Aside from gaining a solid reputation as an attractive and reputable financial services centre, Malta has also established itself as a leading online gaming jurisdiction. Operators worldwide look to the Maltese Jurisdiction as an ideal base from where they can offer their remote gaming services. The remote gaming sector is regulated under the provisions of the Remote Gaming Regulations (L.N. 176/04) (the “Regulations”). The Lotteries and Gaming Authority (LGA) is the regulatory body that is responsible for the governance of all forms of gaming in Malta.

The first European Union Member State to issue regulations regulating remote gaming, Malta offers various advantages to igaming operators wishing to set up in Malta, including:

  • the fact that it is an EU member state and eurozone member;
  • the Malta Gaming Licence has come to be recognised a ‘’seal of quality’’, which guarantees that the interests of the operators as well as those of their players are safeguarded;
  • an efficient and relatively inexpensive licensing process;
  • an attractive fiscal regime (see ‘taxation of gaming companies’);
  • the possibility of companies re-domiciling into or out of Malta;
  • the presence of reputable international financial institutions, accountancy and audit firms and banks;
  • a stable democratic, political and economic climate;
  • a highly qualified and skilled workforce;
  • a regional centre of excellence in ICT.

Our Gaming law department is in a position to offer legal assistance in all aspects of remote gaming including the application process, IT contract drafting and copyright protection and trademark registration.

David Zahra & Associates Advocates can also provide guidance in other related areas of law such as employment, taxation and corporate law.