Malta Gaming Authority
The Malta Gaming Authority was initially formed to regulate and control land based casinos in Malta. Around the time of the millennium a surge in the formation of online casino operators led to many being registered in Malta to benefit from low taxation.
Malta is part of the European Union so any online casino registered in Malta can operate legally within any of the 28 member states. That is subject complying with any gambling legislation within the EU member state. Many of the EU member states will no longer allow a foreign online casino to offer their services within the state unless they have a local registered company and gambling licence.
Although this Maltese Autority licenses and regulates many online casinos it became a legal requirement in 2014 that any online casino registering UK players must also regulated and licensed by the UK Gambling Commission. This has also affected online casinos operating from other non UK bases like Gibraltar and the Isle of Man.