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IGT’s Responsible Gaming Leadership is Reaffirmed by Independent Assessors

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World Lottery Association Recertifies IGT for its Lottery and Digital Operations
Company Successfully Passes G4 Gaming Operations Intermediate Audit

 

International Game Technology PLC (“IGT”) (NYSE: IGT) announced that it has been recertified by the World Lottery Association (WLA) for its Corporate Social Responsibility Standards and Certification Framework. In addition, IGT successfully achieved an intermediate assessment by the Global Gaming Guidance Group (G4) for its Responsible Gaming accreditation. IGT was the first gaming supplier in the industry to receive both the WLA and G4 certifications, in 2015 and 2017, respectively.

WLA and G4 aim to minimize the impact of problem gambling by promoting a worldwide accreditation program for gaming industry operators and suppliers. Both certifications reinforce IGT’s commitment to be a responsible vendor and demonstrate the effectiveness of the responsible gaming technology it provides to gaming operators worldwide.

“IGT provides innovative technology, solutions, and services, and it’s our responsibility to create solutions that help our customers protect their players,” said Robert K. Vincent, IGT Executive Vice President, Administrative Services and External Relations. “IGT prides itself as an industry pioneer, and these re-assessments help demonstrate our leadership.”

Following IGT’s latest assessment, WLA Senior Corporate Social Responsibility Manager Mélissa Azam said, “Responsible gaming is clearly embedded into IGT’s goals, governance, and management process, and is a key component of its corporate culture. The WLA fully supports the recertification and congratulates IGT on its contribution to responsible gaming.”

A WLA-approved assessor, EY, conducted an informed, complete, and impartial assessment of IGT’s lottery and digital operations to determine its WLA recertification. EY provided an independent auditor’s report on the alignment with the eight sections of the WLA standards, including research, employee programs, product and service development, remote gaming environment, advertising and marketing communications, client awareness, stakeholder engagement, and reporting.

To maintain G4 certification, IGT was independently assessed to confirm that the company goes above the industry standards of providing player protection tools and responsible gaming information on gaming machines. G4 also requires vendors to make a commitment to research, dedicated policies, and employee training.

“G4 is proud to announce that after last year’s initial G4 accreditation, IGT has also passed the intermediate audit of 2018, which can only be achieved by showing a strong commitment to continuous improvement,” said Pieter Remmers, a member of the G4 Board of Directors. “It is a true testimony to the dedication of IGT and its employees at every level to working collaboratively on corporate sustainability and responsible gaming.”

IGT continues to reinforce its commitment to responsible gaming in its lottery, digital, and gaming operations by adhering to eight globally adopted Responsible Gaming Guidelines; working collaboratively with its Responsible Gaming Working Group; launching tailored employee e-learning courses on responsible gaming and problem gambling; and continually updating and following its global advertising and marketing communications Code of Principles.

 

About IGT:
IGT (NYSE:IGT) is the global leader in gaming. We enable players to experience their favorite games across all channels and regulated segments, from Gaming Machines and Lotteries to Digital and Social Gaming. Leveraging a wealth of premium content, substantial investment in innovation, in-depth customer intelligence, operational expertise and leading-edge technology, our gaming solutions anticipate the demands of consumers wherever they decide to play. We have a well-established local presence and relationships with governments and regulators in more than 100 countries around the world, and create value by adhering to the highest standards of service, integrity, and responsibility. IGT has over 12,000 employees. For more information, please visit www.igt.com.

 

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CT Gaming Interactive Partners with Meridianbet

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Online gaming content and solutions provider CT Gaming Interactive has entered into a deal for launching games with Meridianbet. The deal will see the online casinos under the brand host the CT Gaming Interactive’s games, which include special jackpots.

“I am very pleased and proud that Meridian has selected us as its partner. We are confident that our market-leading portfolio of games will support its strategy to deliver the ultimate player experience to its customers,” Lachezar Petrov, general manager at CT Gaming Interactive, said.

“We continue to expand our customer base and the games launches with Meridian’s well-known sites enable distribution to a new group of players,” Petrov added.

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Major European Gambling Brands Cut Advertising on IPR-infringing Sites

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A new report by the European Commission has found that an industry-led memorandum of understanding (MoU) on online advertising and intellectual property rights has led to a significant reduction in the unintentional placement of advertising from Europe’s major gambling brands on websites which infringe upon intellectual property rights.

The MoU, published in 2018, was established to limit advertising on websites, such as illegal sports streaming sites, and mobile applications that infringe copyright or disseminate counterfeit goods.

As part of its review of the effectiveness of the MoU, the Commission has presented a new report today which found that the MoU has created more awareness among brands that their advertising may end up on IPR-infringing websites. According to the report, the share of total advertising for European businesses on IPR-infringing websites was reduced by 12% since the introduction of the MoU, while gambling advertising from Europe’s major brands (including all EGBA members) decreased by 20%, from 62% to 50% during the reporting period.

The European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) welcomes the report’s conclusions and is pleased with the significant progress made by EGBA members and other major brands in reducing the unintentional placement of their advertising on IPR-infringing advertising channels.

“EGBA welcomes the progress made by EGBA members and other major gambling brands in significantly reducing the unintentional placement of their advertising on IPR-infringing websites and is pleased that major online gambling companies are playing a central role in EU efforts to crack down on IPR infringement. Most reputable companies do not intend to advertise on IPR-infringing websites, but it happens and is difficult to control, and EGBA acknowledges that remedial action is needed to prevent it. That is why we have been actively engaging with the European Commission and other stakeholders to take action and are pleased those efforts are beginning to bear fruit,” Maarten Haijer, Secretary-General of EGBA, said.

“EGBA is committed to promoting responsibility and driving standards in Europe’s online gambling sector and we encourage other companies to join us – and be part of the solution, not the problem – by adhering to responsibility initiatives such as the MoU. This initiative proves that greater cooperation at EU-level can benefit the sector and how it is able to respond to the challenges it faces, including on advertising,” Maarten Haijer added.

 

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Applicants for Dutch Online Gambling License Required to Show Nearly 3 Years of Good Behaviour

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Any online gambling operator applying for a license in the Netherlands must show almost three years’ worth of good behaviour before their applications will be considered by the local regulators.

Rene Jansen, the chairperson of the Kansspelautoriteit, made this known during a keynote address at a conference in Amsterdam.

Rene Jansen said that the country’s count down to the Remote Gambling Act has begun, and it is expected to take effect on March 1, next year. After this date, all licensees will, in every likelihood, start submitting applications. The regulated market will be rolled out almost six months after that.

Jansen noted that the regulator had transferred operational control of the Central Exclusion Register to the Netcompany, its managing partner. The country’s associated Data Safe, the one that each operator must connect to so that the regulator can also check their vigilance on customer activity, will notify the EC.

This coming October, the regulator will also bring in new responsible gambling measures. In November, it will issue concrete details regarding the license application process.

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