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MGA extends deadline for responsible gambling consultation

| By Robert Fletcher
The Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) has extended the deadline for a consultation into a set of proposed player protection guidelines for licensees in the country.
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The closed consultation launched on 30 September, covering licensees’ obligations for their responsible gaming policies and procedures, as well as the introduction of five markers of harm that must be considered when determining processes to detect and address problem gambling.

The MGA said this followed a review of its player protection directive by “an expert in the field”, as well as MGA research and the work of its Responsible Gaming Unit.

The consultation had been due to run until 14 October but will now be extended by 10 days until 24 October to allow for further input from interested parties. 

As the document is a closed consultation, only MGA licensees may respond.

“This extension will allow all stakeholders additional time to thoroughly review the amendments and provide feedback,” the MGA said.

The consultation came after the MGA in September also revealed in its annual report that it had cancelled only seven licences in 2021 and did not issue any licence suspensions, down from 14 cancellations and three suspensions in 2020. 

Instead, the regulator issued more penalties during the year.

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