Tougher Malta MGA suspends trio of licencees

Acting as the principal regulatory body responsible for monitoring Malta igaming industry incumbents’ actions both home and abroad, the ‘Malta Gaming Authority -MGA’ has announced a trio of licensee suspensions.

Issuing a series of industry updates, the MGA confirms that it has moved to suspend the licences of German/Turkish online bookmaker Betixx Limited, alongside Silema–based industry games developer Morpheus Games (MT).

As of 12 February, the MGA has instructed bookmaker Betixx an MGA licensee since 2013, to cease all operations related to registering new players and accepting deposits.

Furthermore, the MGA demands Betixx associated websites, to remove content and promotions related to the bookmaker – “Due to the suspension of the licence, Betixx Limited is therefore not authorised to continue conducting gaming by means of distance communications under an Authority licence”.

With regards to Morpheus Games, an MGA licensee since 2017, the MGA has demanded that the developer withdraw its entire games inventory from associated partners/websites.

In a further announcement issued on 15 February, the MGA has moved to fully terminate the operator licence of World-of-bets EU Limited, a registered MGA licensee incumbent since 2008.

The licence termination sees World-of-bets flagship portal wobets.com redirect to an MGA holding page.

The MGA urges customers who are deemed to have any outstanding payments with the suspended/terminated licensees to contact support.mga@mga.org.mt  with required personal information.

All three incumbents have been placed under investigation, with MGA stating that it will not release any further information regarding the licensees, as not to compromise its ongoing inquiries.

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