Malawi was a British colony since 1953, and then the protectorate of England, until independence in 1964. The gambling-related laws in Malawi are comfortable compared to many other African countries. All forms of gambling are legal, and citizens can play in casinos, place bets at the bookmakers, or try their luck on the lottery.
The law that affects casinos in the country is the Games Act of 1996. However, it does not cover online casino gambling. Even today, internet penetration in this country is relatively low, with less than 10% of all Malawians having access to the Internet. This means that the online casino market in Malawi is relatively small for now.
This most likely contributes to the fact that gambling laws have not yet been revised to apply to online casinos. As a result, there are currently no licensed online casinos in Malawi, and there seems to be no way for online casino operators to obtain a gambling license in Malawi. Theoretically, online casino sites could apply for a permit from the Game Board, but so far, there is no precedent.
Fortunately, Malawian gamblers still have access to the Internet, playing casino games from the comfort of their own home as online gambling is generally not prohibited in this country. Malawi gamblers are free to play on any of the international online casino sites.
Sports betting is prevalent in Malawi. However, most bookmakers offer odds on foreign sports. The Malawi National Lottery regularly attracts more than 15 million players, making it one of the most popular gamble entertainment forms in the country.