|The British independent player protection and standards body e-Commerce and Online Gaming Regulation and Assurance (eCOGRA) has announced that it has undergone a surge of interest in its growing range of professional services.|
This growing awareness follows the non-profit organisation’s decision earlier this year to accept online gaming and betting operators that do not necessarily use the software of its member software providers.
'It is very encouraging from an industry perspective to see a significant number of ‘big name’ applicants undergoing the inspection, probity checks and monitoring procedures we use to accredit sites for the Safe and Fair eCOGRA seal,' said Andrew Beveridge, Chief Executive Officer of eCOGRA.
'There is no reduction in the inspection and monitoring levels or the standards required to satisfy our independent directors before an organisation is certified. However, the policy now in force opens up our services to a wider range of online gambling operators who want to achieve third party verification that the players are protected, the games are fair, and responsible practices are implemented,' he said.
The increase in interest also follows eCOGRA’s recent expansion of services based on industry and business requirements explicitly requested by operators. The London-based organisation now offers specialist reviews and advisory services in addition to its other services including dispute mediation, responsible gambling training and payout percentage and RNG certification. The provision of these industry specific and specialist services is made possible through the appointment of a highly qualified team with accounting firm experience in auditing and advisory practices.
'The popularity of these services shows that there is a genuine move in the industry toward a more professional standing through self-regulation and implementation of best practice standards,' said Beveridge.
'The result is growing operator demand for audit-type services that give both players and other industry stakeholders the necessary confidence in safety, professionalism and efficiency and we have and will continue to develop a basket of services carried out by qualified specialists to satisfy this demand.'