Malta - The Lotteries and Gaming Authority (LGA)

Many European based online casino is licensed and authorized by the LGA - Malta

Malta is a member state of  European Union (EU) and all online gambling activity is regulated by LGA. This small Mediterranean island nation was the first European Union member country to regulate online gaming.

The Lotteries and Gaming Authority – or LGA for short – oversees and regulates all types of gaming activities in Malta, not just Casinos and the National lottery as the name would suggest, but the other less glamorous category of sport as well – Non-profit games, Commercial Bingo Halls, Broadcasting Media games, Amusement Machines, Remote Gaming, etc. Based in Birikhara, Malta, the LGA was established as a direct consequence of the Lotteries and Other Games Act, 2001. Its main objective is to see to it that the gaming sector functions without violating the law. This includes keeping track of the workings of the online and offline gambling industry in Malta, licenses issued to operators, prevention of money laundering, a generic attempt to keep the game fair, free of crime and corruption, and protection of vulnerable players.

The LGA is led by a chairman and a board consisting of three members who are appointed for a three year term by the Ministry of Finance. The purpose of the board is to represent the face of the LGA, see to it that the targets set are met in the anticipated time slot, and act as the advisory body in matters involving the Government needing a consultation from the LGA. The remainder of the body is a complex network that is revised from time to time after assessing its performance as a whole for a said period of time. As of today, the members next in hierarchy are those in charge of Internal Audit, the Chief Executive Officer and his personal staff. The Inspectorate, Regulatory, License Relationship Management, Strategy and Programme Management, Corporate Services and Legal Enforcement Directorates, form the next rung of the LGA and report to the office of the Chief Executive Officer.

In order to honor its objective of protecting the interests of the online and offline gaming industry, the LGA encourages and promotes the concept of ‘responsible gambling’, which essentially involves not just a basic adherence to the laws of the land, but an awareness of the effects of compulsive gambling, and of the need to protect minor and vulnerable players. To achieve these desirables, the LGA has put in place laws that prohibit the sale of any game involving gambling to anyone below 18 years of age, and provisions such as the adoption of a self-barring service by a compulsive gambler, according to which he can let himself be banned from entering the premises of any gaming facility for a period of six months or a year.

These online casinos are regulated by the Lotteries and Gaming Authority of Malta