Malta’s Skill Game Licensing To Exclude Poker, E-Sports

Malta’s new licensing regime for skill-based games, principally aimed at the regulation of fantasy sports, is likely to exclude poker and e-sports, according to regulators.

Last month, the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) exempted fantasy sports from its gambling licensing framework while the country finalises plans to overhaul its gambling industry for the first time since the present legislation entered into force in 2004.

Currently, the MGA licenses games that include both chance and skill if it considers chance prevalent in determining the outcome, but the updated legislation will introduce a separate licence for skill-based games.

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