Published on 1 October 2016 by Rachel
Casino players may be better informed than most when it comes to the island of Malta. Many people would not be able to point to the tiny Mediterranean island on a map but its reputation as a hub for iGaming and auxiliary services makes this country a giant in the sector.
A who’s who of iGaming
Even though the island only has an area of 316 km squared, it has done an admirable job of squeezing in some of the biggest, most recognizable names in the industry, from recruiters to game providers to casino operators.
The names RedBet, Vera & John, LeoVegas, Anna Casino, and Mr Green will definitely ring a bell for the experienced player. All of these operators and many more have set up shop in Malta. Professionals from all over the world travel to Malta to live and work in this growing industry, a prospect sweetened by the benefits of island living. These include about 300 days of sunshine a year, good connections to mainland Europe, a low crime rate, and a nation packed with history to explore.
A license respected the world over
A casino’s gaming license is possibly the one credential that can tell you the most about that specific site. A number of licensing bodies exist all over the world but the license issued by the Malta Gaming Authority is one of the most respected.
Operators are subject to strict rules and regular checks to ensure they are complying with them. These rules protect both operators and players, ensuring a fair gaming experience, the safe and secure handling of player data as well as precautions preventing money laundering or other criminal activity.
The biggest events in the calendar
Malta also plays host to two very important iGaming events each year, bringing together professionals from across the sector to network, keep updated on the latest developments, and enjoy some of the island’s famed hospitality.
The Malta iGaming Seminar (or MIGS, for short), is three-day event that hosts keynote speakers and experts from around the globe, offering insights on everything from finance to player profiles.
The Summit of iGaming in Malta (SIGMA) is also held in Malta. Participants can wander the exhibition hall, where plenty of recruiters, casino operators, consultancies and marketing companies are ready to answer questions and give out information on their role in the industry. Participants can also sit in on various discussions, covering all kinds of topics and hosted by industry leaders.