How to get a Malta Gaming Authority License?
The purpose of a casino license is to protect vulnerable players and young players from unfair gambling practices, therefore, ensuring all parties involved have an enjoyable experience. Hence, certain processes, measures, and player protection rules get installed to prove the legitimacy of a gaming company.
Casinos that hold a Malta Gaming License
There are certain requirements or rules online casinos need to do, in order to grant a Maltese MGA (Malta Gaming Authority) License.
Malta Gaming Authority License Rules
- Age/identity verification – Most noteworthy, the casino must first be able to prove that the player is of legal age which is usually over 18 years old. However, some cases differ. Take for example, for most European countries the gambling age is set at 21.
In order to prove that a player is of legal and/or over gambling age in their country of residence, casinos must have an age verification process for all players. Such a process would include whichever one or all of the following; a copy of a driver’s license, an identity card or passport.
- Address verification – it is especially relevant to provide a government service bill (water and electricity), for fraud prevention purposes. A player must also be able to produce his/her own residential address. This is also done to prevent from opening accounts with somebody else’s details.
- Payment verification – the casino must have a scanned copy of both the back and front of a debit or credit card. Also, including the last 4 digits of the card that a player uses to deposit with. Overall, the objective is to prove that the card in use belongs to the user in the request.
Player Registration Process
In order for the Malta Gaming Authority to protect both parties, (players and casinos alike) it is important for the player to give the correct details of the following nature:
- Name and also Date of Birth
- Residential Address and the Casino Verification Process (KYC Process)
Overall, players cannot be protected if false, invalid or fraudulent details are given during the process of signup. It is also the players’ responsibility to ensure all the above details are correct and up to date.
Responsible Gaming and Player Protection for the Malta Gaming Authority
Overall, MGA takes great interest and care for players. They also require casinos to display on their homepage the Malta Gaming Authority license and linked to assistance websites.
The purpose of such is to assure struggling players or players experiencing gaming difficulties know that they are also not alone. Other protective measures also include setting deposit and bet limits, to manage and control the players gaming. In addition, should a player consider that a casino has breached their license agreement, they may contact the MGA directly through the Player Support channel.
However, the MGA does not deal with meets related to payouts, broken casino features, blocked accounts, and related matters. The Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) is the single, independent, regulatory body responsible for the governance of all gaming activities in Malta, both online and land-based.