United Kingdom's whitelist of countries that match its stringent gaming regulations, contributing to a steady rise in Malta licensees.

In June 2011, the application process was streamlined so applicants may submit all required licensing information at once. The LGA assesses whether an applicant is fit to conduct gaming business, has a sound business strategy, has the operational and statutory requirements to meet Maltese laws, and has correctly implemented its application's technical environment.

The first three stages of the process should conclude within 12-16 weeks. Low-quality applications are dropped at this point, though the applicant can reapply. Successful applicant reviews are invited to implement their technical environment. The applicant has 60 days to complete the operation or be forced to reapply. Once live, the licensee undergoes compliance audits, which occur after the first year of operation, the third year of operation, on the implementation of gross changes in the gaming system or anytime the LGA has suspicions of deviation of regulations. Failure of a compliance audit may lead to suspension or termination of a license.

In 2012, the Malta Gaming Authority signed a memorandum of understanding with the Danish Gaming Authority and the Jersey Gambling Commission to enhance cooperation by the exchange of information and investigative assistance of providers and remote gaming services among their regulatory agencies.

In 2015, the Malta Gaming Authority suspended the gaming licenses of five operators who had ties to Mafia activity in the country.


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