Obtaining a Gaming License in Malta

As from June 2011, the process for applying for a gaming license in Malta has been incapsulated into one step as the Malta Lotteries and Gaming Authority (LGA) commits to analyzing all the provided information through multiple internal process streams. At this stage the LGA assesses whether the applicant:

  1. Is fit and proper to conduct a gaming business – in the conducting of the fit and proper test the LGA will assess all information related to those involved in financing and management and on the business viability of the operation. The LGA also conducts probity investigations with other national and international regulatory bodies and law enforcement agencies.
  2. Is correctly prepared for a business strategy perspective – in confirming this the LGA conducts an in depth financial analysis of the applicant’s business plan. The applicant’s business plan is expected to have a detailed forecast of the operation, inclusive of marketing and distribution strategies, HR plan and growth targets.
  3. Has the operational and statutory requirements to meet the legal obligations laid down by Maltese Law – this includes the examination of the incorporation documents, games and business processes relating to conducting the remote games, the rules, terms, conditions and procedures of the games, the application architecture and system architecture of the gaming and control systems. The three components constitute the desk based audit of the application requirements and is completed within 12 – 16 weeks.
  4. Has correctly implemented what has applies for on a technical environment before going live  - once the above three areas are successfully fulfilled the LGA will inform the applicant that the application was successful. The applicant has then 60 days to complete the operation and to implement it into a technical environment. The system audit will audit the live environment against the proposed application.

The authority will then issue a 5 year license on successful completion of the certification process.

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Gaming License Fees:

Application fee:   €2, 330 which is a non-refundable fee payable on application.

System Audit fee:  1, 770 – This fee is paid in advance for the execution by the Authority’s approved third party certifiers / auditors.

 

Annual license fee: the annual license fee, for any class of license, is  €8,500.

Application fee for renewal of license, for any class of license, is €1,500.