Remote gaming refers to any form of gaming by means of distance communication including internet, digital TV, mobile phone technology, telephone and fax.

 

Malta has a reputation of a leader in this sector. Malta was the first EU Member State to regulate on-line Gaming. Gaming is regulated under the Lotteries and Other Games Act 2001. The regulatory body is the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA).

 

Remote gaming is specifically regulated under the provisions of the Remote Gaming Regulations (LN 176/04). Some of the key aspects of the regulations include:

 

·         A revocable privilege not a right

·         Licensing period

·         Control system specification

Ø  the operation of remote gaming

Ø  general procedures to be followed for the operation of remote gaming

Ø  computer software where applicable

Ø  procedures for recording and paying prizes won in remote gaming

Ø  accounting systems and procedures

Ø  procedures to be followed to play a game

Ø  procedures and standards for the maintenance

Ø  security, storage and transportation of equipment to be used to conduct remote gaming

Ø  procedures for the setting up and maintenance of security facilities including general compliance and internal controls relating to access to critical systems

Ø  a disaster recovery plan

Ø  an adequate system of data backup

Ø  any other information that the Authority may require

·         Approval of control system

·         Registration of players

·         Players’ accounts and payments of winnings

·         Protection of players

·         Website

·         Complains

·         Fines

·         Advertising

 

Under the gaming regulations, classes of gaming licenses are based on risk management principles rather than the game provided.

 

 

Description

Taxation

Class 1

a remote gaming licence managing own risk on repetitive games:

casino type games and lotteries

€4,660 per month for the first 6 months & €7,000 per month subsequently thereafter

Class 2

a remote betting office licence managing own risk on events based on a matchbook: fixed odds betting

0.5% on the gross amount of bets accepted

Class 3

a licence to promote and/or bet remote gaming from Malta administering the game and receiving a fee thereon: P2P, betting exchange

5% of real income

Class 4

a licence to host and manage remote gaming operators, excluding the licensee himself

NIL for the first 6 months; €2,330 per month for the following 6 months and €4,660 per month subsequently thereafter

 

 

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