Maltese law provides for the establishment and operation of Maltese gaming companies engaged in remote/online gaming activities (such as online casinos, casino-style games, betting exchanges and lotteries) which benefit from very attractive fiscal incentives in Malta. The remote gaming sector is dynamic and has rapidly grown in Malta. The provisions of the Remote Gaming Regulations regulate it.
The first online betting legislation in Malta was enacted in 2000, established under the Public Lotto Ordinance (L.N. 34 of 2000), to regulate offshore betting offices. Since then, the Maltese Lotteries and Gaming Authority (LGA) has been set up and is charged with overseeing the regulatory infrastructure and implementation of remote gaming operations set up in Malta. Following a publication in April 2004 of the revamped Remote Gaming Regulations, Malta became the first EU member state to regulate Remote Gaming.
In March 2005, the Malta Remote Gaming Council was launched. This Council brings together all Maltese remote gaming licensees, giving them the opportunity to meet new challenges and voice their opinions from an operational point of view, in order to complement the work and research carried out by the regulators The LGA also launched an online forum aiming to create an on-going discussion between all stakeholders, Internet Service Providers (ISP), and legal and financial representatives from the Maltese remote gaming industry.