The Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) has recently established a data-sharing agreement with the International Cricket Council (ICC). The ICC is the international governing body of cricket and is made up of over 100 national governing bodies from around the world. The ICC governs and administrates the sport, stages ICC global events, oversees playing regulations and through the Integrity Unit coordinates action against corruption and match fixing. This agreement will facilitate the sharing of information between the two parties, in fulfilment of the requirements at law.
The MGA’s Sports Integrity Manager, Antonio Zerafa stated that, “This data sharing agreement with the ICC represents the Authority’s on-going commitment of combatting match-fixing and other types of manipulation in sports. In fact, this agreement will allow the MGA and the ICC to share crucial data related to the process of detecting, preventing and investigating activities related to manipulation of sports competitions.”
BeyondPlay Secures B2B License in Ontario
BeyondPlay, the B2B start-up developing next-generation engagement software for online gaming operators, is set to enter the North American market having been granted a B2B license to offer its products in the Canadian province of Ontario.
The Gaming-Related Supplier (B2B) License, issued by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO), covers BeyondPlay’s innovative multiplayer and jackpot products.
The Ontario license represents a further major milestone for BeyondPlay, which offers a portfolio of community-oriented products that transform solo game sessions into captivating multiplayer entertainment experiences.
It is also BeyondPlay’s first license in North America, ahead of the company launching its advanced content-agnostic Jackpot Management Software in Ontario in the fourth quarter of 2023 and follows the securing of MGA, Sweden and United Kingdom licenses since December of 2022.
“We are honored to be officially registered as a gambling software provider in Ontario by the AGCO, a testament to our unwavering dedication to compliance and responsible gaming,” the Head of Compliance for BeyondPlay, Andrii Grygorovych, said. “Having secured multiple European licenses in recent months, the Ontario market represents yet another step forward for BeyondPlay, one we intend to follow by entering multiple North American states in the coming year.”
With BeyondPlay’s Jackpot software, operators can create exclusive in-house jackpots for their casino, live casino and sportsbook offerings. The software generates incremental revenue growth for operators, enabling them to tailor jackpots to their specific requirements and offer players an unparalleled gaming experience.
MGA Suspends SFJL Holding’s Licence for Breach of Regulations
The Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) has announced the suspension of SFJL Holding Limited’s licence with immediate effect.
SFJL Holdings is thus no longer authorised to carry out any gaming operations during the suspension’s operative period.
The MGA’s ruling officially came into effect on 3 August. SFJL holds a Type 2 Gaming Services licence in Malta, but this is now suspended for an undisclosed period.
The Malta regulator said SFJL breached several sections of Malta’s Gaming Compliance and Enforcement Regulations. These included regulation 9 (1) C, K and J.
SFJL Holdings failed to comply with multiple regulations in Malta such as: ‘Section 9 (1) (C) failure to comply with obligations in terms of regulatory instrument or other applicable law. The MGA also flagged Section 9 (1) (K), where licensees must seek the regulator’s approval over certain changes within the business.’
These regulations state that if the MGA had been aware of particular circumstances, it would not have given its authorisation over certain matters.
This decision may be subject to an appeal in terms of article 43 of the Gaming Act (Chapter 583 of the Laws of Malta).
Hacksaw Gaming Secures West Virginia Gaming Supplier License
Leading provider of online casino content Hacksaw Gaming has obtained a full supplier license from the West Virginia Lottery that permits the studio to distribute its award-winning game portfolio to operators in the American state of West Virginia.
The landmark development sees Hacksaw Gaming add West Virginia to its list of certified jurisdictions that also includes MGA, UKGC, Romania, Greece, Netherlands, Latvia, Ontario, Italy and Sweden, underscoring the company’s commitment to enhancing its international footprint through the provision of world-class iGaming content.
Flagship Hacksaw Gaming online slot titles Wanted Dead or a Wild, Gladiator Legends, Hand of Anubis, plus many more, will soon be available to play at selected West Virginia-facing online casino platforms as the company drives forward its strategy to penetrate regulated markets.
“Entering the United States, a nation with a rich gaming heritage, represents a huge milestone in our relatively short lifespan, building on the good work we have made across Europe and Canada over the previous months,” the Chief Executive Officer for Hacksaw Gaming, Marcus Cordes, said. “It’s a reflection of the team’s ambition and hard work that we’re finally approved to deliver our award-winning content to players in the United States and we’re in no doubt they will love what we have to offer. Our games borrow from a mix of themes and concepts while incorporating a range of mechanics and features designed to please casino fans of all types.
“Moreover, the West Virginia market has enjoyed tremendous growth since moving to regulate iGaming activity and we’re overjoyed to bring our games to the state’s players, kicking off an exciting new chapter.
“Owing to West Virginia’s favorable gaming climate and robust legislation, Hacksaw Gaming is perfectly positioned for continued growth on the international stage. We’ll be aiming to expand our United States presence across additional states by teaming up with a number of tier-one operators in the coming months.”
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