MGA launches first phase of new integrity monitoring system 

The Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) has beta launched its new online platform which will allow B2C licensed sports betting operators to report suspicious betting activities to its new ‘sports integrity monitoring unit’.

 The launch of the platform forms part of the MGA’s 2020 roadmap, in which the regulatory agency has expanded its technical solutions and systems which monitor online gambling activities and industry compliance.

 Updating stakeholders, the MGA explained that this new ‘suspicious betting reporting mechanism’ (SBRM) would be made available to all licensed operators from 1 January 2021.

 The MGA has formally published its guidance to operators with regards to registering and submitting suspicious wagering activities through its new SBRM platform.

During 2020, the MGA has significantly bolstered its sports integrity network after signing data-sharing partnerships with Cricket’s ICC, World Snooker and the Swedish Football Association (SFA).

Despite forming high-profile partnerships, the MGA had been formally warned by the International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA) that its technical systems required coherent legislation on sports integrity.

The IBIA highlighted three critical areas that the MGA must provide clarity on for licensed operators and stakeholders in relation to  ‘customer disputes relating to suspicious betting’,  ‘operator engagements with a global monitoring bodies’ and ‘betting integrity policy engagement with operators’.

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