Responsible gaming

Notice in light of COVID-19

27 March 2020

The Malta Gaming Authority (‘MGA’) has, in response to the outbreak of COVID-19 issued a notice to its licensees on socially responsible commercial communications to players.

The MGA highlighted that the current situation may be particularly distressing to players and has taken this opportunity to remind its licensees that, in accordance with the Gaming Commercial Communications Regulations, Subsidiary Legislation 583.09 (the ‘Regulations’), to which all licensees are subject, all commercial communications to players must be socially responsible. In this regard, any direct or indirect reference to COVID-19, or any related circumstance, would be considered to amount to a breach of the Regulations.

Furthermore, it was also emphasised that commercial communications to players should, at no point:

  • Encourage antisocial behaviour;
  • Suggest that gaming can be a resolution to social, educational, personal or professional problems;
  • Suggest that gaming can be an alternative to employment;
  • A solution to financial concerns or a form of financial investment;
  • Portray gaming as socially attractive; or
  • Suggest that solitary gaming is preferable to social gaming.
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