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The MGA publishes a study to better understand the existing skills gap in the gaming industry for the year 2018




The Malta Gaming Authority (MGA), through its Information & Research Unit, has conducted a survey (second of its kind) among its licensed remote gaming operators in order to obtain a better understanding of the existing skills gap in the gaming industry.

This report highlights the key findings of a survey carried out by the MGA in 2019 (for 2018) and outlines the main elements of similarity and contrast with the results of the previous survey, where relevant.

The following are the key highlights from this survey:

  • A total of 730 unfilled positions have been reported by the online gaming companies in Malta as at the end of 2018;
  • 68% of unfilled vacancies are primarily at the operational level;
  • The majority (69%) of the vacancies remained unfilled for no more than three months;
  • Lack of work experience (28%), competition from other firms (27%) and lack of qualifications (21%) are the main reasons for unfilled vacancies;
  • According to the survey results, more than one-third of the operators recruit personnel employed by other firms in the sector;
  • 35% of firms engage in in-house training activities or mentoring in order to tackle skill shortages;
  • The recruitment of workers immediately after the completion of their formal education was reported by 9% of the surveyed firms, confirming the potentially stronger role which could be played by educational institutions;
  • Several policy efforts have been made to ensure that training courses are aligned with the industry’s needs. In 2017, the European Gaming Institute of Malta (EGIM) was launched following an agreement signed between the MGA and Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology (MCAST). In 2018, 56 students applied for the iGaming Diploma at MCAST, and an additional 43 enrolled between January and mid-November 2019;
  • By mid-November 2019, 58 students enrolled for the Award in iGaming course at the iGaming Academy – a joint collaboration between the MCAST and EGIM;
  • In 2019, 21 students were selected and matched with seven companies through the Gaming Malta’s Student Placement Programme, an initiative that aims to reduce the mismatch which exists between the supply and demand for gaming skills in the Maltese labour market; and
  • The majority of the surveyed companies expressed their satisfaction with the training offerings in Malta; however, between 15% and 20% of the respondents indicated that more needs to be done with respect to the availability, quality and value for money of the training opportunities in Malta.

The survey which reflects responses received from 238 individual respondents (companies) looks at the size, nature and causes of unfilled vacancies, the recruitment strategies of the respondents, training and development activities as well as the educational offering to the online gaming industry in Malta.

The MGA’s Chief Officer of Finance & Programme Management, responsible for the Information & Research Unit, Peter Spiteri said:


“We are pleased to publish the second paper on the Skill Gap Affecting the Online Gaming Industry with a view to shed light on the current state of play regarding human capital found on the island.

Recent figures published by MGA through its Interim Performance Report indicate that 69% of employees in the online gaming sector are non-Maltese, highlighting the need for expatriate workers to sustain the ever-increasing demand of the industry.

Whilst acknowledging that significant milestones have been achieved through the establishment of the European Gaming Institute of Malta as well as Gaming Malta’s Student Placement Programme initiative, the study indicates that there is significant potential for the local educational system to contribute in addressing the continuous thirst of the industry for a skilled workforce.”

A full copy of the survey can be downloaded from here.

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Funds Advised by Apax Partners LLP Fully Exit their Equity Position in Genius Sports





Genius Sports Limited announced that Funds advised by Apax Partners LLP (Apax Funds) have fully monetized their equity interest in Genius Sports and no longer holds any shares in the Company. The Apax Funds first acquired a majority interest in Genius Sports in September 2018 and have supported the Company through a period of transformational growth over the last six years.

“Apax has been a tremendous partner to Genius Sports, and we are grateful for their valuable insight and expertise over the last six years. Today marks the conclusion of a very successful partnership, and we look forward to welcoming this next chapter with the ongoing support of our high-quality institutional shareholders,” Mark Locke, Co-Founder and CEO of Genius Sports, said.

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Betsson Receives Highest Possible ESG Rating, AAA, by MSCI



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Betsson AB announced that it has been awarded an AAA rating by Morgan Stanley Capital International (MSCI) ESG Ratings, an upgrade from the previous AA level. The AAA rating is the highest possible and confirms Betsson’s dedicated efforts in environmental, social, and governance (ESG) practices, which form a part of running a profitable business long-term.

Pontus Lindwall, CEO of Betsson AB, said: “Receiving the highest ESG rating from MSCI is a testament to Betsson’s dedication to ethical business practices, responsible gaming, and sustainability. These are constant efforts that span across the entire business as we are continuously striving to improve.”

Morgan Stanley Capital International (MSCI) ESG ratings measure a company’s resilience to long-term ESG risks, helping investors identify ESG risks and opportunities within their portfolios. Ratings range from AAA (highest) to CCC (lowest) based on a company’s exposure to and management of industry specific ESG risks relative to peers. Rated companies incur no costs for the rating. MSCI’s methodology ensures unbiased and independent assessments, maintaining the credibility and objectivity of the evaluations.


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Holland Casino Names Hans van Slooten as New Director of Operations



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Holland Casino has named Hans van Slooten as its new Director of Operations.

Van Slooten has been with Holland Casino for three years as Regional Casino Manager in the North-East region and prior to that worked for a variety of companies including KLM, Sligro and FrieslandCampina.

Van Slooten will be taking over the role from Leise, who has been with Holland Casino for 39 years, starting as a Croupier. During his time, he has also been a Casino Manager of various locations, Regional Director and Chief Operations Officer, while also being Director of Operations, and Regional Casino Manager of the South-East region.


Leise will remain with the company until 1 July 2025 for various strategic projects, while Van Slooten will start his Director of Operations role on 1 October of this year.

Petra de Ruiter, CEO of Holland Casino, said: “With Hans, we have found a worthy internal successor to Noël as director of operations. Hans has a lot of experience both inside and outside Holland Casino. His strength is that he is close to the people, both our guests and our employees. In addition, I am extremely grateful to Noël for his years of dedication and commitment to Holland Casino. I have great admiration for the fact that someone who has been with a company for so long can still think so fresh about the future. That is not given to everyone. I am pleased that Noël is prepared to use his knowledge and expertise for Holland Casino in the coming months.”

Incoming director of operations Hans van Slooten said: “It is a great honor to succeed Noël. I have great respect for his wonderful career, his commitment and inexhaustible drive for our beautiful company. Although it will not always be easy to follow in his footsteps, I will take on my responsibilities with and for the operation with dedication. I look forward to meeting more colleagues in the branches and at the head office from October.”

Director of Operations Noël Leise said: “When you have worked for a great company like ours for almost 40 years, it is difficult to choose the right moment to pass the baton. After all, Holland Casino is such a part of my life that it cannot help but hurt a little. I am happy that I can still be meaningful for the future of our company in a different way in the coming period. I have every confidence that Hans will fill the role of Director of Operations very well in his own way and I wish him every success with that.”

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