EGIM looks to equip Malta's iGaming industry with the right skills

EGIM looks to equip Malta's iGaming industry with the right skills

Thursday, February 8, 2018

The European Gaming Institute of Malta (EGIM) launched in November, following an agreement signed between Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) and Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology (MCAST).

The strategic initiative aims to lead to the development of talent in the gaming sector in Malta and the creation of more long-term careers for both local and foreign students. It will offer educational programmes to enhance the sustainability and growth of the workforce in the digital economy.

The gaming sector contributes €1.2 billion to the Maltese economy – 12% of its GDP and on the launch of the Institute, Dr. Silvio De Bono, President of the MCAST Board, commented: “It certainly has room to grow. However, we need to encourage the young people to begin looking at professions in the iGaming industries which are a reality of today’s digital age.”

Courses available include a Masters in iGaming – Technology, a Masters in iGaming – Data and Analytics, and more.

Stephen Vella, General Manager, European Gaming Institute of Malta, said: “We’ve identified a need to upskill our people to be able to work in this industry over the coming years, and to equip our people nationally and internationally [with the right skills].”

He added: “There is great opportunity in gaming. If someone believes that [they have] the skills and are ready to start a new journey, the opportunities are there and the possibility to come to Malta and study in a safe place – this is an opening for those people.”