The Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) participated in the Summit of iGaming Malta (SiGMA) 2016 held at the InterContinental Arena between 16 and 19 November 2016. SiGMA brought together the entire gaming community, from affiliates and operators to regulators and service providers.

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(From left to right) Michele Magro from MGA, Ben Carlotti from Oulala, Jeffrey Haas from DraftKings and Serge Shapavaloff from EP Fantasy on a panel titled moderated by Joseph Borg from WH Partners

During the first day of SiGMA, Dr Michele Magro, Senior Legal Advisor at the MGA participated in a panel titled ‘Fantasy Sport and its growing popularity across continents’ together with Ben Carlotti from Oulala, Jeffrey Haas from DraftKings and Serge Shapavaloff from EP Fantasy, moderated by Joseph Borg from WH Partners, which focused on the increasing popularity of fantasy sport and its role in European markets. Dr Magro also moderated the Fantasy Sport session during the iGaming Education Forum.

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MGA’s Executive Chairman Joseph Cuschieri, during his opening remarks for Day Two of SiGMA 2016 at the KPMG Summit

The MGA’s Executive Chairman, Joseph Cuschieri addressed the event during the second day’s opening remarks by giving an outline on the regulatory overhaul which aims to make Malta the Silicon Valley of the iGaming sector. Mr Cuschieri was also one of the panel speakers during a session titled ‘Catapulting Malta into the future’ together with Ulrik Bengtsson from Betsson Group, Olga Finkel from WH Partners, Kenneth Farrugia from BOV and Anton Cristina from CSL, moderated by Hon. Minister Evarist Bartolo. The session focused on the ongoing changes that are taking place in the regulatory sphere and their impact on the gaming sector in Malta. The panel also touched upon what’s needed to maintain the attractiveness of Malta as a gaming jurisdiction of excellence.

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(From left to right) Russell Kelly from KPMG Isle of Man, Robin Le Prevost from Le Prevost Consultancy and Peter Howitt Ramparts during a panel titled ‘The Brexit Looking Glass’ moderated by Edwina Licari from MGA

Dr Edwina Licari, MGA’s Chief Officer – International/EU and Legal Affairs moderated a panel titled ‘The Brexit Looking Glass’ which had the participation of Russell Kelly from KPMG Isle of Man, Robin Le Prevost from Le Prevost Consultancy and Peter Howitt from Ramparts. The discussion revolved around the ramifications of a Great Britain outside the EU and its impact on Malta as a gaming jurisdiction.

SiGMA proved once again to be an excellent networking and knowledge sharing opportunity for all stakeholders in gaming industry.