New MGA guidelines focus on Technical Infrastructure for Remote Gaming Licensees

The Malta Gaming Authority has announced the publication of guidelines with respect to the technical infrastructure hosting gaming and control systems used by remote gaming licensees. The document follows on the conclusion of a public consultation exercise with respect to the use of cloud solutions by the remote gaming industry.

According to the MGA, these guidelines are intended to guide operators, licensees, service providers and stakeholders, on the MGA’s compliance objectives when evaluating an applicant’s or licensee’s technical set-up. The guidelines “reflect the Authority’s new approach when implementing its regulatory requirements and procedures with respect to Technical Infrastructure” says the announcement. This approach is meant to provide the necessary flexibility for operators to exploit the benefits of technology, including cloud solutions. Meanwhile, it also aims to ensure adequate supervision over operators’ gaming and control systems, thus safeguarding the players and the MGA’s regulatory interests. The Authority also highlighted the importance of the utilisation of a technological environment which has the required level of security and data integrity to allow it timely access to regulatory data. As a result of these developments, the MGA said that it “remains well positioned to conduct its supervisory functions, at pre and post licensing stages, including the possibility to carry out regular inspections, auditing and/or ad-hoc investigations”.

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