Now that eCommerce and
Online Gaming Regulation and Assurance (eCOGRA) is allowing online casinos who
are not using eCOGRA certified software to apply for and receive their Play it
Safe Seal, eCOGRA is reporting a surge of applications and interest from online
casino operators. In a recent press release, eCOGRA shared the news of their
increase in regulation activity, and further ensured the internet betting
community at large that nothing is being sacrificed in terms of the
certification process for gaming sites using software other than Microgaming.
According to eCOGRA's
Chief Executive Officer, Andrew Beveridge, several well known and respected
online betting companies have applied for the "Safe and Fair" certification,
which is now standardized by the high regulatory and monitoring standards of
eCOGRA's Total Gaming Transaction Review. Now including advisory services and a
broader range of auditing and review services, not to mention overall checks and
balances, eCOGRA has done an excellent job at helping steer the online gaming
industry toward effective widespread regulation.
Beveridge also assured
gamblers that by expanding their certification process to include online casinos
who do not use eCOGRA certified software, does not mean their is a drop in
player protection standards. It simply means that a wider range of gaming sites
will have the opportunity to meet the same regulatory minimums that eCOGRA
imposes in the areas of fair gaming, security, responsible gaming practices and
player protection. Players should remember that an online casino cannot be
certified by eCOGRA without having its software platform tested and audited.
As part of eCOGRA's
expansion into the mainstream of online gambling, if you will, partnerships are
continually being formed in the areas of specialist reviews, thus giving other
companies dedicated to promoting fairness and transparency, the appropriate
avenues to do so. In addition to providing their winnings verification services,
information security services and advisor services, eCOGRA has recently
developed affiliate program standards to ensure proper payouts are being made to
marketing partners of eCOGRA certified online casinos and affiliate programs.