MGA Launch New Integrity Monitoring System’s First Phase

A beta version of its online portal has been introduced for the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) to allow B2C licenced sports betting operators to report suspicious betting activities to their new sports integrity monitoring unit.

The introduction of the platform forms part of the 2020 MGA Roadmap, through which the regulatory agency has extended its technical solutions and frameworks for tracking online gambling operations and enforcement with the industry.

The MGA explained, updating stakeholders, that from 1 January 2021, this new ‘suspicious betting reporting mechanism’ (SBRM) will be made available to all licenced operators.

Via its latest SBRM platform, the MGA has formally released its guidelines to operators with regard to registering and submitting suspicious wagering activities.

In 2020, after signing data-sharing agreements with Cricket’s ICC, World Snooker and the Swedish Football Association (SFA), the MGA greatly strengthened its sports integrity network.

The MGA was formally warned by the International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA) that its technical frameworks required coherent legislation on sports integrity, despite the establishment of high-profile partnerships.

The IBIA outlined three main areas to be clarified by the MGA for licenced operators and stakeholders in relation to ‘customer disputes relating to suspicious betting’,’ operator engagements with global monitoring bodies’ and ‘betting integrity policy engagement with operators.’