Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) in the News — Weekly Round-up for June 02, 2017

By Brian Cullingworth, Last updated Jun 2, 2017

Sky Betting And Gaming Apply For MGA License

Regulator reveals 79 percent increase in license applications

The Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) has received a formal application from Sky Betting and Gaming for a sports betting license.

“We are delighted that a prestigious operator and brand like Skybet applied for a license with the MGA,” Joseph Cuschieri, executive chairman of the MGA said.

“The fact that Skybet applied for a license in Malta is testimony to our reputation and encourages us to keep raising the bar in innovation, governance and thought leadership in gaming regulation.”

In related news, the MGA published regulatory data for the first four months of 2017 revealing a 79 percent increase in license applications and a 33 percent increase in licenses issued compared to the first four months of 2016.

The upsurge in applications is attributed to an increase in traditional gaming products as well as the recently introduced Skill Games Regulations such as fantasy sports.

Furthermore, the MGA said it had registered an increase in enforcement activity between the same period over the last three years.

Ganapati Awarded Malta License

Door opens to Malta-licensed operators

The Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) has awarded games developer Ganapati Malta a Class 4 licence enabling the games developer to offer its range of Japanese-styled slots to Malta-licensed operators.

Mitsuya Fujimoto, chief executive of Ganapati Malta and chief operating officer of Ganapati Plc holding company, said: “Having our first licence in Malta is a milestone for the company and we are proud to be associated with Malta and the MGA.

“The MGA has shown efficiency and professionalism throughout the process in working with our in-house team in ensuring we met all the requirements of the application.”

Brian Cullingworth

Infopowa news was a staple of Casinomeister’s news from 2000 until 2019. Brian Cullingworth was the main writer, contributor, and was one of the most knowledgeable persons I have ever known involved in the online casino industry.

We first met in January 2001 at the ICE in London where I observed him going booth to booth interviewing online casino, software, and licensing jurisdiction representatives. Brian was also heavily involved with our forum as “Jetset“, he was involved as an informal consultant to eCOGRA, the OPA, and was a player advocate who assisted countless aggrieved players with his connections to industry folks. He also published “Casino Cautions” via Infopowa news for quite a number of years. These can be found in our news archives.

His passing in February 2019 was a dark day for us. He will be forever missed.

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