Malta is one of the world's leading regulated gambling markets. Despite the strict regulatory requirements and the costs of opening a gambling license in Malta, which are higher than in Curaçao or the Isle of Man, it is an ideal solution for large companies wishing to enter the EU market. Gofaizen & Sherle will help to facilitate the entire licensing process and provide professional support for a guaranteed result
Malta is one of the largest and most respected regulated gambling markets in the world. The Malta Gambling Authority (MGA) issues licenses for a wide range of gambling activities including online casinos, sports betting, horse racing betting, and poker.
To obtain a Malta gaming license, an operator must meet strict requirements in terms of financial reliability, data security, player protection, and gaming fairness. MGAs also require operators to adhere to a strict risk control system, which aims to protect players from gambling problems.
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The Malta gaming license is considered one of the most prestigious licenses in the gambling industry. It gives operators access to a huge market of players from Europe and other countries, increasing players' confidence in the operator and its games.
You can open one or more licenses from the existing ones, depending on your needs: B2B (for game developers and software providers), B2C (for online casinos and other gambling operators). The validity period of each license is 10 years.
Maltese casino gambling license is one of the most prestigious and respected licenses in the world. It provides a high level of protection, safety, and security for players and operators. However, obtaining a Maltese license can be a complicated and lengthy process and has some disadvantages. For example, you can expect complex and lengthy verification and approval procedures, as Malta is renowned for its high standards and strict regulatory controls. In addition, if you want to enter the market quickly, you may face difficulties as the time from application to license can take between 4 and 6 months.
To obtain a Malta gaming license, operators must meet the following requirements:
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Operators have the option to obtain one of the Malta gaming license types:
Game Developer License or Key Software Provider License for Game Platform Operators (B2B)
This license is issued to game developers or key software providers who provide their products to gaming platform operators.
Online Gambling Operator License (B2C)
A B2C license allows gambling operators to offer a wide range of games including slots, poker, roulette, baccarat, keno, bingo, etc.
The B2B and B2C licenses allow game developers or key software providers to offer their products in Malta and other markets where a gambling license in Malta is valid.
The MGA presents 4 classes of gambling licenses designed to provide operators with flexibility and diversity. Operators can determine which license category best meets their needs and strategic goals:
Class 1 license is aimed at operators providing a variety of gambling games where the outcome is determined randomly using a generator - casino, poker, bingo, etc. Holders of this class of license can distribute their games both in the Maltese market and in other markets that recognize MGA licenses.
Share capital amount - from €100,000
Annual license fee - from €15,000
This license is for operators offering a limited range of gambling games where winnings depend on the outcome of competitions, such as sports betting. Holders of this license can also offer their games in Malta and other jurisdictions that recognize MGA licenses.
Equity capital amount - from €100,000
Annual license fee - from €25,000
This is an option for operators who provide a gambling platform where players play against each other. The operators receive a commission or a percentage of the bets. Examples are betting exchanges, poker rooms, online bingo, etc.
Share capital amount - from €40,000
Annual license fee - from €25,000
License for companies that offer gambling management and hosting, including platform providers. This license relates to B2B, and it is required for companies that want and manage gambling on behalf of other companies.
The amount of share capital is from €40,000
Annual license fee - from €5,000
The Malta Gambling Authority (MGA) acts as the autonomous gambling regulator in Malta. Established in 2001, it has proven to be one of the most valued and respected gambling regulators in the international arena. It can be said that it is based on the MGA legislation that many jurisdictions have established their regulatory bodies, which utilize Maltese principles in overseeing the transparency and integrity of operators, and protection of people with gambling addictions and minors. The MGA was one of the first jurisdictions to commit to ensuring anti-money laundering and terrorist financing in the gaming industry by complying with the EU Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Directives.
The MGA issues licenses for gambling operators offering their services in Malta and abroad. In addition, MGA supervises operators and ensures their compliance with gambling legislation.
The MGA's mission includes:
The MGA has the following powers:
The MGA thus plays a key role in the regulation of gambling in Malta. Its work helps to ensure a safe, fair, and transparent gambling environment, resulting in increased player confidence and Malta's reputation in the eyes of the international gambling community.
Companies in Malta are required to pay corporate tax at a rate of 35%. However, the Maltese government also offers a deemed settlement system that can reduce the effective tax rate to 5%.
The deemed settlement system allows companies to receive a tax credit for the amount of corporation tax paid, out of which dividends are paid. The most common tax credit rate is 6/7ths, which means the effective tax rate is about 5%. The effective tax rate will vary depending on the specific situation of the company.
In addition, the Maltese government imposes a gambling tax on income earned from players resident in Malta. This rate is set at 5% and is only payable by B2C licensees. Revenues received by players outside Malta are not subject to this tax.
The Malta online gaming license is not cheap, has strict requirements, and can be long and difficult to open. However, it offers several benefits, including better protection for players and operators, more partnership opportunities, and the ability to enter new markets.
If you are a company planning to operate a gambling business in Malta, Gofaizen & Sherle can help you. The company's lawyers' extensive experience in this field will guide you through the entire application process with guaranteed results.