Online gambling: Gibraltar industry body becomes the first national member of the European online Gaming and Betting Association
Brussels 5 September 2013: The Gibraltar Betting and Gaming Association (GBGA) today announced agreement of an affiliate partnership with the EU’s online gaming body the European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA). It is hoped the move will assist EU policy makers to learn more about online gaming in Gibraltar and allow the Gibraltar based remote gambling industry to input on important industry matters at international level.
GBGA Chief Executive Peter Howitt said “I’m delighted to announce our partnership with the EGBA. It represents an important milestone for our organisation and the Gibraltar operators that we represent. Partnership with the EGBA will allow us to work in tandem with the EGBA to better represent Gibraltar gaming operators in the EU on key issues relating to consumer protection, anti-money laundering and effective regulation within the context of an increasingly competitive environment.” He added “As well as learning more about how EU policy makers carry out their work, we hope that policy makers will gain a better understanding of online gaming, how the Gibraltar industry works, and why Gibraltar is one of the world leaders in the online gaming industry.”
EGBA Secretary General Maarten Haijer commented “We are very pleased to be working with the GBGA. Not only does the GBGA represent a significant portion of the EU’s online gaming offering, but both organisations share the vision of a strictly regulated, cross border industry with high standards and consumer protection as priorities. We are therefore thrilled to welcome the GBGA to the fold.”
For more information, please contact: Peter Howitt, Chief Executive, GBGA firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: +350 200 68450 or Maarten Haijer, Secretary general, EGBA email@example.com Tel: +32/ 2 / 554.08.90
About the GBGA:
The Gibraltar Betting and Gaming Association (GBGA) is an association composed of 23 Gibraltar based online gaming operators. All GBGA members are strictly regulated by the Gibraltar Gambling Commissioner. GBGA members are: BetClic, Betfair, Betfred, Bet 365, bwin.party, Digibet, 888 Holdings, Gala Coral, Gamesys, IGT, Ladbrokes, Mansion, Ongame (Amaya Group), Probability, ProSpreads, SHFL Entertainment, Spielo, St Endellion, Stan James, 32 Red, Tombola, Victor Chandler, William Hill.
The GBGA provides the Gibraltar gaming industry with a single voice on all the issues of importance to it and interacts with regulators, legislators, and key decision makers around the world. Appointing Peter Howitt as its new CEO in 2013, the GBGA has recently taken a number of major steps to ensure that it can represent operators in the world’s leading centre of excellence in online betting and gaming.
About the EGBA:
The EGBA is an association of leading European gaming and betting operators Bet-at-home.com, BetClic, bwinparty, Digibet, Expekt,and Unibet. EGBA is a Brussels-based non-profit association. It promotes the right of private gaming and betting operators that are regulated and licensed in one Member State to a fair market access throughout the European Union. Online gaming and betting is a fast growing market, but will remain for the next decades a limited part of the overall European gaming market in which the traditional land based offer is expected to grow from € 71.9 Billion GGR in 2010 to € 79 Billion GGR in 2015, thus keeping the lion’s share with 86% of the market. Source: H2 Gambling Capital, September 2011.For further information or comment please contact: Maarten Haijer +32 2 554 08 90
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