Spanish Gambling Authority Green-Lights eCOGRA

11/28/2011
By Pamela PattersonGoogle

 

Good tidings from eCOGRA, the London-based e-Commerce and Online Gaming Regulation and Assurance independent body for player protection and standards.  Not only has it recently been accredited by AAMS (The Independent Administration of State Monopolies) of Italy, but eCOGRA has now been similarly received by the new Spanish Gambling Authority.  eCOGRA has received approval to perform testing and certification for online gambling software and information security systems in Spain.

 

Professional and broad testing is required to receive a stage-one license before operating an online casino in Spain, said the Director General of Spanish Gambling Regulation.  He explained that any applicants who wish to operate on Spanish territory will have to undergo a thorough review process of their platform and their games by an accredited testing agency.  The stage one license allows for a four month provisional operation period during which the facilities and operational systems will be thoroughly inspected.  Only after such an inspection has been successfully passed can the affiliate receive a full operational license. 

 

Thanks to recent liberalization of online gambling legislation, a large number of operators are expected to apply for licensing in the near future; therefore, the need for accredited testers is quite high.  eCOGRA is one such lucky firm.  Andrew Beveridge, the CEO of eCOGRA, praised the Spanish regulatory authority for the recent developments of the Spanish gaming market.  However, Beveridge also noted that although the recent developments in Spain are positive ones, the general situation developing in the European Union is a troubling one.  Though many EU member states are taking liberalized approaches to online gambling, since each and every country is developing its own style of regulation, the work of the testing agencies is becoming increasingly difficult. 

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