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MGA establishes new Sports Integrity Unit

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The MGA is announcing the creation of a new Sports Integrity Unit as part of an initiative to increase focus and resources towards the fight against the manipulation of sports competitions.

The Sports Integrity Unit’s role will consist of the gathering of intelligence and information relating to suspicious betting and will serve as a liaison with local and foreign regulatory authorities, law enforcement agencies, betting monitoring systems, sporting bodies and gaming operators in order to investigate irregular and suspicious betting activity. Furthermore, the Unit will also be liaising with other Directorates within the MGA to implement various policy initiatives, such as bringing into force the provisions at law relating to the reporting of suspicious betting activity by gaming operators to the MGA, signing agreements and deepening collaboration with entities having similar objectives and otherwise establishing a culture of cooperation amongst industry stakeholders to tackle the worldwide problem of corruption in sports.

The Unit will be headed by Senior Executive Antonio Zerafa as Sports Integrity Officer. Mr Zerafa has been at the MGA for 4 years, and has held various positions within the Criminal Probity Screening Department within the Enforcement Directorate and serves as Secretary to the MGA’s Fit & Proper Committee. He holds a Degree in Criminology from the University of Malta, wherein he is a Visiting Lecturer, a Master’s Degree in Counter Fraud & Counter Corruption Studies from the University of Portsmouth, and is currently reading for a PhD in Law and Criminology with a focus on gaming-related crime at the Sheffield Hallam University.

The MGA’s CEO Heathcliff Farrugia stated that: “Having a dedicated Sports Integrity Unit is vital for the MGA’s statutory objective to ensure that gambling is free from crime, specifically the manipulation of sports competitions. The MGA is committing to cooperation with stakeholders to the extent permitted by law to act against a pervasive phenomenon that threatens the integrity of both the sports and the betting industries.”

The MGA informs the public that any matters/queries related to sports integrity or suspicious betting are to be forwarded via email to sportsintegrity.mga@mga.org.mt.  The MGA treats all cases in strict confidence as per article 8 of the Gaming Act (Chapter 583 of the Laws of Malta).

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Malta’s Quickfire Undergoes Rebranding

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Quickfire, the leading esports organisation based in Malta, has officially announced its rebranding campaign. The company is changing its name to Eden Esports. Eden Leisure Group CEO Simon De Cesare said: “We’ve decided to take this important rebranding decision with the aim to have Eden Esports become more in line with Eden Leisure Group’s identity and make it align more cohesively with the rest of the Group.”

Eden Leisure Group, Eden Esports’ mother company, is Malta’s is the biggest company in the entertainment sector. It has 11 business units, including the InterContinental Malta and the Holiday Inn Express, Casino Malta, Cynergi Health and Fitness Club, Eden Cinemas, Eden SuperBowl, food beverage outlets such as Paranga, Waterbiscuit and SkyBeach among other interests.

Their portfolio of events include the Supernova CS:GO Malta, Malta’s first tier-1 esports event, which offered $150,000 to 8 of the best teams in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and obtained over 29 million views. The Malta Esports Forum, Malta’s very first B2B esports event, bringing in some of the esports industry’s foremost thinkers and speakers to discuss various topics of interest. The Hotshot Series, an online CS:GO tournament series for the European continent that obtained over 5 million views and gave out $80,000 over 4 editions. The Nova Series, Malta’s largest LAN party event that has just past its fifth edition.

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Compliance Updates

MGA launches Phase 2 of its Sandbox Regulatory Framework

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Following the implementation of the first phase of the Sandbox Regulatory Framework as of 1 January 2019, which established the possibility for authorised persons to be allowed to accept Virtual Financial Assets (VFAs) as a means of payment, the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) is announcing the launch of the second phase of the Framework. During this phase, the MGA will be accepting applications for the use of Innovative Technology Arrangements (ITAs), including Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) platforms and smart contracts.

Further to the aforementioned, the MGA shall be extending the duration of the Sandbox Regulatory Framework until 31 December 2021. The Guidance on the use of Innovative Technology Arrangements and the acceptance of Virtual Financial Assets and Virtual Tokens through the implementation of a Sandbox Environment has been amended, in order to reflect the developments that have taken place in relation thereto. The Licensee Relationship Management System (LRMS) has been updated to the effect that both prospective and existing licence holders are now able to apply for the MGA’s approval in order to integrate ITAs within their operation.

ITAs shall be required to be audited by auditors registered with the Malta Digital Innovation Authority (MDIA) in terms of the Innovative Technology Arrangements and Services (ITAS) Act (Chapter 592 of the Laws of Malta), and shall only be accepted by the MGA if the audit report consists of a positive opinion and the MGA is satisfied that the regulatory requirements shall be adhered to by the authorised person.

An approval to participate in the Sandbox Regulatory Framework is conditional on the applicant holding the relevant licence issued by the MGA, without prejudice to any other regulatory requirements stemming from other applicable legislation, including but not limited to, the Virtual Financial Assets Act (Chapter 590 of the Laws of Malta) and the regulations issued thereunder.

Kindly contact the Innovation Team on innovation.mga@mga.org.mt for any queries related to the above.

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SuprNation teams up with Booming Games

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Malta-based slot supplier Booming Games has released their games on Malta-based operator SuprNation.

Booming Games’ slot portfolio comprises of more than 60 HTML5 slot games including popular titles like Booming Seven Deluxe, VIP Filthy Riches, Gold Vein and latest release Leprechaun’s Lucky Barrel. Booming Games release up to two new games per month that will all be available to SuprNation players. Soon to be released are Colossal Vikings, Aztec Palace, Colossal Fruit Smash and Witches Wild Brew.

“We are excited to launch our games on a leading operator like SurpNation” said Frederik Niehusen, Chief Commercial Officer at Booming Games. “SuprNation is the next valuable addition to our constantly growing network of operators”, he added.

Rasmus Hammar, Casino Manager at SuprNation said: “Booming Games are consistently developing some of the best slots content on the market and we’re very excited to be able to offer their games to all our players.”

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