Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) in the News — Weekly Round-up for January 25, 2019

MGA Distances Itself From Numerous Online Operations

Sunny Casino, Lucky Casino, White Casino and Malta Casino

The Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) has distanced itself from sunny-casino.net, lucky-casino.co, white-casino.net and malta-casino.com saying it has no connection with these operators and any reference to the MGA are false and misleading.

Two of the operators, White-Casino and Sunny-Casino are listed as being operated by MT SuperPlay Limited with ownership by SuperPlay Limited. The other two, lucky-casino and malta-casino, are listed as being owned by TEM Group Ltd.

All four of these operations appear to be owned/operated by the same outfit with almost identical layout and the same 18-game selection from NetEnt, including Gonzo’s Quest, Sparks, Jimi Hendrix, Koi Princess and Guns ’n Roses and two table games European Roulette and Blackjack.

Sunny-casino claims MGA Licensing under MGA/CD3/457/2013 and MGA/CD3/353/2013, UK Gambling Commission licensing under 309655-R-139458-007 and AAMS licensing (no reference provided) – all appear to be non-existent.

Sunny Casino’s terms and conditions offer additional license numbers LGA/CL1/192/2004 and LGA/CL3/192/2009 listed by other numerous online gambling operators including Casino-Super.net and Malta-Casino.com.

White-Casino claims Malta licensing under MGA/CL1/457/2014 and MGA/CL1/295/2014 as well as under UK Gambling Commission license 309575-R-139439-007.

Malta-Casino and Lucky-casino both claim Malta licensing under LGA/CL1/183/2007, LGA/CL1/770/20010, LGA/CL1/770/2011, and LGA/CL1/796/2011.

All four operators offer Russian, English and Polish language options.

MGA Suspends Bet Service Group License

No explanation as to why as an investigation “may be pending”

The Malta Gaming Authority has suspended Bet Service Group Limited’s B2C Service license MGA/B2C/344/2016 with immediate effect.

Bet Service Group Limited operates gamebet.com.

The group has been directed to indefinitely suspend all gaming operations, cease to register new players or accept any deposits on the Licence and to submit all data and documentation requested by the Authority.

“Furthermore the Authority hereby notifies that any websites operated by Bet Service Group Limited, or associated with Bet Service Group Limited, and which make reference to the Authority or the above-quoted licence is not approved to be operational by the Authority.

“Due to the suspension of the licence, Bet Service Group Limited is therefore not authorised to continue conducting gaming by means of distance communications under an Authority licence,” an MGA statement reads.

The Paradise Papers have raised their head again, in relation to this company two employees of Bet Services Limited were named in the Offshore Leaks Database under the Malta corporate registry by The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, namely Joseph Borg and Pablo Pohyba.

BF Games Awarded Malta License

Expands into new jurisdiction

Creative game development studio BeeFee has been awarded a B2B license by the MGA enabling its BF Games products to be available to Malta-licensed operators for the first time.

BeeFee’s own Remote Gaming Server will allow BF Games’ comprehensive portfolio to be distributed directly to operators, ensuring ease of integration and speed to market.

Wiktor Grabarczyk, Head of Legal at BeeFee, said:

“Malta is the key region in which BeeFee wishes to advance and develop.

“It is exciting to now be licensed there as the country has established itself as a successful iGaming hub.

“The license granted by the Malta Gambling Authority acknowledges the high level of quality of our products. Now, with a range of new opportunities, we can embark on further expansion.”

BeeFee already holds licenses in the UK, Latvia and Montenegro jurisdictions.

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