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Malta makes suspicious betting reporting mandatory from 2021

The Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) revealed the starting date of the new mandatory regulations following a consultation with operators after publishing its suspicious betting reporting requirements in May. The MGA said it intends to make available its Suspicious Betting Reporting Mechanism (SBRM) to all B2C-licensed operators on 1 November 2020. Even though the obligation to report suspicious betting will only be brought into force at the start of 2021, those operators who already report suspicious betting activity to the MGA, may begin submitting reports via the SBRM from November.

The authority said prior to the SBRM being made available, a manual on how to use the system will be provided to all B2C operators for ease of reference.

During May 2020, the MGA published a consultation paper in order to gather feedback on the proposed bringing into force of the Suspicious Betting Reporting Requirements together with other measures which the Authority intends to implement in support of its commitment to safeguard the integrity of sports and sports betting.

This consultation was open for a period of 7 weeks (ending on 15 July 2020), wherein industry participants and all other interested parties were invited to send their responses to the consultation paper and any other related matters. By the end of this consultation period, the MGA received a number of replies from betting operators, representative institutes, and international bodies.

The MGA is publishing the feedback received in order to provide a summary of the responses, together with the respective MGA feedback (click here). Consequently, in conjunction with this publication, the Sports Integrity Unit is also publishing an updated version of the Consultation Paper on Suspicious Betting Reporting Requirements & Other Sports Integrity Matters (click here), which will now act as a Guidance Paper to all MGA licensees on all matters relating to sports betting integrity and the MGA.

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