Malta regulatory dispute over server seals

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Complaints (PAB) Manager
Staff member
Jan 20, 2004
Thought a selective bit of quoting might be worthwhile:
How Malta rolled dice on online gambling supervision: documents

By Francesco Guarascio | BRUSSELS


MGA monitors companies in part by telling its employees to attach stickers onto the computer servers used to run the gambling websites. Those stickers mark them with an ID number that must match the equipment registered with the MGA by the online operator.


Yet three separate internal email exchanges shown to Reuters by Valery Atanasov, a former employee of the watchdog, showed representatives of three companies themselves referring to situations that were in breach of that system of markers, known as “seals”.

In at least a dozen other cases, Atanasov reported discrepancies at company sites to his managers at the MGA, which at the time was called the Lotteries and Gaming Authority (LGA), other emails showed.

Lax supervision “creates conditions that allow suspicious financial operations, money laundering and other criminal practices," Atanasov said, providing no specifics. The Bulgarian national was fired by the LGA in 2015 and is fighting his dismissal in the Maltese courts.


Reuters has no evidence that any online gaming company engaged in wrongdoing and could not verify the assertions made by the participants in the email exchanges.

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Unofficial T&C's Editor
Staff member
May 22, 2012
the bus shelter, opposite GCHQ Benhall
The inference is that there are 'bungs' being placed here. Israel is only just over the water. :rolleyes:

So players have been playing for years at sites where there is not a compliant 'seal' on the server. Mmmm....