The Impact Of iGaming in Malta: A Bane or a Boon?

Updated: July 30, 2020 | 4 minute read

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Introduction

The iGaming industry in comparison to other sectors is new and only came into being shortly before the turn of the millennium.

The gaming industry in such a short span of time has grown and evolved at an extraordinary rate resulting in substantial strengthening of the Maltese economy.

In this article, we will be focusing on how igaming has impacted Malta and its economy.

iGaming: Strengthened Malta’s Economy

In 2009, the size of the online gambling industry was $20.51 billion. That is projected to almost triple by 2020 when the market is estimated to be worth $59.79 billion.

The industry contributes $1.41 billion to the country’s economy, which is equivalent to 12% of GDP.

Whether online gamer or video gamers, they have been a large and growing part of our culture for a long time.

This booming sector has emerged as a pathway for countries that aim to advance and boost their economies. 

One such country that is reaping the rewards of the world’s continued love for iGaming is certainly Malta.

Acknowledging its fast-paced growth, the booming iGaming industry in Malta now has years of push behind and even ahead of it.

A leader and a world-renowned regulator, the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) is considered as a flagship authority within the gaming industry.

The MGA is responsible for approximately 513 remote gaming licensees, including online casino license and 266 companies including iGaming/betting companies.

 
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iGaming Events in Malta

Each year there are many events organised for the iGaming industry in Malta, such as SiGMA which is the quintessential iGaming destination. 

SiGMA has already held three exhibitions in the country and has a fourth event scheduled for November 2019.

Such events not only help existing companies recruit talent as per their needs but also demonstrate the potential for other iGaming companies to set up their business in the country.

List of Online Gaming Companies in Malta

Presently, there are some well-known companies already operating on the Maltese islands.

Also, there are some prominent iGaming developers on the island from various other sectors, like mobile gaming.

Not only mobile gaming operators, but Gaming operators abound too, including online casino Betway Casino, which is registered in Malta and licensed by the Malta Gaming Authority since 2006.

Legal Security and Stability in Malta

  • Fast Licensing Application Procedure;

  • Steady legal regulatory framework offering protection both for licensed operators and online players;

  • high anti-money laundering standards;

  • Maltese operators can advertise in the UK as the Maltese jurisdiction is included in the United Kingdom’s White list.

  • As Malta is an EU member state, it offers the possibility of free movement of goods and services.

Why do Companies Keep Choosing Malta?

There are numerous reasons why Malta has become a top choice for iGaming companies to set up their operations and thrive there.

The fact that it is a European Union member state and is situated at a strategic point at the heart of the Mediterranean has made the country an attractive prospect for companies looking to settle there.

Running their companies in the country means business owners can offer their employees a good quality of life with economic stability. 

The country is also home to a powerful and firm regulator called the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA), which seeks to benefit both operators and players. It aims to ensure that gaming is fair, and operators follow legislation and best practices. All this can make companies based in Malta look more attractive to potential customers. 

Players who know that an online casino, for instance, is governed and controlled by such a world-renowned gaming authority, are more inclined to trust the operator and be sure of the security of the operation.

Gaming Malta, an independent non-profit foundation set up by the Government of Malta and the MGA, has helped to promote Malta as a digital and remote gaming centre of excellence in recent years and continues to boost the country’s reputation as an unparalleled location for iGaming companies.

Gaming Malta is also accountable for liaising with the local relevant authorities to improve Malta’s attractiveness as a jurisdiction and improve the ecosystem surrounding the gaming industry.

Additionally, being one of the largest regulatory regimes worldwide, online gambling tax structure and the countries’ Corporate Tax Structure also plays a vital role in luring all the big brands in the gaming world to base their operations from Malta.

Future of iGaming in Malta

As an already well-established powerhouse, Malta looks set to prosper even further in the years to come.

The market is growing at a rapid rate, in parallel, and this is thanks to the fact that technology is rapidly advancing alongside it.

Despite all the success, Malta recognised that it would need to continue to evolve if it wants to remain relevant and consistent as a jurisdiction.

The island saw strong growth because of its regulatory framework, which was revolutionary at that time and attracted the sector’s biggest companies to the island.

The regulatory overhaul is sure to see the persistence of the growth enjoyed to date, the welcoming of more global players and technological innovation and not least, the attraction of start-ups and new entrepreneurs.

Malta recognises the present and future values of the iGaming industry and is truly espousing it to unleash the sector’s full potential.

Opening up to the iGaming industry and moving to attract more companies to Malta has proven to be a masterstroke for the country. The fact that the market is growing at an alarming rate and has the potential to be worth so much more means that Malta will be sure to reap the rewards for years to come.

 

Written By 
Yashica K Pathak
Editorial Content Manager
 
Edited By
Dr Alexandra Dimech
International Client Services

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