eCOGRA to Offer More Online Operators ITS Compliance Seal



    New Arrangements Will Make Player Protection and Quality Standards More
    Accessible to Online Casino and Poker Room Operators

    LONDON, March 13 /CNW/ - Dozens more online casino and poker room
operators will soon qualify for affiliation with the player protection and
standards body, eCommerce and Online Gambling Regulation and Assurance
(eCOGRA), following a change in how the seal can be awarded, the organisation
announces today. (www.ecogra.org)
    The principal change means that software providers of interested
operators will no longer be required to be members of eCOGRA. However, there
will be no reduction in the inspection and monitoring levels required in order
to display the prestigious "Play It Safe" seal, awarded by the organisation.
    "We've experienced an enormous amount of interest from operators who
aren't using our existing members' software, which was previously a
pre-requisite to obtaining a seal" says Andrew Beveridge, CEO. "The new
arrangements will allow all operators to apply for an eCOGRA seal of approval,
at a time when it is vital the industry demonstrates responsibility for player
protection and improved operational standards."
    From today, eCOGRA will offer operators that use software provided by
non-eCOGRA members its certification services. The move will afford many more
operators with solid reputations and proven track records the opportunity to
obtain an independent and widely respected 3rd party assurance that the
players are protected, the games are fair, and the operator behaves
responsibly.
    Operators will also be able to publish eCOGRA's Total Gaming Transaction
Reports for fairness of payout percentages, card-shuffling and RNG behaviour,
and will have access to other services, including eCOGRA's Fair Gaming
Advocate dispute resolution service, affiliate program reviews, responsible
gambling training and external and internal security assessments.
    All new operators will be subject to the same detailed on-site testing
procedures to ensure compliance with eCOGRA's Generally Accepted Practices,
and the seal award will be conditional upon eCOGRA's independent directors'
satisfaction that there is full compliance with the requirements.
    eCOGRA's recent Global Online Gambler Survey of 11,000 online gamblers
showed that the majority of respondents would look for a safety and quality
kite mark such as eCOGRA's "Play It Safe" seal before playing on a site,
highlighting the need for reassurance that the operator is professional and
honest.
    In today's operating environment, it is more critical than ever for
operators to practically demonstrate to legislators and other stakeholders
throughout the world that the online gambling industry is both prepared and
committed to act in the best interests of its customers.
    eCOGRA has made available a summary of the many advantages of
incorporating its professional standards at www.ecogra.org/affilation. Notes
to Editors eCOGRA, the independent standards authority for the online gambling
industry, is committed to protecting online casino and poker players around
the world. The non-profit organisation addresses the most important issues to
players: fast payouts, fair gaming, responsive and efficient service and
responsible operator conduct.
    eCOGRA provides an international framework of best operational and player
practice requirements enforced through inspections, reviews, and continuous
monitoring. To date, 115 sites comply with these requirements and have been
awarded the coveted "Play It Safe" Seal that identifies to players the safest
online gambling sites on the Web. For more information on how eCOGRA is
constantly improving standards in online gaming for players everywhere, go to
www.ecogra.org.




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