SQS to Provide Compliance Software for UKGCPublished April 4, 2016 by Lee R
Compliance software gives all operators in the UK the opportunity to self-check their systems before submitting them for approval.
An independent software provider has been deemed the official testing house of the UK Gambling Commission to ensure compliance of online gambling sites.
Independent software quality specialist SQS has been tabbed to implement the UKG compliance system to ensure online gambling providers do not fall afoul of the new regulatory requirements of the UK's governing gambling body.
Approval Process Complete
The approval has been formally issued as a result of the successful completion of the two-stage approval process of 1) satisfying the Commission's integrity and independence checks, and 2) successfully obtaining ISO 17025 accreditation to meet the Commission's technical standards and specifications. The UKGC's approval positions the SQS software as the official testing software for remote gambling systems and gambling software of operators in or coming in or entering the UK market.
Internet Drives Regulation
The UK regulation model, characterised as “heavy,” has been designed to ensure that all organisations and players in the sector have a safe and fair experience. The industry environment in which the regulation has been adapted is one buoyed by high Internet penetration, with the gross gambling yield (GGY) by UK-license online operators now in excess of £1.35 billion pounds a year.
The SQS software provides the transparent opportunity for all operating companies to test the SQS software behind their new online games in development. Confirming the compliance via SQS software represents the means by which operators can eliminate virtually all possibility of falling behind to the competition within the UK market or having their licence revoked.
New SQS Requirement
With the SQS software established as the official compliance software, the UKGC has now issued the mandate that any online game with an element of gambling to them has to be tested thoroughly by an independent third-party testing house before they are released to the market, regardless of the platform. The goal of this quality control legislation is to eliminate the possibility of games being unscrupulously rigged for financial benefit.