As from the 1st August, 2016, fantasy sports has been deemed to
be an activity which is exempt from the requirement to obtain a
remote gaming licence in Malta. By virtue of regulations that have
been made by the Malta Minister for Competitiveness and Digital,
Maritime and Services Economy, after consultation with the Malta
Gaming Authority, comfort and clear guidance has now been given to
operators that intend to set up their remote gaming business in
Malta, and also to those operators who wish to shift their business
within the European Union, specifically within a reputable
jurisdiction such as Malta.
The recent legislation defines 'fantasy sports' and
'fantasy sports game' as 'a contest played for money or
money's worth whereby the winning outcome is determined
predominantly through the skill or knowledge of the player, and
where the results are determined by the accumulation of statistical
results of the performance of a number of individuals in sporting
events'. However, forecast of the score, point spread or any
other future occurrence of one or multiple events is not included
within the definition of 'fantasy sports' or 'fantasy
sports game', thereby meaning that if the game does have one of
these elements, then it might still be considered as a licensable
Going forward, through this legislation, operators seeking to
establish their fantasy sports operations in Malta will just need
to notify the Malta Gaming Authority of its operation. This will
prove to be a much welcomed introduction for operators of fantasy
sports games and for the Maltese gaming industry in general.
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about your specific circumstances.
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