The gaming industry has transcended the limitations of brick and mortar casinos and high street betting shops, relying evermore on high tech innovations that have increased player interactivity and made it possible to deliver gaming anytime, anywhere and on any telecommunication device. For this reason gaming is also fraught with difficulties when it comes to define its conceptual and legal parameters. Regulators are finding it increasingly important to be backed by an effective legislative instrument and to have a sound corporate structure that enables them to take on new challenges.
The enactment of the Lotteries and Other Games Act, 2001 aimed to bring all gaming activities, with the exception of land-based casinos, under one comprehensive legislative instrument. The Act vested the Authority with a wide array of powers, thereby providing the necessary tools to implement effective regulation.
- Protecting minors and vulnerable persons;
- Safeguarding players' rights;
- Promoting responsible gaming in a safe environment;
- Ensuring the integrity of games and gaming devices;
- Keeping gaming free from criminal activities.
- Consolidate all the regulatory functions relating to gaming activities;
- Operate a successful and a fully integrated Authority;
- Support the industry and technological innovation;
- Provide authoritative and accessible information;
- Provide a one-stop-shop for licensing.
- Conducting research on various aspects of gaming;
- Granting licences relating to gaming and lotteries;
- Monitoring licensed gaming;
- Collecting gaming taxes on behalf of the Government;
- Supporting good causes;
- Ensuring that the sector contributes to the country's development.