Date published: 02.06.2021
Malta Gaming Authority Lowers Minimum RTP to 85%
The Malta Gaming Authority has just announced that they have lowered the minimum Return to Player payout rate of online slots from 92% to 85%.
The decision was made after a consultation with stakeholders, B2C operators and B2B operators.
This minimum RTP applies to operators who offer their games online with a license from the Malta Gaming Authority.
The RTP can be adjusted depending on the market where the game is offered, which helps operators compensate for increasing tax liabilities in some markets.
Although this minimum rate is lower now, many online slot operators have a much higher average RTP, often around 95 to 96%, and it's unlikely that you will see many games with such a low return to player.
Game developers will still aim to offer competitive games, so it's unlikely that all games will get drastically lower return to players rates. Some operators who lower the payout rate of their games may look for other options to stay competitive, such as introducing more bonus features.
You can see the RTP of a game in the game details, which should always be just one click away in the game. The shown RTP in the game is the one that must apply to the game.
The Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) is going to work on improving player protection directives in the future, which will focus on protecting minors and vulnerable people.
The regulator requires measures for responsible gaming to be readily available at MGA-licensed casinos, but there is more room for improvement and stricter controls of such measures.