MGA’s New Platform Allows Operators to Report Suspicious Betting Activity

Malta’s online gambling regulator, the Malta Gaming Authority, has launched a new platform where sports betting operators will be able to report suspicious betting activity.

The authority’s Sports Integrity Unit built the platform, known as the Suspicious Betting Reporting Mechanism (SBRM), and it will give operators a way of reporting suspicious activity directly to the MGA. Its creation is part of the authority’s 2020 roadmap, which has seen the regulator greatly expand its active monitoring of online gambling.

While the platform has been launched, it will not be officially available to licensed operators until January 1, 2021. In the meantime, it has been introduced in order to help smooth the transition after the official launch.

The MGA’s Sports Integrity Unit was established in August 2019 with the purpose of gathering data on suspicious sports betting. The platform is the result of a consultation paper on Suspicious Betting Reporting Requirements & Other Sports Integrity Matters that the unit published in May 2020. Following its publication, the paper received praise from the International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA).

This year, the MGA further boosted its sports integrity network by signing data-sharing agreements with a number of national and international sporting bodies such as the International Cricket Council (ICC), the World Professional Billiards & Snooker Association (WPBSA), the Darts Regulation Authority (DRA), and the Swedish Football Association (SvFF).

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