|Senior executives from eCogra (eCommerce and Online Gaming Regulation and Assurance) and PricewaterhouseCoopers met with representatives from International Association of Gaming Regulators, comprising twenty different iGaming jurisdictions in London last week, in an effort to establish common ground in the way in which online gambling is regulated.|
Among those present were representatives from the Isle of Man, Alderney, The United Kingdom and Kahnawake. John Godfrey, of the Alderney Gambling Control Commission, chaired the meeting.
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) and called for ‘meaningful and consistent’ regulation of the online gaming industry, in order to bring about a safe and trustworthy environment.
Beveridge emphasised that his organization was not in competition with government licensing bodies, but sought to compliment their efforts in striving for fair gaming, responsible behaviour and player protection.
'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. ' PricewaterhouseCoopers has now had six 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 Galton are former chairmen of the 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.”