On the 25th November 2021, the Malta Gaming Authority issued a notice reminding gaming licensees that in terms of their obligations under the Gaming Authorisations and Compliance Directive (Directive 3 of 2018), licensees are required to ensure that:

  1. Financial statements are audited in accordance with International Standards on Auditing, and prepared in accordance with IFRS;
  2. An Agreed-Upon Procedures Report is drawn up in line with ISRS 4400 (Revised) Agreed-Upon Procedures Engagements (the “ISRS Report”) in relation to Gaming Tax and License Fees; and
  3. In the case of MGA B2C licensees providing online gaming, the ISRS Report in relation to the player funds, the jackpot funds, as well as the portion of Player Funds Account balance held by the licensees which fall under the Maltese licence, is submitted to the MGA.

It should be noted that the abovementioned ISRS Report is distinct from the statutory auditor’s report. 

The said ISRS Report is to be submitted to the MGA within 180 days from the company’s financial year end. As an exception, the ISRS Report due for the year ending December 2021, may instead be submitted by 31 October 2022 to allow sufficient time to adjust to such new requirement.

The Malta Institute of Accountant Gaming Committee in collaboration with the MGA also issued two Technical Releases relating to the carrying out of such engagements, which together with the MGA’s notice, may be accessed here.

Article written by Senior Associate Dr Terence Cassar.

For further information on how we can be of assistance on gaming and betting, please contact Mr Reuben Portanier and Dr Terence Cassar.

Disclaimer This article is not intended to impart legal advice and readers are asked to seek verification of statements made before acting on them.
Skip to content