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MGA appoints Dr Brincat as new CEO

The board of governors of the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) has confirmed the appointment of Dr Carl Brincat as new Chief Executive Officer with immediate effect.  Brincat replaces former incumbent Heathcliff Farrugia, who declined to renew his tenure as MGA CEO last November after informing the Malta government that he had chosen to work in the private sector.  An expert …

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Heathcliff Farrugia ends MGA leadership tenure 

Malta’s government will begin an executive search for a new leader of the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA), as incumbent Heathcliff Farrugia confirmed that he would not be renewing his CEO tenure. An MGA executive since 2014, Farrugia was appointed Chief Executive of Malta gambling’s regulatory and licensing authority in 2018 replacing long-term incumbent Joseph Cuschieri. Farrugia confirmed to local news …

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Kansspelautoriteit enters into MoU with Malta Gaming Authority

Dutch Gambling Authority Kansspelautoriteit and The Malta Gaming Authority have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to enhance collaborative and aiding efforts. As part of the MoU, both entities will collaborate and aid each other by sharing each authorities best practices and information. The MoU will help in supporting its responsibilities at law, while also allowing both authorities to …

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MGA report reveals 14 licences cancelled in 2019

The Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) revealed that during 2019, it suspended 11 licences, and cancelled a further 14 ‘following various regulatory breaches’. Publishing its Annual Report and Financial Statements for the financial year ending 31 December 2019, the MGA confirmed that it had issued 20 warnings, 89 notices of breach and 23 administrative fines during the year as the regulator …

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MGA and FIAU combat money laundering with Memorandum of Understanding

The Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) has confirmed that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit (FIAU). The MoU will specifically focus on improving the sharing of information on the areas related to the supervision of Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and Combating the Financing of Terrorism (CFT), provided for by the Prevention of Money Laundering …

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MGA signs data sharing agreement with Malta FA

In a bid to prevent match-fixing and corruption within football, the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) has teamed up with the Malta Football Association to share data and information on suspicious betting activities. The partnership, which came into effect on 5 December, will ensure that both parties will have access to all necessary data to carry out their regulatory obligations. MGA …

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Cooperative agenda sees Malta MGA launch new ‘Sports Integrity Unit’

The Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) has established a new ‘Sports Integrity Unit’ helping strengthen its capacity and resources towards fighting sports corruption and match-fixing. The Integrity Unit will focus on gathering intelligence and data related to suspicious betting, serving as the MGS’ liaison foreign regulatory authorities, law enforcement agencies, wagering monitoring systems and sports governing bodies combatting the manipulation of …

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Year of change sees Malta MGA bolster its enforcement capacity

Publishing its 2018 annual report and financial statement, the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) details that it has effectively implemented a number of key directives strengthening its regulatory oversight. During 2018, the regulator focused on strengthening its anti-money-laundering (AML) supervision under the guidance of a revamped ‘Gaming Act’ framework, which established stricter AML procedures alongside further provisions on player protection standards …

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Malta Gaming Authority pens new Memorandum of Understanding with police

The Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) has agreed to a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the island’s police force in a move to minimise illegal gambling activities in the industry. The MoU, which will see the MGA and the police collaborate with one another, will place an emphasis upon the exchange of information regarding gaming operations as well as information on …

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MGA implements first phase of its Sandbox Framework

The Maltese Gaming Authority (MGA) has launched the first of its two-phase Sandbox Framework for the acceptance of Virtual Financial Assets (VFA) and the use of Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) within the gaming industry. During the initial phase, the MGA will accept applications for the use of DLT Assets, directly or via third party service providers, by its respective licensees. …

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