|Betting exchange Betfair has been awarded a licence to operate its exchange in Malta. The licence will allow Betfair to operate any person-to-person betting or gaming product from Malta.|
“Malta’s excellent technological infrastructure, its progressive and responsible gambling legislation and its EU membership were the three key reasons for us applying for a licence there,” said Stephen Hill, Betfair’s chief executive. “We hope to launch an innovative exchange-based product from Malta in the near future.”
Mario Galea, CEO of the Maltese Gaming Authority, said: “Betfair’s application for a licence comes just a year after Malta introduced its new Remote Gaming Regulations. The fact that a tier one operator has opted to get a Maltese licence goes to show that our regulations are highly regarded and that Malta is seen by operators as a serious jurisdiction for remote gaming.”
Betfair now holds licences in the UK, Austria and Malta and is actively seeking licences in other jurisdictions, including Australia. The Maltese licence enables Betfair to offer new and interesting P2P games to its customers. Until the new UK gambling legislation comes into force, bookmakers are not permitted to offer P2P games in the UK.