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Interwetten compliant with CEN Measures
Interwetten – the first gambling companycompliant with CEN measures!
Interwetten.comhas continued to raise the benchmark in player protection and responsible gaming.The online sports betting and gaming provider, founded in 1990 in Vienna, hasnow become the first company in its branch to operate in accordance with the CENWorkshop Agreement (CWA) guidelines. This has been certified today by eCOGRA(e-Commerce and Online Gaming Regulation and Assurance).
Gzira, 20.12.2011; The CEN Workshop Agreement was published in February2011 by the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) and integrated by the EGBA(European Gaming & Betting Association) into their standards in March. TheCEN is one of three standardization organisations recognised by the EU. Theobjective of the CWA is to guarantee effective player protection within the EU.The agreement contains a series of measures on the topic of player protectionin the branch of online gaming. In total it comprises more than 134 practicalmeasures concerning player protection, which are summarised into nine ultimategoals. Among the most important points are the protection of vulnerableplayers, the exclusion of minors from games of chance, the strict adherence todata protection obligations, the guarantee of secure payment methods and theuse of responsible marketing measures. Within the scope of the EGBA’s annualcompliance audit, performed by eCOGRA aninternationally accredited testing agency, Interwetten.com has been certified as the first company in thebranch to have fulfilled all of the CEN measures.
Interwetten Managing Director Dr. Birgit Bosch: “Asone of the most well established providers in Europe and founding member of theEGBA, Interwetten has always beenactively involved in and committed to responsible gaming. The effectiveprotection of our customers is one of our most important objectives. We aretherefore very proud that we have been certified as the first company in thegaming branch to have fulfilled the criteria of the CWA. We see this asconfirmation of our efforts to guarantee the maximum security standards for ourcustomers, and we will continue to strive to make further progress in thisrespect in the future.”
Sigrid Ligné SecretaryGeneral of the EGBA: “We are extremely pleased that the CEN responsible remote gambling measures arenow being implemented by EGBA members all over Europe in addition to their licensingrequirements. This demonstrates the commitment of companies such as Interwettento ensure a high level of cross borderprotection to their customers despite the extreme regulatory fragmentation ofthe European market.”
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Founded in 1990 as a sports betting provider, thecompany went online in 1997 with the website www.interwetten.com.In 2011 Interwetten presented itself to the world as an online entertainment companyand in addition to classic sports betting it served up a comprehensive livebetting offer, live streams, a casino and a range of exciting games.
The European Gaming and Betting Association is anassociation of leading European gaming and betting operators Bet-at-home.com, BetClic,bwin, Digibet, Expekt, Interwetten, PartyGaming and Unibet. EGBA is aBrussels-based non-profit association. It promotes the right of private gamingand betting operators that are regulated and licensed in one Member State to afair market access throughout the European Union. Online gaming and betting isa fast growing market, but will remain for the next decades a limited part ofthe overall European gaming market in which the traditional land based offer isexpected to grow from € 79.6 Billion GGR in 2009 to € 83 Billion GGR in 2012,thus keeping the lion’s share with 87% of the market. Source: H2 GamblingCapital, April 2010.
eCOGRA is staffed by highly professional auditorswith Big 4 auditing firm experience, information system experts and responsiblegambling specialists. The organisation is a leading supplier of compliance andadvisory services in the areas of player protection, fair gaming andresponsible operator behaviour to stakeholders in the remote gambling industry.
In 2011 alone eCOGRA will perform almost 100compliance reviews against eCOGRA’s eGAP Requirements, the European Gaming andBetting Association (‘EGBA’) Standards (incorporating the European CEN WorkshopAgreement 16259:2011 Measures) and various jurisdictional regulations.
The company is an accredited testing agency with several jurisdictions,and earlier this year the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) awardedeCOGRA the ISO approval ISO/IEC 17025:2005 : General Requirements for the competenceof testing and calibration laboratories. This accreditation is one of thequality assurance requirements for approval as a testing agency in variousEuropean remote gambling licensing jurisdictions.