Impressive milestone for adesso’s lottery segment: after passing the recent WLA security audit, the IT service provider is now certified in accordance with the highly respected Security Control Standard 2020 (WLA-SCS:2020) of the World Lottery Association (WLA). adesso is one of the first software manufacturers to meet this essential security standard for the industry and to offer this certification to its customers.
adesso has been supporting lottery companies around the world for over two decades and is very familiar with the challenges digitalization poses for the gaming market. The WLA-SCS:2020 (Level 2) standard of the World Lottery Association is the seal of quality for outstanding information, security and integrity measures in the industry. Level 2 is the highest level of certification and comprises a demanding set of criteria that must be fulfilled not only by lottery and sports betting operators in their international business, but also by their technology service providers and suppliers if they want to remain competitive.
During the certification audit, adesso’s processes as an IT service provider to the industry underwent a comprehensive, smooth assessment and met the requirements for WLA-SCS:2020, Level 2, without any reservations.
The WLA standard is a key benchmark of security, risk management and integrity for the sector. It describes a security management process that is aligned both with international standards and with a common security baseline that represents good practice for lottery and sports betting operators. The standard comprises a large number of controls and requirements for lottery and sports betting operators and their suppliers.
Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Striemer, Senior Vice President Lottery at adesso, views the certification as a way of building trust: “Trust is a vital currency in an industry where lotteries and sports betting operators handle vast sums of the public’s money. Excellence in processes and solutions is the foundation for building trusting relationships with industry stakeholders, national supervisory authorities, and especially players. As a long-standing partner to the sector, adesso is naturally one of the first movers and delighted to receive this certification.”
In the past two decades, adesso has successfully implemented numerous projects at German and international companies in the gaming industry, giving it both a deep knowledge of the sector and a unique position on the market. The IT service provider offers lottery companies organization development along the entire value chain, from strategy consulting and the development of suitable business models in project and process management, through to the roll-out of proven IT solutions. Only last year, adesso caught the industry’s attention with compelling innovations such as LotteryForce, the modular iGaming platform of the future, and adessoDraws, a revolutionary blockchain-based electronic drawing system for digital lotteries.
adesso is a member of the World Lottery Association (WLA), which represents the interests of some 140 state lottery companies worldwide and organizes the World Lottery Summit, as well as of the European Lotteries (EL) and the Asian-Pacific Lottery Association (APLA).
Spillemyndigheden Introduces “Player ID” for Retail Betting
The Danish gaming regulator, Spillemyndigheden, has announced that from 1 October it will be compulsory for players to provide a “Player ID” when placing bets at a physical retailer, such as kiosks or betting shops. The ID must be used when the player places bets in physical shops.
There are no requirements for how individual gambling operators design their Player ID. This means that the gambling operators themselves decide whether their Player ID is a virtual ID, e.g. in an app, or whether they issue a physical card.
In order for a player to receive a Player ID, it must be linked to a gambling account with the gambling operator, where the winnings are paid out. Among other things, the Player ID allows the player to set a deposit limit. At the same time, the ID ensures that the player does not lose their winnings, for example if a betting slip is lost.
The Player ID means that a player who has excluded themselves from gambling with ROFUS after 1 October 2023, is also blocked from gambling in physical stores.
Norway Regulator Monitors Banks Over Illegal Gambling Transactions
The Norwegian Lottery Authority (Lotteritilsynet) will monitor nine banks in the country to ensure compliance with a ban on processing transactions with unlicensed operators.
National laws state banks in Norway cannot allow deposits into and withdrawals from sites without a licence. This is in accordance with Section 5 of the Norway Gambling Act.
Lotteritilsynet did not say whether the banks in question breached this ban, nor did it reveal their identities. However, the regulator did confirm it will put in place “supervision of compliance” for each of the nine banks.
The regulatory body has the power to order banks to block transactions to and from specific accounts and companies.
In the briefing sent to each bank, Lotteritilsynet has requested information on the measures in place to stop transactions with unlicensed sites. The banks must also present any internal processes for compliance with the ban.
Lotteritilsynet lawyer Rannveig Gram Skår said: “For a long time, we’ve focused on dialogue with Norwegian banks and financial institutions. For the first time, we have chosen to open a more thorough inspection of compliance.
“We know that the payment intermediary ban is an important tool to protect the Norwegian sole proprietorship model. The purpose of the model is to prevent gambling problems and other negative consequences of gambling.”
The banks have three weeks to respond to the initial requests from Lotteritilsynet.
“We largely expect to see that the banks have effectively complied with our decisions,” Gram Skår said.
OpenBet Renews Regulatory Partnership with Vixio Regulatory Intelligence
OpenBet Selects Vixio Regulatory Intelligence as Regulatory Compliance Partner
Vixio Regulatory Intelligence, the leading provider of regulatory and business intelligence to the global gambling and payments industries, announced today that OpenBet, a leading content, platform and service provider to the sports betting industry, has chosen to continue its partnership with Vixio Regulatory Intelligence.
OpenBet made the decision to renew its partnership with Vixio Regulatory Intelligence in order to ensure regulatory compliance and to engage with regulators as collaborative partners while embarking on a new chapter of ambitious growth in both North American and international markets.
OpenBet’s compliance and business development executives will continue using Vixio Regulatory Intelligence’s industry-leading platform to conduct research on new opportunities in established and emerging global markets, instantly compare policy and regulatory requirements in United States states and international jurisdictions as well as support the company’s policy engagement and advocacy efforts.
Vixio Regulatory Intelligence provides OpenBet with essential market intelligence on the past, present and future state of regulation.
- Past – Due Diligence. Vixio Regulatory Intelligence’s archive of intelligence reports and regulatory alerts on global gambling markets accumulated over more than 16 years enables OpenBet to assess regulatory risk and understand the priorities of regulatory authorities in jurisdictions across the globe. Access to variable market data also allows business development executives to validate market-sizing assumptions and prioritise commercial opportunities.
- Present – Jurisdictional Reports. Curated by in-house legal analysts, country and state-specific regulatory reports enable compliance executives to take a deep dive into how different forms of gambling are regulated in more than 180 jurisdictions worldwide. These allow OpenBet to comprehend the regulatory structures of sports betting markets across the globe. Additionally, the unique Report Builder tool enables for immediate comparison of specific regulatory requirements across any combination of markets.
- Future – Daily Insights and Intelligence. Daily analysis conducted by Vixio Regulatory Intelligence of the latest regulatory trends and legislative developments allows OpenBet to prepare for future policy changes or the opening of new markets including by assessing how global regulators are responding to industry challenges.
Vixio Regulatory Intelligence offers us a solution that we use daily across our organisation,” the Regulatory Affairs and Compliance Vice-President for OpenBet, Jessica Feil, said. “It gives us the ability to open up a dialogue with the regulators with supporting data to ensure that we act as good partners without compromising our growth ambitions or commercial success.”
“We are delighted that OpenBet’s has selected us again as its preferred regulatory compliance partner and that we can continue to support its ongoing growth as regulated sports betting continues to expand outside Europe and into North and Latin America and beyond,” the Chief Executive Officer for Vixio Regulatory Intelligence, Mike Woolfrey, said.
Acquired by Endeavor in 2022, OpenBet has licenses in 44 jurisdictions globally. The company’s commitment to compliance requires it to respond quickly to upcoming regulatory changes, verify the suitability of its global clients and implement global best practices around responsible gaming, sports integrity and data security.
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