News Changes proposed for assessing compliance with the Remote Gambling and Software Technical Standards

Your chance to comment on the Gambling Commission’s consultation

“The Gambling Commission has issued a consultation regarding proposed changes to the Testing strategy for compliance with remote gambling and software technical standards. The Commission has stated that due to the complexity of the online gambling market the Testing Strategy standards are to be amended to ensure clarity.

The consultation seeks views on the introduction of the following measures: 

  • a simplified approach to defining major and minor updates to games and software so that licensed operators, test houses and consumers  understand which products require external testing prior to release;
  • greater scope for minor updates, which do not affect game fairness, to be tested in-house;
  • a more streamlined approach to testing of multiple updates in the event that, for example, games are affected by a change to the remote gambling system (RGS) or random number generator (RNG);
  • further guidance in relation to the roll-out of existing games onto new channels, eg where a game originally released as a flash game is redeveloped as HTML 5 or as a native mobile app;
  • effective return to player (RTP) monitoring to ensure variations in payments to consumers can quickly be identified and resolved; and  
  • an independent annual audit requirement to provide assurance that operators are correctly identifying and managing game updates.  

The Gambling Commission has invited responses from gambling operators, test houses and parties with an interest in the testing of remote gambling products. 

Responses must be submitted by the 11th February 2016 and the Commission’s response form and further information can be found on its website”. 

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