On 20 June 2016, as part of its continued bid to enhance the local remote gaming regulatory framework, the Malta Gaming Authority (the “MGA”) published a public consultation paper aiming to gauge the views of industry stakeholders with respect to outsourcing by online gaming operators (the “Public Consultation on Outsourcing”). Therein, the MGA acknowledges that, as the online gaming realm continues to develop and venture into novel geographic and product markets, operators are increasingly relying on outsourcing for functions that would otherwise be carried out in-house.
The Public Consultation on Outsourcing follows the MGA’s invitation, in September last year, to all interested companies forming part of the licensed remote gaming industry in Malta, to participate in its Joint Working Group (the “JWG”). The JWG was created in order to study the regulatory issues surrounding outsourcing in remote gaming, and to propose a policy on how the MGA can improve its effectiveness as a gaming regulator in this area. Subsequently, the JWG agreed on a draft policy that was handed over to the MGA for consideration in April 2016 as part of the Public Consultation on Outsourcing.
The Public Consultation on Outsourcing closed on 1 August 2016, and is due to result in a position paper, expected to be issued by the MGA in the near future. We will report on any prospective position paper once this is published. In the meantime, should you have any questions on the Public Consultation on Outsourcing or any ongoing and related developments, please get in touch by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.