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iGaming Executives Network

We are an association of leading iGaming companies based in Malta and operating on the European & international markets. Our mission is to give the industry a common voice and to drive positive change in the environments we operate in.

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OUR MISSION

  • Represent the iGaming industry (operators, suppliers, affiliates) based in Malta
  • Identify the key common issues the industry is facing from an overall business perspective
  • Drive action and initiatives in Malta to ensure that Malta remains the most appealing European country for the industry
  • Speak for the iGaming industry in lobbying efforts towards other European countries that are regulated or may be regulating
  • Endorse and promote Corporate Social Responsibility
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HOW WE OPERATE

  • Proactively Collaborate with the government, private entities and other key stakeholders to push forward the initiatives necessary to fulfil our mission.
  • Communicate iGEN’s purpose and work via press releases, interviews, website, articles, whitepapers

NEWS ROOM

June 15, 2024 in Press Releases

Success for iGEN’s first ESG event

Industry experts on how ESG specifically impacts iGaming companies
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May 17, 2024 in Press Releases

Sustainability given it’s own conference track at Next.io

Experts give their insights into ESG as it affects the iGaming industry
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February 12, 2024 in Press Releases

3X Endurance Athletes meet the heads of Malta iGaming

3x Endurance Athletes meet the heads of Malta iGaming
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February 12, 2024 in Press Releases

iGEN grows its membership with new Tier-1 operator

This partnership is a statement of our commitment to a common vision on responsible gaming
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July 31, 2023 in Press Releases

MGA Annual Report: Strong continued growth puts iGaming at 12% of Malta’s economy

MGA report describes continued steady growth, sustaining the industry’s contribution to Malta’s economy
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June 1, 2023 in Press Releases

EGBA Announces European Safer Gambling Week 2023: 13-19 November

EGBA Announces European Safer Gambling Week 2023
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April 13, 2023 in Press Releases

iGEN sponsors Maltese athlete: 10 Ironmen challenges in 10 days

iGEN core team meet with Dr Miriam Dalli to discuss sustainability
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February 1, 2023 in Press Releases

iGEN core team meet with Dr Miriam Dalli to discuss sustainability

iGEN core team meet with Dr Miriam Dalli to discuss sustainability
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October 14, 2022 in Press Releases

iGEN and BetBlocker promote awareness of safer gambling blocking software during ESGW22

iGEN and BetBlocker promote awareness of safer gambling blocking software for ESGW22
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October 11, 2022 in Press Releases

iGEN supports European Safer Gambling Week 2022

European Safer Gambling Week 2022: a full week of events and webinars designed to raise awareness around…
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What is iGEN and what is its main objective?

iGEN (iGaming Executives Network) is an association set up in 2018 and comprises the leading iGaming companies based in Malta and operating on the European & international markets. Malta’s iGaming industry has enjoyed tremendous growth over the past years, but there are also common issues that all companies operating on the island are facing at the moment. That’s why we felt there was the need for an association that would coordinate and follow-up on joint initiatives to enable positive change.

What are the main issues the iGEN aim to address?

We have a whole list of initiatives and projects that we have started to work on. Some of the issues that we plan to address are specific to the iGaming industry, such as staff shortages as well as problems with the banking sector. Then there are other, more general challenges that the country is facing, which have also repercussions on the iGaming industry. For instance, Malta’s rental prices have gone up dramatically in recent years. As a result, a lot of people are forced to flat-share and/or move away from central areas.

That puts additional strain on Malta’s infrastructure: in our opinion, it’s essential for the country’s future to strengthen the public transportation, leverage the beautiful sea that surrounds our island to establish more sea links and have an extensive network of cycle lanes connecting different areas of Malta. We will be working together with the Maltese government and policymakers in the public sector, as well as other stakeholders such as GamingMalta, the Bankers’ Association, the Real Estate Association and other key organisations to help come up with solutions.

What is the biggest pain point for companies at the moment?

Malta’s booming gaming industry means all companies are competing for the same, limited talent pool, which among other things has resulted in high staff turnover and somewhat inflated salary expectations. There are some 700 iGaming jobs advertised at any moment in time, and most likely not all roles are published on job boards! We have to come up with solutions to overcome this skills shortage. iGEN is also collaborating with ‘HR Connect’, an association of HR executives which is involved in initiatives to attract & retain the best and the brightest to Malta, as well as in educating the local workforce. The new educational institute, EGIM, is already seeking to nurture iGaming talent and this is a step in the right direction, but more needs to be done. One idea is to encourage more universities to join forces with us to produce graduates who meet the needs of the industry. And it is also important to further develop the schools at all ages, from kindergarden to high school, as current capacity is very limited considering the influx of foreign personnel with waiting lists at most establishments.

Many companies mention access to banking services as a major hurdle. What role can iGEN play in ensuring a better relationship with the banking sector?

The Maltese Government prides itself that Malta has become the home of iGaming excellence, and rightly so! Yet gaming companies struggle to get access to the Maltese banking system. It is extremely difficult for a start-up associated with gaming (or blockchain technology for that matter), to open a bank account in Malta, which of course is an essential component of basing the business on the island. Opening personal bank accounts for foreign employees in Malta is also a lengthy and laborious process. While the situation is rather complex, we hope to make a positive contribution by engaging in an open dialogue with the banking sector: initial signals are positive!

Malta is home to the global iGaming industry. From an international perspective, are you planning to take iGaming advocacy to a new level?

Primarily we want to drive positive change in Malta. However, part of our charter is to support the Maltese Government and engage ourselves in discussions with other European countries, Regulators as well as at EU level. There are other associations that have a specific European brief, but none that specifically represent the European operators that are based in Malta, the home of the global iGaming industry. I believe the fact that we are now taking a more collaborative approach to issues concerning the industry will help make our voice heard locally and internationally.

What are your expectations for Malta’s iGaming industry over the next 3-5 years?

We will see more big companies setting up offices in Malta due to Brexit. My biggest concern is that if operational costs are going to increase further, Malta will become uncompetitive from a cost perspective and companies will have no choice but to start looking elsewhere to grow their businesses. Malta is a unique country with many unique advantages and benefits, but it requires dynamic solutions and bold initiatives to ensure it remains the most appealing EU country for the iGaming industry in the years to come.

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