Independent Regulator Welcomes UK Involvement

Published August 23, 2007 by OCR Editor

Independent Regulator Welcomes UK Involvement

Independent standards authority, eCOGRA, welcomes the new player on the field, the UK Gambling Commission, which has introduced a new testing approach for online gambling software.

For many years now, the player protection and standards body eCOGRA (eCommerce and Online Gaming Regulation and Assurance) has been the predominant, if not the only, authority acting on behalf of the players in the wild and unregulated online gambling world, at times begging for such involvement. It is now joined by the UK government, which in efforts to regulate the online gambling industry in England, has published a testing approach for online gambling software.

eCOGRA's CEO, Andrew Beveridge, said this week that he and his organization are pleased that the UK Gambling Commission has "adopted outcome based testing to assess compliance with their remote gambling technical standards." The Commission will also join eCOGRA in requiring verification that gambling software used by gambling sites is representative of best practice standards.

Through eCOGRA takes even greater measures in regulating and supervising the online gambling world, with regular testing of each and every game online, RNG testing, monthly payout percentage testing and regularly published reports, the new involvement, this time by a government body, is by all means welcome and good for the industry at large.

Perhaps this would have been different were there business interests involved, but eCOGRA is a non-profit and wholly independent organization, which for five years have led the regulatory efforts and waited for others to join in and advance the industry to safer, more honest and uniform practices.

The UK involvement is one such welcome step towards a better future for the industry, its operators and most importantly, the players.

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