eCogra Revises eGaps Guidelines for Online Gaming
While some online players may be familiar with the eCogra seal that’s on many of their favorite sites (including bwin, PartyGaming, Ladbrokes, Unibet, and other leading brands), not everyone understands the important role that eCogra plays in the online gaming universe.
On May 9th eCogra released new, revised guidelines for its eGaps (Generally Accepted Practices) procedures that more than 150 online gaming sites have adopted. The revisions were in part to ensure that eCOGRA's requirements encompass the CEN Responsible Remote Gambling Measures, but were also part of eCogra’s regular commitment to provide a safe and secure online gambling environment.
eCogra’s full name is eCommerce and Online Gaming Regulation and Assurance, which describes exactly what the organization does; it provides guidelines and frameworks for online poker rooms, casinos, and sportsbetting sites to follow if they want to be able to display the eCogra seal of compliance to their customers. eCogra not only publishes its eGaps guidelines but also conducts reviews of the operations of sites to ensure that they’re in compliance and provide a safe, responsible gambling environment for players.
The London-based organization addresses issues such as whether or not online gambling operators prevent underage gambling, market and advertise their offerings in a truthful fashion, protect customer privacy, and properly manage and account for player funds on deposit. While sites work with eCogra on a voluntary basis, being accredited by eCogra is important for many online gaming sites in order to assure potential customers that they’re playing at a safe, secure site.
Recent developments in the US (where the US government indicted and seized the domains of online operators Full Tilt, PokerStars, and Absolute Poker/UltimateBet) have cast greater light on both the operations of agencies such as eCogra and the value in regulatory frameworks as a whole.