GSA new board seeks iGaming improvements

GSA new board seeks iGaming improvements

Tuesday, March 22, 2016 Totally Gaming
Peter DeRaedt said the trade association is set to unveil a number of new documents for its members

Peter DeRaedt, president of the Gaming Standards Association (GSA), has told TotallyGaming.com that the organisation’s new board will seek to disseminate European iGaming knowledge to its members across the world.

The GSA is an international trade association that seeks to “facilitate the identification, definition, development, promotion and implementation of standards to enable interoperability, innovation, education and communication for the benefit of the entire industry”.

The organisation’s board will again be chaired by Adrian Marcu of IGT, with Scientific Games’ Mark Pace as vice-chair and Keith Wood of Aristocrat as treasurer. Byron Bridger of Atlantic Lottery Corporation joins the board as secretary, with the other new members including Roman Czubak of Austrian Gaming Industries, Syed Hussain of Oregon State Lottery, Mike Langedock of Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries and Jeanne Marie Wilkins of Isle of Capri Casinos.

The coming months will see a series of new developments at GSA, including the release of its first set of online gaming standards.

“We are pleased with the diversity of our new board and of how it reflects the variety of our growing global membership, from Las Vegas to Macau, from London to Buenos Aires and all points in between,” DeRaedt told TotallyGaming.com.

“This is especially important at this time as GSA is becoming even more active in Europe to support our members across the continent.

“As we grow that support, we are also able to capitalise on the extensive knowledge of interactive gaming in Europe, and bring that deep level of understanding to our global membership. This is one of the distinct advantages of GSA – our global presence and the natural interconnectedness of our membership and standards.”

The GSA, whose list of more than 50 members include Aristocrat, Konami and Playtech, is also set to release updated versions of its core standards and the Certification Database Interface Standard (CDIS) as it seeks to improve cooperation throughout the sector.

“The CDIS is designed to provide an easy and straightforward method to exchange information associated with the regulatory submission and approval of gaming equipment and software," DeRaedt said. "This method is based on HTTP and JSON, two common data interchange standards.

“The challenges faced by the new GSA board are those faced by the larger gaming industry – advances in technology. Technology changes rapidly, as do its effects on the gaming industry, product development, R&D processes, regulatory concerns, etc.

“Our new board’s mission is to help the industry face these technological challenges head-on by creating standards that facilitate the R&D and regulatory process, speeding time to market and helping embrace new technologies so that the gaming industry remains competitive with other entertainment industries.”

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