On Monday 4th March, the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) and the Spelinspektionen (Swedish Gambling Authority) entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in order to enhance and facilitate the relationship between the two authorities, allowing seamless sharing of information on topics of common interest and policy areas.
This MoU also strengthens Article 2 of Chapter 16 of the Swedish Gaming Act. The first section of this article states that Swedish licensees shall have their servers situated in Sweden, however, its sub-articles state that operators can be exempt from this requirement if they are already licensed in another country where their architecture is monitored by an EEA authority.
Indeed, the Director General of the Swedish Gambling Authority stated that most companies licensed under Sweden’s new gaming regime have technical equipment and a license in Malta, and by having open communication between the two authorities, supervisory functions will become more effective. Thus, through this MoU, Maltese operators who are also licensed in Sweden now have assurance that they can keep their servers in their chosen data centres without having to relocate and incur high costs of server hosting in Sweden.