Malawi is a white-level online gambling jurisdiction, and there are unclear laws for gambling on the Internet.

Malawi is mostly land-locked in the south-east section of Africa. It borders Lake Malawi to the east; Mozambique to the south-east, south and south-west; Zambia to the west and Tanzania to the north.


In 1996, the Malawi Gaming Board was created. Their purpose was to license gambling games and collect taxes on those games. While they do a good job for land-based games, there is no type of online gambling regulation that comes from this board. It's also worth noting that only casino-style gaming is explicitly regulated and made legal in this country, and no other form of gambling is explicitly legal.

This makes online gambling law unclear on two levels. First, it's unclear if it's even allowed in the first place. Second, if online gambling is allowed, it's unclear if this is restricted to only casino-style gambling. In any event, there's no record of anyone being charged with anything for gambling on the Internet, and there's also no record of any public officials coming out and proclaiming that online gambling is illegal under Malawi law.


What's really interesting about Malawi is that they have one of the strongest gaming boards of any African country. Unfortunately, they haven't licensed any online gambling sites as of yet. It's unclear if they have the authority to do so, and it could go either way. If they were to license an online establishment in the future, it would mean a lot since they're fairly strict about who they allow to operate games using one of their licenses.

The logic here is that they want licensed games to always be legitimate and professionally-operated to preserve the reputation that licensed games have. A lack of confidence in these games would cause players to go with underground, illegal operations instead, and this would hurt tax revenues.

Player Protections

For their land-based operations, the Malawi Gaming Board gives players a lot of protection with very straight-forward methods of filing complaints against companies that have a license to operate. If online gambling was regulated in the future, you could expect the same level of protection when dealing with online operators.

For now, there is no player protection for online gambling. However, since they don't seem interested in going after anyone for gambling online at this time, you should have no trouble playing with foreign operators.

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