Casino Jurisdiction

Malta started to license websites of online gambling in 2000. Ever since then, procedures and policies of remote operations of gambling have been developed by the LGA.

The Four License Classes

By April 2004, the rules for remote gambling were changed and they now provide four different classes of licenses. The first class is for the operators that offer up casino games online - both games of luck and RNG games. The second class is for betting operators and sports operators online.

The third class is for promotion companies and advertisers that work from Malta. The fourth class is for companies which manage and host operations of remote gaming but aren't actually operators themselves. Every kind of license can last for five years.

Every licensee needs to pay the first MTL licensing fee. Recurring fees also exist and the tax of gaming is 0.5% from the turnover.

Any company that gets a license from Malta cannot take any bets from any citizen on the island.

The Council

By March 2005, the very first council of remote gaming was elected in Malta. This council encompasses every service provider and operator of remote gaming and started up a forum online in order to let service providers and operators talk about various administrative, legal, and technical problems.

By September 2007, the 'white list' of the UK was constructed, wherein countries were listed that matched the strict gaming rules of England. This resulted in various Malta licensees rising.