Malta Gaming license

Gaming license Malta: Peculiarities of licensing

Malta is a state with one of the most well-regulated systems of gambling activities. This is largely due to the government's loyalty to the gambling business and the presence of a gambling organization — the MGA. This official government agency not only regulates gambling activities but also directly licenses gambling entities.

The license is issued by the MGA to the applicant for five years. After this period, the businessman will be able to extend its validity and continue to conduct gambling activities.

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What are the benefits of the gaming license Malta?

Malta gambling license provides many advantages for entrepreneurs:

  • Various tax benefits similar to Malta's trading firms can be obtained.
  • The state has a stable economic and political situation.
  • Malta is an EU member, so the Malta gaming license provides businessmen with the corresponding privileges.
  • The country is not included in the black lists of offshore zones.
  • The Malta online gaming license allows entrepreneurs to open a bank account in any EU bank.

Malta online casino license: Documents required

To start a gambling business in Malta and beyond, entrepreneurs must decide on the form of activity and then provide the relevant documents.

Shareholders and main managers must prepare two 3×4 photos and copies of the following documents:

  • Birth certificate
  • Passport
  • A balance sheet and a report on the actual state of affairs of the business
  • A letter of recommendation from the bank
  • Certificate of criminal record
  • CV

If the businessman is already engaged in the gaming business, a copy of the existing license must also be provided.

All copies must be certified by a notary and translated into English.

What is necessary to obtain a gaming license Malta

To start a gambling business in Malta, business people will need additional documents related directly to the company:

  • Incorporation documents
  • Detailed company structure
  • Technical documentation
  • Agreements with counterparties and partners
  • An operating manual with a detailed description of the game management system, backup copies, data recovery in case of emergency, security measures, and so on

Malta gaming license: Business plan

To obtain a Malta gaming license, entrepreneurs must submit a business plan as proof of the success of the business to be conducted. Malta Gaming Authority will make a detailed analysis of the company's development strategy, growth indicators, staff development plan, and so on.

The business plan must include the following information:

  • Company name
  • Full names of founders
  • A list of employees, their duties, functions, and positions
  • Detailed characteristics of each online casino game — title, gaming principle, etc.
  • Types of software used to operate the online casino
  • Sales objectives for the next three years, as well as approximate timelines for their implementation and revenue generation
  • Financial and marketing plans
  • Sources of funding

How to open an online casino with a Malta gaming license

In Malta, there is a certain classification of gambling licenses. Depending on the business activity, companies can obtain the following licenses:

  • Class 1. For online casinos, slot machines, lotteries.
  • Class 2. For fixed wager games, financial betting, and sweepstakes.
  • Class 3. For gaming portals, betting exchanges, poker networks, and P2P.
  • Class 4. For suppliers of special gaming hardware and related software.

Requirements for the minimum amount of paid-up authorized capital:

  • For Classes 1 and 2 — 100,000 euros
  • For Classes 3 and 4 — 40,000 euros

To open an online casino in Malta, businessmen should choose a Class 1 Malta gaming license as it allows conducting the relevant activities legally.

Malta gaming license: Licensing stages

If you want to obtain a Malta gaming license to conduct gambling activities, you must complete several steps:

  • Registering a legal entity.
  • Opening a bank account to pay the authorized capital.
  • Verification and evaluation of the information and documents provided to the MGA.
  • Verification of the business plan submitted by the applicant.
  • Verification of the founding documents, gaming rules and conditions, and many other business components.
  • Issuance of an appropriate license to the applicant.

Obligatory requirements are the work of the real office in the territory of Malta and the presence in the company of a key-official employee. This person must meet the MGA requirements and hold the position of a director of the company, working in the Maltese office. If these requirements are not met, the Malta gambling license will not be granted.

Our specialists provide a range of services for licensing companies operating in the gambling industry. We will save you time and effort by obtaining a Malta gaming license of the required class.

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