The independent player protection and standards authority for online gambling known as eCommerce and Online Gaming Regulation and Assurance (eCOGRA) is offering its experience and expertise to the U.K. government as the nation works to set up its own regulatory system.
eCOGRA is entering its fourth year as an independent regulatory body for the online gaming industry and has more than 100 online casino and online poker rooms certified through its "seal of approval" system. They're offering their expertise now that the United Kingdom has legalized the industry and is working with other countries in a summit to establish an international online gaming code.
"It is in the best interests of the industry, which provides employment and revenues worldwide, that it is recognized and regulated by national laws, and we want to continue to offer our support for what the U.K. is doing in this area," said Andrew Beveridge, eCOGRA CEO.
"Our experience is that this is the way to protect the players, enhance their experience and ensure fair play is provided by responsible and regulated operators. The leading sites that bear our seal are presently able to demonstrate that they offer responsible gambling to the many millions who play online every day."
The United Kingdom is not the first government to be offered help from the company. eCOGRA has already entered into agreements with regulatory agencies in Malta, the Philippines, and the Kahnawake in Canada, to have the eCOGRA seal recognized by those agencies in place of the local assessments.
To gain a seal of approval from eCOGRA online gambling sites must follow the eCOGRA Generally Accepted Practices which include provisions against money laundering, continuous testing to ensure fairness of the gaming software, responsible operator conduct and measures to limit underage and problem gambling.