eCOGRA Briefs Licensing Jurisdictions

21 June 2004
Senior executives from eCommerce and Online Gaming Regulation and Assurance (eCOGRA) and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) met with twenty representatives from government online gambling jurisdictions in London last week to explore common regulatory ground.

eCOGRA CEO Andrew Beveridge and PwC partner Jacques Louw briefed officials from the International Association of Gaming Regulators on the underlying principles of applying eCOGRA's Generally Accepted Practices (eGAP) during online gaming software supplier and operator reviews, and the outsourced software verification methodology used by PwC.

Among those present were representatives from the Isle of Man, Alderney, The United Kingdom and Kahnawake. The meeting was chaired by John Godfrey, chairman of the Alderney Gambling Control Commission.

Beveridge acknowledged how important it was that serious regulators get together to pave the way for meaningful and consistent regulation of the online gaming industry in order to bring about a safe and reputable environment.

He told the audience that eCOGRA`s chief objectives were the protection of online gamblers and a safer and more credible industry, and stressed that his organisation was not in competition with government licensing bodies, but complimented their efforts in striving for fair gaming, responsible behaviour and player protection. There were now 44 casinos displaying the eCOGRA Seal, with more currently undergoing acceptance inspections, he revealed.

`Our presence here is not to solicit business or argue methodologies, but simply to share with you the knowledge that has been accumulated by eCOGRA stakeholders,` he said. `PwC has now had 6 years experience in the industry, and our membership includes the two largest software providers, some of the most successful operators and independent directors with impressive executive track records in the wider gambling industry.`

eCOGRA hopes to continue to liaise with the IAGR, Beveridge concluded, `Two of our independent directors, Frank Catania and Bill Galston are former chairmen of this body and our goals are in general very similar. We support both the need for regulation in an unregulated industry to safeguard the players, and the desirability of practical regulations with a common purpose.