MGA Implements First Phase Of VFA Sandbox Framework

3rd January 2019

This phase is planned to last for a period of 10 months, subject to an extension if deemed fit by the Authority.

The Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) has launched the first of two phases of its Sandbox Framework for the acceptance of virtual financial assets (VFA) and the use of distributed ledger technology (DLT) within the gaming industry.

During this phase, the Authority will be accepting applications for the use of DLT assets, directly or through third-party service providers, by its respective licensees.

This phase is planned to last for a period of 10 months, subject to an extension if deemed fit by the MGA.

The Authority has also updated its Licensee Relationship Management System (LRMS) to allow both new and existing operators to apply for approvals for the use of DLT assets.

Existing licensees participating in the sandbox environment can also report VFA player liabilities through the monthly Player Funds Report. Licensees will also need to report any failed return transactions, with respect to any invalid deposits.

The MGA said that approval to participate in the Sandbox Framework is conditional on the applicant holding the relevant licence issued by the MGA, without prejudice to any other regulatory requirements stemming from other applicable legislation, including but not limited to the VFA Act and regulations issued thereunder.

The MGA invited the public to contact the Innovation Team on for any queries related to this phase of the Sandbox Framework.

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