Malta Gam­ing Author­ity to launch a uni­fied self-ex­clu­sion sys­tem for its Re­mote Gam­ing li­censees

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Fol­low­ing the re­cent up­grade of the uni­fied self-ex­clu­sion sys­tem for land­based op­er­a­tors, the Malta Gam­ing Author­ity is set to em­bark on an­other am­bi­tious project which will lead to the im­ple­men­ta­tion of a uni­fied self-ex­clu­sion sys­tem for all its Re­mote Gam­ing li­censees.

To­day, re­mote gam­ing op­er­a­tors li­censed by the MGA are al­ready obliged to of­fer self-ex­clu­sion tools to their play­ers, how­ever, there is no uni­fied sys­tem in place and an ex­cluded player can seek the ser­vices of dif­fer­ent op­er­a­tors, while be­ing ex­cluded from some oth­ers.

The Author­ity is con­scious that this is a gap in the pro­tec­tion of­fered within its reg­u­lated en­vi­ron­ment and is com­mit­ted to work­ing to­wards a sys­tem which will give the pos­si­bil­ity to play­ers to self-ex­clude across all li­cenced gam­ing chan­nels, be it land-based or re­mote.

“The pro­tec­tion of play­ers is at the heart of the MGA’s reg­u­la­tory agenda and this project fur­ther un­der­lines our re­solve to en­sure that play­ers have the nec­es­sary tools to en­gage in gam­ing ser­vices re­spon­si­bly. Over the years we have wit­nessed ef­forts from gam­ing op­er­a­tors to im­ple­ment var­i­ous re­spon­si­ble gam­ing mea­sures, and thus, we strongly be­lieve that the uni­fied self-ex­clu­sion sys­tem will be well re­ceived by the in­dus­try and con­sumers alike,” said Heath­cliff Far­ru­gia, chief Ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer at the MGA.

In ad­di­tion, the Author­ity will also be eval­u­at­ing the pos­si­bil­ity of open­ing up the sys­tem for sub­scrip­tion on a vol­un­tary ba­sis to op­er­a­tors li­censed in other ju­ris­dic­tions; al­ways en­sur­ing a ro­bust pro­tec­tion of data, in line with the GDPR.

The MGA is con­scious that the im­ple­men­ta­tion of such a sys­tem re­quires care­ful and con­sid­ered anal­y­sis in or­der to as­cer­tain that the so­lu­tion de­sign will meet the in­tended ob­jec­tives. To this end, the Author­ity shall as­sess the suit­abil­ity of a range of tech­ni­cal so­lu­tions for such a sys­tem over the com­ing weeks, in­clud­ing the pos­si­bil­ity of lever­ag­ing Dis­trib­uted Ledger Tech­nol­ogy. Such tech­nol­ogy has the po­ten­tial to pro­vide an ideal plat­form for this sys­tem due to its in­her­ent char­ac­ter­is­tics of im­mutabil­ity and de­cen­tral­i­sa­tion.

The Author­ity will pro­ceed to an­nounce its con­sid­er­a­tions for public con­sul­ta­tion, fol­lowed by a call for re­quests for the tech­ni­cal devel­op­ment and im­ple­men­ta­tion of the so­lu­tion.

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