UPDATE: Gaming Standards Association Creates Online Gaming Committee to Lead Industry Toward Standardization
LAS VEGAS, NV, Feb 01, 2013 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) --
The Gaming Standards Association (GSA) has created an Online Gaming
Committee (OGC). This committee provides a neutral forum for
technology experts in the industry to take a leadership role in the
creation of online gaming standards with the objective of reducing
R&D costs, bringing more interoperability, speeding time to market
and improving consumer protection.
The initial mandate of GSA's Online Gaming Committee, like GSA's
land-based standards committees, will be to solicit industry input,
identify problem areas and develop a comprehensive framework for
technical standards for regulated online gaming.
"Online gaming requires a multitude of standards across the various
domains to ensure consumer protection, proper regulatory monitoring
and to bring the creation of a unified global communication standard
that lowers integration costs, speeds time to market and enables
continued technology innovation. The online gaming industry has
reached a critical stage that is transforming it across all sectors.
We invite all stakeholders to come forward and participate fully in
the essential process of formulating online gaming standards," said
Mario Galea, President of Random Consulting.
As a starting point, GSA is organizing an open forum to encourage
collaboration amongst existing industry associations and
partnerships. This informational forum will solicit support from
experts across the industry to ensure that GSA successfully builds a
firm foundation for the continued growth of regulated online gaming.
GSA President, Peter DeRaedt said, "Online gaming has existed in some
form for more than 18 years, and amazingly, there is not even a
proper understanding of what online gaming is. The way to achieve
integrity, transparency, and consumer protection and to combat
illegal activity in online gaming is through standards, and the way
to achieve success in standards development is through collaboration.
Collaboration must consist of affiliations with existing industry
organizations that can then identify partnerships that will move the
industry forward. That is the role that GSA has played in the
land-based world for more than 15 years, and that is why GSA is
uniquely positioned to lead in this area."
"GSA has an excellent starting point, the work previously identified
by the GSA IGS (Internet Gaming Study group) in 2010. GSA wants to
use this initial work as part of its contribution to the
collaborative environment," DeRaedt said.
GSA has been developing technical standards for the land-based
industry for 15 years. These standards have brought necessary
interoperability and have driven innovation. Now GSA is using its
extensive experience and unique position as an international, neutral
association of gaming operators, suppliers and test labs, to take a
leadership role in the legal online gaming arena.
For more information on the new Online Gaming Committee, visit GSA at
ICE Totally Gaming stand #S3-304 or visit GSA online at
About the Random Consulting: Random Consulting is an advisory member
of GSA and Mario Galea is considered one of the foremost experts in
About the Gaming Standards Association (GSA): The Gaming Standards
Association (GSA) is an international trade association that creates
benefits for gaming manufacturers, suppliers, operators, and
regulators. We facilitate the identification, definition,
development, promotion, and implementation of open standards to
enable innovation, education, and communication for the benefit of
the entire industry. Established in 1998, GSA's members represent a
wide cross section of the global gaming industry.
GSA's Game to System (G2S) Protocol has been named "Best
Productivity-Enhancement Technology" by Global Gaming Business
Magazine; one of Casino Journal magazine's "Top 3 Most Innovative
Products"; and one of Casino Enterprise Management's "Top 10 Slot
Platinum members include Alberta Gaming & Liquor Commission;
Aristocrat Technologies Inc.; Bally Technologies, Inc. (BYI);
International Game Technology (IGT); Konami Gaming Inc.; Ontario
Lottery and Gaming Corporation; SPIELO International, and WMS Gaming
Other members include: 3M, AGRIC; Ainsworth Game Technology Ltd.;
Arrow Gaming; Aruze Gaming America, Inc.; Atlantic Lottery
Corporation; Austrian Gaming Industries; BMM Compliance; British
Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC); British Group; Caesars
Entertainment (CZR); Casinos Austria; Casino Technology; Codere, S.A.
(CDR.MC); ComTrade; European Casino Association; EWA CyberSolutions,
LLC; Fortunet, Inc. (FTNT); Four Winds Interactive; FutureLogic;
Gaming Laboratories International (GLI); Gaming Technology
Association; Gauselman GmbH; Grand Vision Gaming; Intralot S.A.
(INLr.AT); InterSeven Gaming Team; Isle of Capri Casinos (ISLE); JCM
Global; Loto-Quebec; Macao Polytechnic Institute; Manitoba Lotteries
Corporation; MEI; Mohegan Sun; MotorCity Casino Hotel; Multimedia
Games (MGAM); Multi-State Lottery Association; Nanoptix, Inc.; Nidec
Sankyo Corporation; NRT Technology Corporation; Oregon Lottery; Penn
National Gaming (PENN); Radical Blue Gaming; Random Consulting;
Scientific Games (SGMS); Seminole Tribe of Florida; Shuffle Master,
Inc. (SHFL); Station Casinos; Techlink Entertainment International
Ltd.; Tipping Point Gaming; Transact Technologies (TACT); U1 Gaming;
UNLV International Gaming Institute; Video Gaming Technologies, Inc.;
Western Canada Lottery Corporation.
For more information, visit www.gamingstandards.com and join GSA on
Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.
Gaming Standards Association
Tel: +1 (775) 846-4422
E-mail: Email Contact
+1 (702) 413-4278
SOURCE: Gaming Standards Association (GSA)
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