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Call for Maltco Authorised Agents

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Friday, 10th August 2018 – Maltco Lotteries would like to inform the general public that it is accepting submissions from persons who are interested in operating vacant Maltco Lotteries Points of Sale. 

One can apply by using the Official Online Applications Form found in the “Business Opportunities” section on the Maltco Lotteries’ website; http://corporate.maltco.com/retailers/

 All submissions will be evaluated and processed in strictest confidence. 

For further information email info@maltco.net, visit the Maltco website www.maltco.com or call 2388 3000.  

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Maltco Lotteries partners with Ogilvy on market research study.

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Maltco Lotteries partners with Ogilvy’s Market Research Division in Malta to conduct a long-term market research study for the benefit of the customers regarding various topics concerning the gaming industry. Ogilvy fieldworkers, identified by an official Maltco Lotteries badge will be visiting homes in all localities between 16:00 and 20:00 daily including weekends. The kind cooperation of the public is requested in conducting this study.

The research project will use handheld and cloud technology for gathering the public’s answers, which will be treated in the strictest confidence under conditions of anonymity.

For further information email info@maltco.net, visit the Maltco website www.maltco.com or call 2388 3000.

GLMS welcomes Maltco Lotteries Ltd within the GLMS family

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Lausanne, 26 June 2018, Maltco Lotteries Ltd has today become the 31st Member of the Global Lottery Monitoring System (GLMS). Maltco Lotteries has been a firm and traditional supporter of sport of all levels in Malta and with a long-standing commitment to responsible gaming operations in all its

GLMS President, Ludovico Calvi states: “We are delighted to welcome Maltco Lotteries Ltd to our Association. Maltco once again proves its commitment to responsible and sustainable sports betting operations, but also to an ethical driven sport in the highest interest of all Maltese citizens. The joining of Maltco will no doubt further strengthen this unique global alliance of Lotteries that have joined forces to safeguard the credibility of sports, fully in line with the core lottery integrity mission and values”. 

Vasileios Kasiotakis, CEO of Maltco Lotteries, adds: “Being an operator that respects both society and its customers and sharing a strong commitment to responsible sports betting operations, Maltco is pleased to join the GLMS, notably as it has been lately enhancing its operations and intensifying its regulatory efforts and activities. We look forward to benefiting from the GLMS services and also contributing to its important work for the benefit of sport and society”

Maltco Lotteries contributes another €50,000 into the Responsible Gaming Foundation.

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Maltco Lotteries has once again contributed a further €50,000 to the Responsible Gaming Foundation with a cheque presented to the Malta Gaming Authority. Maltco contributes to Malta’s economy through job creation and investment as well as to social well-being through an on-going programme of financial support for NGO’s, culture, sports and health.

Maltco’s mission is to develop and market the best games of change/skill in a responsible way for the benefit of the Maltese community. Maltco Lotteries is certified by the World Lottery Association’s Responsible Gaming Framework and by the European Lotteries Responsible Gaming Standards.

Parliamentary Secretary for Financial Services, Digital Economy and Innovation Silvio Schembri thanked Maltco for contributing annually as part of the agreement with the Government. “It is the example we want to showcase, that is having a whole economic system where nobody is left behind. There’s the industry gaming that wants to be a key player in the well-being of our society, the regulator which provides the ideal environment for this industry to operate , the Foundation that bridges between the industry and society and ultimately us the policy makers that provides the ideal tools for this whole chain to be possible” said Schembri. Silvio Schembri affirmed Government’s commitment in strengthening the gaming industry while looking forward to the implementation of the Foundation’s social projects which are proof of a healthy balance in the Home of Gaming Excellence.

Maltco’s contribution will definitely strengthen the work and vision of Responsible Gaming Foundation.

On behalf of the Responsible Gaming Foundation; Chairman Vincent Muscat and Mr Kayne Said,  expressed that after the survey about Consumption of Gaming Services in Malta, published by the Malta Gaming Authority, and in view of the new Gaming Act being approved by Parliament, the Foundation is in a better position to implement social programmes targeting those most vulnerable to gaming addiction. Hence the Responsible Gaming Foundation will be enhancing its current campaigns, will be strengthening its social function through the ‘’Take Action Program’’ and in the coming months, the Foundation will also be assisting the MGA in its plans  to launch a unified self-exclusion project for its remote gaming licensees,  as well as continue working on the recently updated land-based system.

Mr Muscat & Mr Said both thanked Maltco Lotteries for always supporting these measures, amongst others, through several donations supporting the programs and campaigns implemented by the Foundation.

