Roundtable encourages universal Internet gaming code of conduct

The creation of an international code of conduct to promote responsible online gambling operations was one of the ideas spawned at an industry roundtable discussion in London recently.

Top players in the Internet gaming world came out for the discussion organized by software leader Microgaming. Talks focused on reviewing current industry practices and the implementation of a new global code.

Plans are in the works to formally launch consultations for the project, currently a draft aimed at covering individual gambling sites and software providers.

Organizations GamCare - a U.K. authority on problem gambling - and eCOGRA - a player protection group - are driving the initiative and hope to complete the bulk of the work by this fall.

The goal, Microgaming said in a release, would be to merge current codes to provide a framework that could be tabled at an international summit this year.

"We recognize that the current situation of having a number of codes of practice covering a diverse range of areas is not ideal for the industry or the players," said Microgaming CEO Roger Raatgever.

"The formation of one clearly defined international code demonstrating best practice with a unified voice will strengthen communication to both the players and the industry as a whole."

Offering guidance at Monday's roundtable were representatives from the Portman Group who spoke about how players in the alcohol industry worked together to address problem drinking in the U.K.

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