MGA Licensing

The licensing criteria by MGA includes reduction rates, tax relief and dividend refunds, reduced rates on income taxes and exceptions on income generated from patents. Non-natives who opt to take up a permanent residency in MGA may opt for some attractively low-pricing income tax plans, including the Global Residence Programme.

MGA regulates every kind of casino from remote gaming to cruise casinos to racecourse bets and sweepstakes. Remote gaming has a multi-step process as it's one of the most complicated and fastest-growing in the Malta area. Remote gaming, first is thoroughly inspected for multiple criteria such as proper business planning and whether it has a decent system review. If so, then they may proceed to apply for one of four different licenses.

With the first license, the business is operating at their own risk dependent on repetitive games. With the second, the business operates at their own risk dependent on matchbook events. The third license means that they're including a poker and peer to peer (or P2P) gaming. With the fourth, they are dependent on software vendors and other hosting gaming operators for their main income.

Otherwise, most of the others, such as the Commercial Bingo Halls and the regular Casinos simply have their own ordinances, regulations, procedures and directives to follow. For example, the regular Casinos can be granted concessions by the Minister, have policies to prevent money laundering, regulate their taxation rates, know that they report to MGA as the main authority and fill out the form. They also must be partnered with a genuinely licensed operator such as MGA.

For the consultation process, MGA believes in addressing all questions holistically and have their own feedback outlets in order to provide business solutions for their various casinos. Their main stakeholders include the remote gamers, data centers and industry experts.