The Remote Gaming sector is the most dynamic and the fastest growing gaming sector in Malta, which is regulated under the provisions of the Remote Gaming Regulations (L.N. 176/04).
The sector dynamics of Remote Gaming coupled with the technological convergence created the need for a remodelled regulatory framework. The first on-line betting site in Malta was launched in 2000, and established under the Public Lotto Ordinance (L.N. 34 of 2000), to regulate offshore betting offices. Since then Malta Gaming Authority (MGA), has developed its methodologies to regulate the procedures of remote gaming operations. In April 2004, the revamped Remote Gaming Regulations were published, with Malta becoming the first EU member state to regulate Remote Gaming. The Regulations are further divided in four classes.
The MGA regulatory regime aims to be both technology and game neutral. It encompasses any type of gaming using a means of distance communication (including internet, digital TV, mobile phone technology, telephone and fax). Any Remote Game which can be securely managed by MGA Regulations will be considered for licensing.
In March 2005, the Malta Remote Gaming Council was launched. This Council brings together all our remote gaming licensees, which gives the opportunity to meet new challenges backed by the inherent advantages of a collective effort. The Authority has also launched an on-line forum with the aim of having an on-going discussion between all stakeholders; namely ISP providers, legal and financial representatives in the Malta Remote Gaming Industry. For more information kindly visit the website www.mrgc.org.mt.