or the ninth consecutive year, the LGA, together with other Maltese gaming service providers and licensed operators, exhibited and participated in the world’s premier international gaming expo for gaming professionals.
As in previous years, Malta’s presence was significant, with approximately 50% of the exhibited stands in the remote gaming area being occupied by Maltese or Maltese-related companies.
A delegation from the Lotteries and Gaming Authority met operators and service providers and assisted them by providing relevant information about the remote gaming regulatory framework in Malta. Furthermore, Malta Enterprise - through the branding of thINC Malta - was also present to provide overview information with respect to Malta’s business environment.
Commenting on the outcome of the exhibition, an LGA spokesperson said that “the outcome was extremely positive and beyond our expectations. The LGA’s stand was one of the busiest, whilst in parallel a series of meetings with gaming regulators from across the globe were held with LGA top officials throughout the expo. The huge influx of visitors to the LGA stand reconfirms the vibrant interest in Malta, which already licenses over 290 operators holding 438 licenses.”
When visiting the exhibition, High Commissioner of Malta in the UK, HE Joseph Zammit Tabona remarked on Malta’s outstanding success in the remote gaming industry on an international level - adding that Malta has become the leading i-gaming jurisdiction in Europe.
On the evening of 24 January, a reception was held at the official residence of the High Commissioner in Kensington. This event organised by the Malta High Commission was well attended by representatives of British and Maltese gaming service providers and licensed operators, consultants and officials from the Lotteries and Gaming Authority and Malta Enterprise. Amongst the guests present were Nick Xuereb and Reuben Portanier, Chairman & CEO respectively of the LGA, together with prominent names in the industry including Edward Wray, Co-Founder of Betfair and Henrik Persson CEO of Betsson Malta, which together represent the larger companies operating through Malta and who between them employ over 500 persons.
During the reception, High Commissioner Zammit Tabona highlighted the forthcoming “showcasing of Malta at Harrods” and the setting up of the Malta Business Network, inviting the gaming operators to join this new organisation.