Gaming Regulator Calls for Harmonisation
By staff
Online gambling standards and player protection organisation eCOGRA has announced that there is a growing necessity for Internet gambling operators to commit to serious licensing jurisdictions with real regulatory requirements.

ECOGRA’s Chief Executive Officer, Andrew Beveridge, said that, with competition soaring in the European arena following the move away from the legality-ridden and confusing problems of operating in the United States, the need for acceptable standards and licensing has never been stronger.

'We're aware that there are inter-nation and perhaps political difficulties in reaching a harmonised form of detailed international standards and regulations among national licensing jurisdictions,' said Beveridge.

'But the main prize is surely a safe and fair online gambling environment for the players. That is our goal in promoting practical standards on which we can all agree and the inspection and monitoring necessary to ensure compliance.

'We are confident that eCOGRA makes it possible for accredited operations to meet or exceed the principal demands of the top licensing jurisdictions, and that has generated substantial interest in our activities by operators who look for professional guidance in reaching the right levels of acceptability.'

Beveridge was speaking at the recent sixth annual European Interactive Gaming Congress and Expo (EiG) in Barcelona and stated that eCOGRA and its growing London-based professional team have engaged regularly with several licensing jurisdictions on the acceptability of its standards, laying the groundwork for compliance with most jurisdictional requirements in terms of game fairness, customer service, responsible gambling, management integrity, operational efficiency and accounting best practice.

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