Responsible for the governance of all forms of gaming in Malta
The Lotteries and Gaming Authority (LGA) is a single independent regulatory gaming body that is responsible for the governance of all gaming activities in and from Malta including, the National Lottery, casinos, commercial bingo halls, amusement machines, gaming halls (parlours), non-profit games and remote gaming (online gaming).
The LGA was established through the enactment of the Lotteries and Other Games Act, 2001. LGA’s mission statement is “To promote excellence by ensuring the legal and fair regulation of the gaming industry”. LGA’s mission is supported through its three key pillars of: 1 – Ensuring that gaming is fair and transparent to the players. 2 – Preventing crime, corruption and money laundering. 3 – Protecting minors and vulnerable players.
In 2004, Malta became a full EU member state, placing Malta as the first EU jurisdiction to regulate online gaming, and thus placing the LGA as the first independent regulator on remote gaming in the EEA. The LGA currently regulates almost 300 gaming operators, which hold an aggregate of 440 Remote Gaming Licenses, four Casino Licenses, five Bingo Hall licenses, one National Lottery License and licenses for gaming parlours. Since 2004, the LGA built and acquired an international repute of being responsible, responsive, and strict, yet fair. The LGA received the Business Britain award for Services to the Online Gaming Industry for the years 2005,2006 and 2007, whilst it was awarded as one of the Fast50 by The European in 2011.