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European Gaming & Betting Association Review



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European gaming & betting association is a regulatory body established in 2017 to replace the European betting association of 2003. It was founded by seven leading gaming operators in Europe including:

  • Bet-at-home;
  • Interwetten Gaming Limited;
  • Party Gaming;
  • Digibet;
  • Bwin;
  • Carmen Media Group;
  • Expekt Sportwetten.

It’s a non-profit organization whose finances come from membership fees and donations made by gaming operators.

Features of EGBA

One of the most outstanding qualities of EGBA is the set of rules gambling operators must comply with before joining the association. These requirements include:

  • Committing to responsible gaming
  • A casino must allow being audited from a third party
  • The casino has to offer 24/7 customer care services
  • A casino has to allow players to set their limits

Another distinguishing feature about this association is their ability to curb gambling operators from money laundering. For you to be a member of the association, you must promote social responsibility as the association is responsible too.

Duties of the European Gaming & Betting Association

First, EGBA’s main plan is to create uniform online gaming industries so that all gaming operators in Europe can offer their services across the continent. This objective is in line with European Union philosophy and therefore are taking with European countries that banning online gambling. The association also takes legal recourse against countries illegalizing online gambling or those countries monopolizing gambling in Europe.


According to the popularity of online casino in Europe, the second duty of EGBA is to facilitate fair, responsible, and secure gambling among game operators and people who use those gambling platforms. It, therefore, has come up with a code of conduct, all its members have to follow.

Similar Gambling Organizations in Europe

European Casino Association

ECA is an organization representing individual and national association operators of land-based casinos in Europe. The association represents more than 900 casinos and approximately 70,000 employees across Europe. ECA was founded in the early 90s and has since represented EU member states and non- EU countries.

The main objective of ECA is to focus on and promote issues of casinos, including casino operations. It, therefore, provides a focal point from which casino operators, stakeholders, and national policymakers can address casino matters—ideally, the association work as a source of information on anything relating to casino operations.

Also, the association aims to contribute to EU decisions on matters regarding the casino.


United Kingdom Gambling Commission is the largest organization licensing gambling operators in the UK. For any casino to operate, whether online or offline, they have to acquire a license from UKGC. The commission, however, assign licenses only after thoroughly conducting an audit to ensure the gambling company adheres to the safety of players.


One of the main things UKGC looks at is the finances of a company and whether it has a separate players’ account holding player fund. This is important as it means even when a company goes bankrupt, it can still pay players who’ve won. Also, the commission has to look at the RTP rate. Return to player is the amount that goes back to players (not necessarily the person who deposits the bet money). So if a company states their RTP is 95%, it means the company keeps 5% of the amount a player deposit while the rest is paid to bet winners.

UKGC generally perform a thorough audit, including criminal record and ownership structure of the gambling business, to ensure British players are protected from incompetent companies.


Gaming regulator European forum is an organization with over 30 years in providing its services. The organization is a base on which members share and gather knowledge and experiences in regards to gambling. Ideally, GREF aims to provide useful materials, references, and be the source of comments in matters related to gambling. Members given access to the platform include;

  • Those who license gambling operators
  • Supervisors of the gambling sector
  • And legislators of gambling-related information in the EU, internal sovereignty, and states.    
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Travis Sztainert Joins ICRG as Director of Research and Education





The International Center for Responsible Gaming (ICRG) has welcomed Dr. Travis Sztainert as its new director of research and education. Dr. Sztainert, a distinguished researcher and knowledge translation professional, brings a wealth of experience and expertise in responsible gambling research to the ICRG. With a proven track record in effectively bridging the gap between knowledge, policy, and practice, he will help further the impactful work of the ICRG.

“We are delighted to welcome Dr. Travis Sztainert to the ICRG team. His extensive background in responsible gambling research and his commitment to transforming data into actionable knowledge align perfectly with our organization’s mission. We look forward to leveraging Travis’s insights to advance our efforts in promoting responsible gambling practices,” Arthur Paikowsky, President at ICRG, said.

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iGB L!VE announce LaunchPad, a new feature for start-ups with ‘innovation in their DNA’



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Industry professionals attending July’s edition of iGB L!VE will have access to a vibrant new feature which will showcase ground-breaking tech and innovation courtesy of the brightest start-ups and small businesses in gaming.

The iGB L!VE LaunchPad (Pulse Stage: 18 July 16.30hrs – 18.00hrs) will feature five companies to present their innovations to a panel of judges with each presentation followed by a probing Q&A session designed to interrogate the viability and commercial prowess of each product pitch.

Introducing the new feature Portfolio Director Naomi Barton, said: “iGB L!VE is constantly evolving in order to meet the business needs of stakeholders. The research programme that we undertake with customers has consistently highlighted a shared desire to always be ahead of the curve, being the first to access the very latest innovations from the start-up community is part of what iGB L!VE 2024 will deliver.


“In addition, we want to provide a platform for new talented businesses to grow by giving them extra exposure in front of an influential C-Level audience of industry investors and influencers.

“The top five products will be hand-selected by the iGB L!VE team and invited to present from the Pulse Stage. In order to help these businesses, we are providing cash prizes of £5,000 for the winner, £2,500 for second place and £1,000 for third.”

She continued: “We will be giving the feature an authentic iGB L!VE twist with the emphasis on competitive fun. To ensure this, I am delighted to confirm that 25+ year industry veteran and non-exec Clarion Gaming Chairman Michael Caselli has agreed to be our MC and will also head a panel of judges drawn from across the iGB L!VE community of industry professionals, investors and sponsors.

“Start-ups and small businesses which have innovation in their DNA can sign up for iGB LaunchPad at igblive by the 28 June deadline.”

iGB L!VE is the home of the igaming community and the only event that connects the leading igaming affiliates, operators, tech vendors, game providers and suppliers in order to maximise performance and drive tangible business growth in the following 12-18 months. iGB L!VE, which is the fastest growing igaming event, delivers unparalleled business opportunities with attendees having free access to in excess of 300 exhibitors and sponsors occupying 21,000+ square metres of gross space, a figure which is 35% higher than in 2023.


For more information on iGB L!VE (16-19 July 2024: Expo Days 17-18 July) and to register for free visit: igblive website


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Ortak x B.F.T.H. Arena Awards 2024 Features Mr. First Ray by Endorphina



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The Ortak x B.F.T.H. Arena Awards 2024 welcomes Endorphina among other top game developers with its Mr. First Ray, a mystical slot game that captures the essence of dawn.

This year’s competition has seen an unprecedented increase in participation, receiving over 100 submissions from more than 70 developers involved in the innovative Ortak initiative. This platform not only promotes collaboration and innovation but also integrates gaming stakes with NFTs on the Bahamut blockchain, thereby broadening investment prospects in the iGaming sector.

Mr. First Ray transports players into a world where each spin can lead to magical wins and enchanting surprises, making it a standout in this year’s entries. As the event approaches, excitement mounts among industry professionals keen to explore this showcase of creativity and excellence in game development, scheduled from July 1 to 4.


Hosted by BetConstruct, the B.F.T.H. Arena Awards provides a prestigious platform for developers to exhibit their creativity and compete for a share of the substantial 3,333,000 FTN prize pool. This year, the event has broadened its scope, introducing new award categories to further celebrate innovation in gaming.

The culmination of the event will see the winners announced at the B.F.T.H. Arena x Harmony Meetup V, ensuring an exhilarating experience for all attendees.

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