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MGA and Malta FA sign Data Sharing Agreement

George Miller

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Last week, at the Malta Football Association headquarters in Ta’ Qali, Malta, the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) and the Malta Football Association signed a Data Sharing Agreement which will allow both parties to share data and exchange relevant information in relation to the prevention and investigation of match-fixing and corruption incidents in sports.

This agreement is necessary for the data sharing process between the MGA and the Malta FA to ensue, as established by law.

Whilst enhancing the existing collaboration between the two entities, this Agreement ensures that areas of mutual regulatory interest are thoroughly and promptly investigated and that both parties are in possession of all necessary data to efficiently carry out their regulatory obligations.

Whilst praising the mutual efforts in the build-up to this initiative, Malta FA President Bjorn Vassallo said: “The Malta FA has a very good relationship with the MGA as strategic partners in the fight against corruption in sports.The Malta FA was the catalyst behind the Anti-Corruption Task Force in 2015 which eventually led to the introduction of the Prevention of Corruption in Sport Bill and the formation of a national Sports Integrity Unit.

This Data Sharing Agreement represents another important step to further strengthen the Malta FA’s efforts to tackle match-fixing within its regulatory limits at sporting level. It enables the MGA and the Malta FA to share not only crucial data but also expertise.”

The MGA’s Chief Executive Officer, Heathcliff Farrugia, emphasised the importance of this agreement, stating: “This Data Sharing Agreement follows a number of MoUs signed by the MGA with other regulatory bodies throughout 2019, and also ties in perfectly with MGA’s recent establishment of a dedicated Sports Integrity Unit. The Authority is committed to ensure that this agreement is not limited to data sharing, but also sharing of ideas and best practices for the benefit of both entities.”

The Data Sharing Agreement came into force as of 5 December 2019.

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MGA Cancels B2C Gaming Service Licence of Dorobet

Niji Narayan

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The Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) has cancelled the B2C gaming service licence of Dorobet.

The MGA ruled that Dorobet breached regulation 9 (1) of the Gaming Compliance and Enforcement Regulations, specifically paragraphs B, C and L.

Paragraph B references failure to comply with an order issued by the MGA, paragraph C relates to a licensee not adhering to regulatory obligations or other applicable laws in Malta and Paragraph L refers to when a licensee has not paid a fee to the MGA.

The MGA also ordered Dorobet to allow players to access their accounts in order to make withdrawals, as well as refund any monies owed to customers. Dorobet may be permitted to launch an appeal against the ruling.

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MGA hosts Zimbabwean Official Delegation

Niji Narayan

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The Malta Gaming Authority (MGA), gambling regulator of Malta, has received an official delegation of members of the Lotteries and Gaming Board and the Ministry of Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage of the Republic of Zimbabwe. The meeting was held at the behest of the Zimbabwean government, who are planning to regulate the gambling industry in the country. The delegation will study how the gambling industry is regulated in Malta.

The MGA delivered presentations and materials relating to the licensing and compliance processes, criminal probity assessments, utilisation of the risk-based approach, the design around the legal instruments, and anti-money laundering supervision. Discussions around these topics and exchange of best practices between both regulators ensued.

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Tumas Gaming Chooses EGT’s Slot Machines for its Oracle and Portomaso Casinos

Niji Narayan

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Tumas Gaming has selected Euro Games Technology’s slot machines for its Oracle and Portomaso casinos in Malta.

“Our business relationships with Tumas Gaming have grown over the years into a reliable, fruitful partnership and it is gratifying to know that our machines have once again been considered as a key factor for the reputation for success and consistency of Oracle and Portomaso casinos,” Gergana Chelebieva, regional manager of EGT for Ireland, Portugal, Malta and Italy, said.

This time Tumas has chosen the G 32-32 VIP cabinet from the most modern General series of EGT, along with the P-27/27 St Slim and the Cai Shen Kingdom jackpot, housed in the P-27/42V St slot model.

“EGT has established strong presence in Malta – our products are present in all 4 casinos in the country and we rank among its top 5 gaming providers. The newly delivered 20 machines also perform well above floor average and are well liked for their wide variety of gaming themes,” Gergana Chelebieva said.

Commenting on the latest delivery of EGT products, Patrick Demanuele, COO of Tumas Gaming, and Jesmond Galea, casino manager of Portomaso, indicated that EGT’s products are favoured by the players and often are among the first slots to be occupied for the variety of themes they offer. They are also considered important for the stronger attendance in both casinos, which opens up the opportunity for more installations in the near future.

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