Chief Executive Officer Vasileios Kasiotakis, on behalf of Maltco Lotteries thanked all the stakeholders, particularly Maltco Agents and Employees, who during this “Year of Retail”, have all passed the Responsible Gaming annual training on Responsible Gaming provided by Maltco. “This contribution allows all the Maltco Lotteries family to reinforce good work in the wider community.

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U*BET SW Horse Racing & Grand Lottery tickets bought in April remain unclaimed, with time running out to be claimed

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Monday, June 11, 2018, Malta – Maltco Lotteries, has announced that two prizes, won in April 2018, remain unclaimed. Maltco Lotteries is urging the ticket holders of these winnings to come forward with their original and valid tickets as soon as possible in order to claim their prizes as both tickets expire within the coming days. The first is a U*BET Swedish Horse Racing ticket; played on the 22nd of April 2018 and worth €6,312.24c – this ticket was purchased from a Maltco Point of Sale in St. Julians.

The second is a Grand Lottery ticket; drawn on the 27th of April 2018 and worth €6,008 – the ticket was bought from a Maltco Point of Sale in Rabat, GOZO.
Maltco Lotteries urges these two winners to immediately visit the company’s head office in Iklin, as soon as possible to claim their prize before the tickets expires, 60 days from their respective draw date.

Unclaimed winnings are transferred by Maltco Lotteries to the Government’s Good Causes Fund, which scope is to support various individuals, agencies or organisations that have a social, cultural, educational, sport, philanthropic or religious activity.

For further information email info@maltco.net, visit the Maltco website www.maltco.com or call 2388 3000.

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Announcement

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Maltco Lotteries would like to announce to the public that today the 1st of June 2018, the last draw of Grand Lottery Game in its current format will be held.

The accumulated Jackpot of the Grand Lottery Game, if not won today, will be transferred to the Jackpot fund of a new game, which will be made available to the public in the near future.

Maltco Lotteries supports and participates in ISACA Cybersecurity Conference.

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Maltco Lotteries are sponsoring the ISACA ‘Cybersecurity: Securing our future’ conference being held at the Hilton on May 22.

Maltco Lotteries are sponsoring ISACA’s Cybersecurity Conference 2018 taking place on May 22 at the Hilton. The conference is being organised by the ISACA Malta Chapter.

The full day conference entitled ‘Cybersecurity: Securing our Future’ will be attended by Maltco Lotteries Operations Director, Mr George Kakouras and Legal & Regulatory Manager, Dr Maria Barbara. Maltco Lotteries has one of the most sophisticated digital networks on the Maltese Islands and are constantly seeking best practice in information technology and protection.

The conference will present cybersecurity trends, risks and challenges, focusing not just on the ones currently faced by local and international organisations, but also on disruptive trends that will soon hit the mass markets, including Cyber Espionage, IoT, Augmented Reality, BlockChain, GDPR and Privacy requirements, Cyberwar, AI, and related topics.

ISACA engages in the development, adoption and use of globally accepted, industry-leading knowledge and practices for information systems. ISACA is the voice of the information systems audit, IT governance, risk management and cybersecurity professions. By offering industry-leading knowledge, standards, credentialing and education, ISACA enables over 140,000 professionals in 187 countries to apply technology in ways that instil confidence, address threats, drive innovation and create positive momentum for their organizations.

Maltco Lotteries believes those who do not work in IT but use computing devices for work, it is necessary to have an understanding of cybersecurity to appreciate how minor mistakes or simple oversights might lead to a disastrous scenario regarding the security or bottom line of their organisation. Maltco Lotteries is proud to be able to support this important event that brings such world-class speakers in the field to the Maltese Islands.

 

For further information email info@maltco.net, visit the Maltco website www.maltco.com.mt or call 2388 3000.

 

Increased Opportunities for Students in the field of digital games; Maltco Lotteries and the Institute of Digital Games Partner to Support the Next Generation of Game Researchers and Designers in Malta

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During a Press Conference held on Wednesday, 18th, The Institute of Digital Games of the University of Malta and Maltco Lotteries presented the two projects which were completed and made possible due to a Maltco research sponsorship of €20,000, this to promote research and innovation in digital games which allowed researchers at the IDG to hire students or alumni to undertake a project in their area of expertise.

The two launched Projects, selected by the Director of the Institute of Digital Games, in consultation with the faculty; were “Something Something Soup Something” designed by Dr Stefano Gualeni with the support of two of the Institute’s Master students: Isabelle Kniestedt and Johnathan Harrington and “The New Born World”; a story-telling game developed as tablet application, designed by Dr Antonios Liapis with the support of one master’s student, Konstantinos Sfikas and one alumnus, Rebecca Portelli.

