Devon Dalbock, General Manager, GLI Africa
The last several months have been trying for the global gaming industry. As the spread of novel coronavirus precipitated the need for temporary closures of land-based gaming facilities, lawmakers and regulators everywhere began to look to iGaming and sports betting as potential means to continue to provide entertainment to players in their jurisdictions and as potential areas of revenue.
Similarly, suppliers and operators looked to these potential emerging jurisdictions as ways to expand their business while helping regulators provide the casino-style entertainment players want.
As regulators and suppliers in existing jurisdictions can attest, there was indeed an uptick in the online gaming business and land-based casinos closed. For regulators and lawmakers in jurisdictions who had not yet implemented online gaming, the situation left some feeling a greater sense of urgency to move forward with the technology. The question for many was, “How do we do this safely and quickly?”
Navigating the uncharted and shifting waters of online gaming and its evolving technology can seem daunting. However, the good news is while iGaming and sports betting may be new to you, the global professionals at GLI have been helping regulators, lawmakers, suppliers, and operators successfully traverse this exciting part of the global gaming industry for more than 30 years. In fact, GLI is the only lab working with all jurisdictions, existing and emerging, and the company’s experts are here to help. So relax; together we can do this.
Regulators can begin their journey into online gaming with a consultation. In this initial phase, we will work with you to better understand your goals for your unique jurisdiction, and together form a greater sense of where you want to go, and what types of online gaming you want to explore. There are many to consider, including iGaming (casino, poker, slots, etc.), sports betting (event wagering, fantasy sports, esports, etc.), iLottery, skill-based games, and live dealer gaming.
Every jurisdiction is different, and regulators will want to consider what type or types of gaming will be most appealing to their players and can be best incorporated into existing regulation or into new regulation.
Regardless of the path regulators choose, the standards GLI-19 and GLI-33 provide solid footings on which to build new regulations. Like other standards in the GLI Standards Series, jurisdictions around the world have adopted GLI-19 and GLI-33, and they provide a wealth of information on best practices to implement and pitfalls to avoid. In this same vein, suppliers worldwide have built their platforms to GLI-19 and GLI-33, streamlining the adoption of their technologies in existing and emerging jurisdictions.
Because of their online nature, iGaming and sports betting come with inherent technological challenges, and GLI’s professional services team is here to help regulators and operators successfully tackle the challenges, from geolocation to change management, from continuous compliance to the constantly shifting world of cybersecurity. These are concerns that every regulator, supplier, and operator must be actively addressing, and GLI can help ease your concerns.
The world has shifted. Everyone in the gaming industry is rooting for land-based gaming to fully return and be even more successful than before. At the same time, it is necessary for regulators to consider online gaming options, not just as a contingency plan, but also because today’s players enjoy having a choice of going to their favorite land-based casino, enjoying the game online, or a hybrid of both experiences.
Regardless of the reason to explore online gaming, GLI is here to help by providing the knowledge, assurance, relationships, and connections to take you from where you are now to wherever you want to go.