Johan Styren

LeoVegas Gaming Ltd

Why are you based in Malta and since when have you been here?

Having our operational arm based in Malta means that we can tap into an established international workforce. Since the establishment of the iGaming industry in Malta in the early noughties, the island has managed to attract a lot of remote gaming companies as well as related service providers. Having everything concentrated in an area of 316 km2 has its advantages.  We started operating from Malta in October 2012. We found a relatively small office in the heart of Sliema that was just enough to start-off. Eventually we grew and we were lucky enough to be able to expand in the same office and now occupy almost 2,000 square metres.

What things are there about Malta that make you operate here?

Besides the available talent pool and that Malta is becoming a hub for remote gaming, Malta’s gaming licence also offers added advantages over non-EU jurisdictions.

Can you give us an example of where Malta’s i-gaming set-up has helped your business?

One of the ones that has been most beneficial for us is that by operating from a place that is close to most of our suppliers has really helped us to build solid professional relationships with them.  

What would you recommend to others about Malta?

I’ve recently heard someone describing Malta as one big open-air museum; and it’s true. There’s a rich history that spans millennia and you can still visit and enjoy most of it today. There’s also the whole Mediterranean charm that the island offers and the striking colours of the blue sea and the Maltese golden limestone… and the weather of course.

Any good things about Malta that you don’t think are often spoken of?

One benefit that is hardly spoken of is that despite Malta being an island, it is still very well-connected to the rest of Europe. This means that you’re practically just a couple of hours away from any destination in western Europe.

What is your best experience of Malta on a  business level?

Having such a thriving industry means that the competition is dense. However, there is still a sense of collaboration to help each other out and I get to meet and network with a lot of my peers at various events.

What’s your favourite part of Malta and why?

It’s a tough one but if I really have to pick, I’d go with the grand harbour area, mainly Valletta and the three cities Cospicua, Vittoriosa, and Senglea. Over the past few years, this area has developed a lot and nowadays offers a respectable choice of variety when it comes to shopping, dining, and other leisure activities.

And on a personal level?

The quality of life on the island is very good and there’s always something to do, either as a couple or with a group of friends.

Can you give me a snapshot of your working day?

When not travelling, my typical working day would include meetings at the office, conference calls, trying to juggle a workout session, and then in the evening I look forward to relaxing with friends.