he Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) is publishing amendments to Article 22 of the Player Protection Directive in order to streamline the minimum Return to Player (‘RTP’) percentage applicable to licensees across all sectors.
The amendment consists of the lowering of the existing minimum RTP percentage, applicable to operators offering their games online, from 92% to 85%.
All licensees are reminded that the game rules must be readily available to the player. Those offering the service online must ensure that the game rules are to be displayed in full no more than one click away from the page on which the game can be played. With respect to games that are played after being downloaded and installed on a compatible device, licensees must ensure that the game rules are made present to the player in any case prior to the player’s first wager on the game. This requirement is equally applicable to mobile sites and to mobile device applications, in line with the MGA.
In May 2021, the MGA carried out a closed consultation that involved a number of industry stakeholders, namely, consultants, B2C, and B2B operators. The consultation enabled the regulator to gain a better understanding of the views adopted by the consultation participants in terms of optimal RTP percentage and possible implications resulting from the change to the minimum RTP threshold on their product offering, operations, and competitive position.
Besides, the MGA also carried out a comparative analysis on the applicability of the RTP percentages in selected jurisdictions throughout the European Union (‘EU’) and outside of the EU. A summary of the outcome of the consultation, as well as the research carried out by the MGA, can be found in the Policy Paper on the Amending the Return to Player Minimum Percentage, which is being published in parallel with the amendments to the Directive. The MGA said it will be publishing further amendments to the Directive in due course.