“Maltco’s funding allows our researchers and students to experiment in game design and explore the full capabilities of games from the adapting philosophical thought experiments to the virtual world to developing AI algorithms that can be used in games or even transferred to other areas such as civil planning and health. At the same time students get hands-on experience in a research project related to game development, something that is irreplaceable if they are looking to pursue a career in the industry,” Prof. Georgios N. Yannakakis, Director of the Institute of Digital Games – University of Malta praised Maltco’s initiative to support student research and experience.

“To work closely with the Institute of Digital Games of the University of Malta feels indeed like making a significant step towards gaming evolution. At INTRALOT we invest greatly on innovation and as we have a player-centric approach at everything we do, we treasure the insights that this collaboration has brought back. We are very much looking forward to new projects and to hopefully also facilitating opportunities for young professionals in the gaming industry” said Dr Panagiotis Koustenis, Games and Statistics Manager – INTRALOT.

“Over the past years, the Institute of Digital Games has grown in reputation and hence its importance within game research and education on an international level.  It is thanks to the hard-working and dedicated team at this Institute, that these innovative opportunities are offered to students; both local and foreigners, to undertake digital games as an investment in the future. As one of the leading companies in Malta, it is Maltco Lotteries’ honour to support the Institute of Digital Games.”  Mr Vasileios Kasiotakis, Chief Executive Officer of Maltco Lotteries

The Institute of Digital Games was ranked among the top 25 post-graduate game design programs by the Princeton Review in 2017 and this type of funding allows the Institute to ensure they remain amongst the top programs worldwide.”

About the Institute of Digital Games

The Institute of Digital Games is the centre for research and education in game design, game analysis, and game technology at the University of Malta.

Our work is at the forefront of innovative games research. We explore games and play, uncovering new playful and generative possibilities in game design and technology. We delve into everything games can teach us about ourselves.

Our multidisciplinary academic team spans computer science, literature, game design, philosophy, media studies, and social sciences.

Since the foundation of the Institute in 2013, we have been involved in a number of EU (FP7, H2020) and National funded research projects totaling over 10m Euro of research funding. Collectively, we have published over 160 journals articles, conference papers, book chapters and books in these last 5 years.

 

Maltco Lotteries and Institute of Digital Games partner to support the next generation of game researchers and game designers in Malta

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Maltco Lotteries and the Institute of Digital Games – University of Malta will be presenting the outcomes of their two-year agreement made to increase the opportunities of students in the field of digital games in a press conference to be held the 18th April at 18h30 at the Institute of Digital Games, University of Malta.

The completed projects will be presented by Prof. Georgios N. Yannakakis, Director of the Institute of Digital Games – University of Malta whilst the two upcoming projects falling under the agreement will also be announced. The projects were made possible due to a Maltco research grant of € 20,000 to promote research and innovation in digital games which allows researchers at the IDG to hire students or alumni to an undertake a project in their area of expertise. Projects are selected by the Director of the Institute of Digital Games, in consultation with the faculty, on the basis of proposals submitted by researchers. Each semester the most interesting proposals are implemented with the support of the Maltco research grant.

The first project to be completed entitled “Something Something Soup Something” was designed by Dr Stefano Gualeni with the support of two of the Institute’s Master students: Isabelle Kniestedt and Johnathan Harrington. The game was an innovative sortie into the possibilities of a “game as interactive thought experiment” addressing the unreliability and relativity of language and our methods of communication. The game is meant to demonstrate through the gameplay that despite our best efforts for precision in communication we are still faced with ultimately indefinite, shifting concepts. The project was well-received by the video game community even featuring on Kotaku.com, one of the most prominent international gaming websites.

The second selected project “The New Born World” is a story-telling game developed as tablet application. The game will be one of the first examples of hybrid board game application to be used in conjunction with social game play and is designed by Dr Antonios Liapis with the support of one master’s student, Konstantinos Sfikas and one alumnus, Rebecca Portelli. The game also builds on the One Tablet Per Child initiative started by the Maltese government as it is a storytelling game encouraging both literacy and semantic creativity. Dr Liapis intends to further examine the experience of human and computer co-creation, his particular area of expertise, through the designed game.

During this press conference, another two new projects, one related to machine learning led by Prof. Yannakakis, and one related to immersion and story by Prof. Calleja, will also be announced.

Present for this event will be; Prof. Alfred Vella, the Rector for the University of Malta, Prof Georgios N. Yannakakis, Director Institute of Digital Games – University of Malta, Mr. Vasileios Kasiotakis, Chief Executive Officer – Maltco Lotteries Limited, Dr Panagiotis Koustenis, Games and Statistics Manager – INTRALOT, and also the creators of the two complete funded research Dr. Stefano Gualeni and Dr Antonios Liapis. Personnel from both the Institute of Digital Games and from Maltco Lotteries will also attend.