Online Software Testing
Facilities Approved by UK Commission
by Devon Chappell, News Staff Writer
July 12, 2008
The UK Gambling Commission has whitelisted
three more software testing facilities for ensuring betting operators are in
compliance with licensing requirements imposed by the Commission itself. The
three facilities are the well known Gaming Associates and Gaming Laboratories
International LLC and Gaming Laboratories Austria GmBH, also known as GLI.
The news was revealed early this week when
the Commission published an updated list of approved testing houses, including
information on the requirements for an approval. Other approved testing
facilities include iTech Labs, BMM Test Labs of S. Africa (provisional
approval), Cast Ltd., N Mi Certin BV, Vizuri Limited, Slovenian Institute of
Quality and Metrology (provisional approval) and the well known Technical
Systems Testing (TST).
As the United Kingdom leads the way
entering a new dawn in "global" online gambling regulation, the UK Gambling
Commission considers an online casino software testing house whitelist an
unprecedented and major achievement. There certainly has not been such a list
elsewhere in the world to date.
Coupled with the Commission's
jurisdictional licensing whitelist, which lists approved regulators in the
European Economic Union, such as Gibraltar, Alderney and Isle of Man, you a
looking at the start of a regulatory framework that could very well usher
international regulatory standards into the online gambling industry.
For the everyday online gambler, testing
facilities are the gateway to ensure fair odds are being offered at an online
casino. Technical Systems Testing (TST) for example, publishes certification
forms for online casinos, such as
Rushmore Casino, that have met fairness requirements and are in technical
compliance. Essentially, this amounts to running millions of hands and
statistically plotting payouts and winning hands to ensure no bet result is
predictable. In other words, all bets must be fair and random. It is the Random
Number Generator (RNG) of the software platform that is responsible for
delivering these results.