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Compliance Updates

IGSA releases low cost Compliance Verification Tool (CVT) with increased testing capabilities for its powerful G2S® standard

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The IGSA has released a significant update to its Compliance Verification Tool (CVT). This CVT tool allows the ability to test for the majority of Game-to-System G2S® classes deployed throughout the global marketplace. The tool provides implementers a means to quickly verify their gaming products to meet the IGSA standard for G2S implementation.

IGSA has created two new cost-effective licenses to the CVT. The CVT BASIC license, in addition to a basic G2S reference implementation, now also includes test scripts for 14 classes – the initial six core classes: communications, eventHandler, meters, cabinet, gamePlay, and handpay as well as new additional classes: bonus, commandHandler, download, GAT, noteAcceptor, optionConfig, progressive, and WAT. The CVT SUITE license includes the CVT BASIC as well as the G2S Scope (RGS) and Protocol Analyzer (RPA) tools. Both licenses are available from Radical Blue Gaming (RadBlue.com/product/cvt).

This CVT tool will be used by IGSA as the “gold standard” for testing and certification of G2S implementations. See IGSA.org home page for details on G2S implementation support.

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“The G2S communications protocol is a critical standard for our industry as it supports functionality that allows operators to perform manual electronic gaming machine tasks in an automated hands-free way. It also allows regulators to verify electronic gaming machine software remotely. Creating these new license options, including a basic reference implementation, should help in the wider global adoption of this important standard. Considering the challenging environment that the gaming industry finds itself in today, we think this automation will benefit the industry greatly,” said Peter DeRaedt, President of IGSA.

IGSA released the first version of CVT in 2015. Since then, the CVT has helped regulators, operators, and suppliers worldwide to ensure interoperability. It also has served to provide a new and cost-effective way for vendors to quickly get their products to market.

Earlier this year, GSA announced the organization’s name change to International Gaming Standards Association (IGSA) to better reflect the organization’s membership, reach, and scope. There is an IGSA level of membership to fit every budget. For more information, visit IGSA at IGSA.org. For educational information on standards and technologies, visit our YouTube channel and choose subscribe for updates.

IGSA Platinum members include: Aristocrat Technologies Inc.; International Game Technology (IGT); Microgaming Software Systems, LTD.; NOVOMATIC AG; Playtech, (PTEC.L) & Scientific Games International (SGMS).

 

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SOURCE: International Gaming Standards Association (IGSA)

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NJ Governor Murphy Establishes Task Force to Support Responsible Gaming

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New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has signed Executive Order No. 360, establishing a Responsible Gaming Task Force responsible for providing advice and recommendations to the Governor’s Office and to the Attorney General regarding reforms to support responsible gaming and to address problem gambling in New Jersey.

A rise in problem gambling has been observed over the past few years, according to a 2023 report from the Rutgers University Center for Gambling Studies. The Rutgers study estimated that 6% of New Jersey residents are at high risk for problem gambling, which is significantly higher than the national average of 1-2%, with the highest rates affecting Black/African American or Hispanic residents.

“New Jersey is known to be a gaming destination with historic locations like Atlantic City, amusement gaming at the Jersey Shore, notable horse racing venues, and more. This Task Force will see to it that we maintain our global leadership in gaming by ensuring that we have the tools needed to address problem gaming for our residents,” said Governor Murphy.

“I applaud Governor Murphy for his leadership in elevating responsible gaming initiatives through the establishment of a statewide task force. New Jersey has been a national leader in casino and sports wagering for many years, and we owe it to our residents to review and expand our existing efforts on problem gambling. This task force demonstrates that ‘responsible gaming’ is not merely a buzzword in New Jersey, but a critical issue that demands the attention of government entities, industry, and stakeholders. As Chair of the task force, I’m eager to get underway in examining ways to help bring attention to and support the prevention and treatment of gambling disorder,” said Attorney General Platkin.

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The responsibilities of the Responsible Gaming Task Force will be to review several areas of the problem gambling landscape, including the effects on underage and vulnerable communities; develop strategies to achieve responsible gaming; and make recommendations for policy changes to address the issue of problem gambling.

Members of the Task Force will consist of seven government representatives or their designees, including:

The Attorney General, who shall serve as Chair;

The Chair of the New Jersey Casino Control Commission;

The Director of the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs;

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The Director of the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement;

The Director of the Division of State Lottery;

The Executive Director of the New Jersey Racing Commission; and

The Commissioner of the Department of Human Services.

The Task Force may consult with experts, representatives of regulated entities, or other knowledgeable individuals in the public or private sector with respect to any aspect of its mission.

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Compliance Updates

Flows Now Registered in New Jersey

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Technology solutions provider Flows is now officially registered as an active vendor in New Jersey.

James King, CEO of Flows, said: “Receiving approval as a vendor in New Jersey is a next natural step for us at Flows as we accelerate our North American expansion. It highlights the dedication and effort of our entire team and aligns with our mission to deliver cutting-edge innovation platform to the US market. A big thanks to our fantastic client Light & Wonder who supported our registration as well as a big shout out to North America’s finest legal outfit Saiber LLC (Jeremy and his team) for their expert guidance throughout this process.”

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Aruze Gaming Announces Rapid Expansion Throughout North America and Asia

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Aruze Gaming Global (AG2) has announced rapid expansion throughout North America and Asia. AG2 has now met the rigorous requirements and has been granted approvals from the following jurisdictions, across North America and Asia. These new gaming licenses dramatically expand AG2’s addressable markets in more than 160 new jurisdictions, including recent approvals in Macau (SAR) China (DICJ), Philippines (PAGCOR), Pennsylvania, Virginia, Saskatchewan, Nova Scotia, and dozens more that are in process. Additionally, AG2 is establishing offices and distributorships in the Netherlands, Malaysia, Philippines, Cambodia, and Vietnam to further extend its international reach. AG2 has now been granted licenses for over 160 gaming jurisdictions world-wide, up from just 76 licenses in August of 2023.

This accomplishment marks a substantial expansion for AG2, solidifying its commitment to providing cutting-edge gaming solutions with the highest standards of regulatory compliance. The recent approvals underscore the company’s dedication to fostering strong relationships with its partners across the globe while ensuring responsible and transparent gaming practices.

Kelcey Allison, Global Chief Operating Officer, said: “The timing could not be better for the new gaming licenses. Coupled with the recent release of several new titles that are performing at 2 to 3 times house average – thus giving us some amazing new content for our existing and newly accessible markets.”

Betty Zhao, SVP of International Operations, said: “Our explosive growth and high-performing new content is fueling a lot of excitement with our new customers.”

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