British I-Gaming Companies Form Trade Association

12 September 2001
Based on recommendations included in the Gambling Review Body's recently released report, five British gaming companies have joined forces to form the Interactive Gambling, Gaming and Betting Association (iGGBA) for U.K.-registered companies related to the interactive gaming industry.

"We need to clearly define the unique characteristics of U.K.-based operators, particularly in relation to probity," said Nick Harding, managing director for RAL Holders and one of the forces behind the group's formation. "The global I-gaming sector is growing exponentially and it is vital that we establish an appropriate framework for the U.K. industry."

The group lists its aims as representing the industry, especially in the formulation and maintenance of formal regulation, while providing reassurance for players of the probity and trustworthiness of member companies. The iGGBA proposes a dispute arbitration service as part of its work.

In addition, the iGGBA will provide members with advice on compliance and software approval, especially as outlined in the GRB's report. The group may even represent the industry before the proposed Gambling Commission, once it becomes active.

On Aug. 13 the organization was recognized by GamCare as the principal trade association for Internet gambling companies in the United Kingdom.

The founding companies are Gala Clubs, JPM, Next Generation Gaming, RAL Holdings and Cyberslotz.