The below is the most common set of frequently asked questions related to the Remote Gaming license in Malta.
What type of licenses are available?
The Authority may issue licences of the following categories:
Gaming Service licence: a business to consumer licence to offer or carry out a gaming service;
Critical Gaming Supply licence: a business-to-business licence to provide or carry out a critical gaming supply.
What is the licence fee and when is it due?
Any person in possession of a gaming service licence issued by the Authority shall pay to the Authority a licence fee that depends on the type of approval in line with the Gaming Licence Fee Regulations, which may be found here.
What type of games require a licence?
The regulatory framework covers games of chance, games of chance and skill and skill games. The Authority shall be guided by a list of criteria in determining whether a game is a skill game or otherwise, with the onus of proving whether a game is one based on skill or otherwise being placed on the proponent of such game. Such classification by the Authority must be issued via a ruling or binding instrument to ensure consistency and transparency.
The Malta Gaming Authority may decide to classify a game as licensable or exempt, as well as to determine whether a game is a skill game or a controlled skill game, with the latter warranting an ad-hoc licence, through rulings or other binding instruments. The Regulations also classify ‘other games’ under Part VIII of the Gaming Authorisation Regulations, laying down a softer regulatory approach in view of the intervention deemed necessary.
What is the Compliance Contribution?
A compliance contribution is payable on qualifying activities consisting of Type 1, Type 2, Type 3 and Type 4.
This shall be determined by the gaming revenue generated during the licence period depending on the type of gaming services approved.
The applicable compliance contribution can be found in the Gaming Licence Fees Regulations, which may be found here.
What is the gaming tax and when is it due?
Gaming tax due in terms of the Gaming Tax Regulations is based on the gaming revenue, as defined, generated by the operators from end customers located in Malta.
The gaming tax shall be payable monthly, together with the submission of regulatory returns containing the relevant data to calculate said tax.
Further information is clearly stated under the Gaming Tax Regulations, which may be found here.
Is a separate licence required for each type of game?
No, the Authority does not require licensees to obtain a licence for each type of game. Operators that are already in possession of a Gaming Service Licence or Critical Gaming Supply Licence, and wish to offer an additional type of game are required to apply for the necessary approval.
What is the minimum issued paid up share capital required by the Authority?
The Authority requires a company applying for a licence to have the following minimum issued paid up share capital when registering the company with the competent authority:
Gaming Service Licence
Type 1 – Minimum €100,000
Type 2 – Minimum €100,000
Type 3 – Minimum €40,000
Type 4 – Minimum €40,000
Critical Gaming Supply Licence
Companies with multiple type approvals are required to meet the above share capital requirements cumulatively up to a minimum capping of €240,000.
What are the essential Components?
Essential components are the:
Components hosting RNG;
Components hosting jackpots;
Components hosting the games;
Control system; and
Any other component which the Authority may deem to be critical.
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