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LGA hosts 100 meetings at three-day ICE

LGA and Malta Enterprise officials handled enquiries about licensing and relocation.

LGA and Malta Enterprise officials handled enquiries about licensing and relocation.

Around 100 meetings were hosted over three days at the Lotteries and Gaming Authority’s stand at a major igaming trade event in London last week.

For the 10th year, Malta’s regulator was present at ICE at London’s Excel Conference Centre between Tuesday and Thursday, and proved yet again to be among the major attractions. ICE hosted a total of more than 40,000 visitors.

Chief executive Reuben Portanier said that ICE 2013 confirmed the strong interest in Malta – some of the largest gaming operators confirmed their intention to obtain licences from Malta.

Numerous queries were also directed towards the upcoming regulatory framework covering digital games with prizes. Interestingly, a number of adjunct service companies, including leading independent testing laboratories, also presented their plans to locate testing and certification facilities in Malta, one of which actually opened shop last week.

The regulator also hosted Malta Enterprise on its stand, whose officials handled enquiries from operators planning to relocate to the island.

Malta’s High Commissioner to the UK Joseph Zammit Tabona accompanied by LGA chairman Nick Xuereb toured all the Maltese-licensed operators and service providers present at the event.

“It is quite remarkable to see such a predominance of Maltese companies present at such an important event in the gaming industry’s calendar and to hear so many positive remarks on Malta’s serious regulatory approach,” Mr Zammit Tabona said.

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