Remote Gaming in Malta
The Regulatory Scenario
The Remote Gaming Regulations, 2004, Legal Notice 176 of 2004, is a subsidiary legislation of the principal legislation relating to lotteries and gaming, namely the Lotteries and Other Games Act, 2001, and supercede the Operation of Betting Offices Regulations, 2000 (Legal Notice 34 of 2000).
The regulations make provision for both “remote betting” and “remote gaming”. Remote betting is interpreted to mean the negotiation or receiving of any bet by means of distance communications, and remote gaming is interpreted to mean any form of gaming by means of distance communications. For the purposes of the Regulation, “means of distance communication” includes any means which may be used for the communication, transmission, conveyance and receipt of information or for the conclusion of a contract between two or more persons, without the simultaneous physical presence of the parties involved. The means used can be various and include, amongst others, unaddressed or addressed printed matter, radio, videophone and electronic means.