Salim Adatia is the CEO of GLI Canada. As the world’s most experienced test lab, GLI remains the foremost authority in the land-based and iGaming sectors providing high quality testing & consulting services.
Prior to its acquisition by GLI, Mr. Adatia was CEO of the Technical Systems Testing (TST) group of companies worldwide and was responsible for driving the performance of the company's global spread of testing facilities located in Vancouver, London, Macau, Manila, Sydney and Melbourne.
Today Mr. Adatia continues to be a driving force in GLI’s global initiatives related to iGaming. He is one of the world’s leading experts in iGaming and works with government regulators, operators and suppliers to ensure gambling products meet with comprehensive technical regulatory requirements, supplier’s technical specifications, and global best-practice industry standards.
Mr. Adatia also works directly with GLI’s Professional Services division, whose experts lead the world in Project Management, World Lottery Association (WLA) / ISO, Information Systems Security (ISS) auditing, Training and other Technical Services.
Mr. Adatia has spoken at a variety of industry conferences in Canada, the U.S., Asia, Europe and Australia and has been interviewed by and written for numerous publications serving these regions. He was also chosen as one of the gaming industry’s “Top 25 People to Watch” by Global Gaming Business magazine.
In addition to his 14+ years of gaming test lab experience, Mr. Adatia has professional experience with expert witness research and support and has received introductory training in fundamentals of personnel law. Previous to GLI he spent approximately five years in the banking and financial sectors in North America.
Most interesting jurisdictions
Some allow multiple private operator licenses to anyone who applies, is found suitable and complies with all applicable registration and licensing requirements. Others are crown-operated, where the responsibility for the conduct and management of gaming operations is undertaken by the jurisdictional crown corporation (e.g.: sometimes the jurisdictional lottery).
A sample of jurisdictions beyond those four mentioned are provided below:
* Denotes emerging jurisdiction
Operators’ main concerns
Operators contend with many competing concerns, some of which include:
Regulators’ main concerns
One of the many responsibilities a regulator has is to implement public policy requirements regarding gaming that are established in law. This is partially supported through the development and enforcement of:
In general, key questions that face regulators today include:
The above are just a few broad-ranging concerns, each of which could be broken down further into sub-components. It's no wonder newly emerging jurisdictions have great opportunity coupled with great considerations to consider. Luckily GLI is there to assist them all along the way. We work very closely with regulators in emerging markets to provide consultancy & support, most times well in advance of their first site ever going live.
Coordinating work with regulators
At GLI, we help regulators with the key questions mentioned above.
We do this by working closely with the regulator, as well as with the operator and suppliers to ensure gambling products meet or exceed technical requirements uniquely set for their particular jurisdiction, manufacturer's specifications and global best-practice industry standards.
Regulators have come to know that they can think of GLI like the Red Cross of the gaming industry – we are here to help avoid as well as prepare for an emergency, and we are here to help respond should an emergency occur. And like the Red Cross, we have global resources that we can mobilize at a moment’s notice, all to help regulators handle a situation at a local level. We test, we scrutinize, we check, we analyze, we verify, then we certify.
It's worthwhile mentioning that as an independent test lab, regulators mandate that we don’t take sides. To that end, GLI does not prefer one regulator over another, one vendor over another, or one jurisdiction over another. Like a referee in sports, our goal is to keep the game fair for everyone, and we can only do that by remaining independent from everyone.
In addition, as an independent and impartial third-party we are fact-finders who call and report issues like we see them. In addition to being accountable to regulators, we hold ourselves accountable to the highest standards. Remaining neutral is our first priority, and their guarantee of our integrity so that both operators and regulators can rest easy knowing products on deployed online or through mobile devices are GLI tested and approved.
GLI-19: Interactive Gaming Systems
GLI is recognized around the world as the leader in Internet Gaming testing, and have been for more than 20 years now. After years of consulting on and drafting Internet Gaming technical standards for many of the world's most established online gaming jurisdictions we published GLI-19. It was the world’s first common Internet Gaming standard available as a resource or adoption in its entirety by jurisdictional authorities globally.
GLI-19 leverages our years of expertise and was based on an extensive review of several key interactive gaming jurisdictions which have experienced great success in regulating the inherently complex systems associated with internet gaming.
GLI-19 is increasingly being adopted by jurisdictions in its entirety largely because it encompasses the best practices in regulated jurisdictions from Europe, Canada and the US where the majority of internet gaming regulation is currently occurring. The feedback we have received is that regulators are better able to institute these technical regulations in their new markets given most are already accepted by the industry.
Where regulators are contemplating publishing their own new requirements, it is a valuable resource that assists new and emerging markets to develop proper technical controls and requirements to facilitate their markets.
GLI-19 and the entire GLI Standards Series can be found at http://www.gaminglabs.com/en/gli-standards