The remote gaming sector is the most dynamic and the fastest growing gaming sector in Malta. It 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 in Malta in the 2000, was established under the Public Lotto Ordinance (L.N. 34 of 2000), to regulate offshore betting offices. Since then LGA has developed its methodologies to regulate the procedures of remote gaming operations, and in April 2004, revamped Remote Gaming Regulations were published. Malta became the first EU member state to regulate Remote Gaming.
The LGA regulatory regime aims to be both technology neutral and game neutral – encompassing 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 under LGA regulations will be considered for licensing.
Under the Remote Gaming Regulations, 2004 there are four classes by which an operator may be licensed.
In March 2005, the Malta Remote Gaming Council was launched. This Council brings together all our remote gaming licensees, giving them a great opportunity to meet new challenges backed by the inherent advantages of collective effort. LGA also launched an on-line forum aiming to create an on going discussion between all stakeholders, ISP providers, legal and financial representatives in the Malta remote gaming industry. For more information kindly visit the website www.mrgc.org.mt