LI Europe Managing Director Phillip Barow said, “This is an exciting and challenging time for gaming in Europe, as there are many new technologies being introduced and tested for the first time in several jurisdictions. Our goal for the Roundtable was that, at the end of the two days, regulators left us with a deeper understanding of technological issues they either are facing or soon will be.”
Leading industry experts and GLI personnel presented two days of the latest topics affecting the industry, most notably iGaming and the ever-growing VLT marketplace. Other topics included AWP, automated table gaming, protocols and software verification.
GLI President James R. Maida opened the event, saying, “It is great to see so many regulators at this event. Our European team is building our strategic presence and growth in Europe day by day. GLI is well positioned being able to embrace new technology and assist European regulators in supplying key information and data when it comes to existing and new directives.”
The roundtable began with a panel discussion on a hot topic in gaming around the world, “Defining Automated Table Games.” GLI Director of Technical Compliance Patrick Moore led a panel of experts that included Alexander Haberl, Technical Compliance Manager and Harald Kaiblinger, R&D Manager, both of Austrian Gaming Industries Austria, and GLI Europe Director of Operations Martin Britton.
Next, GLI Manager of Regulatory Development Filippo Ferri gave a presentation on how VLT systems currently operate and how the example may be one for Europe to follow.
Following was a panel discussion on Internet gaming policy and regulation. Catania Gaming Consultants President Frank Catania led the discussion, which included panellists Justin Franssen, a partner at VMW Taxand; Joerg Hofmann, a senior partner at Melchers law firm; and Janis Unger, Director of Latvian Lotteries and Gambling Supervisory Inspection.
Day two featured a panel discussion on street AWPs and low-price machines. Britton led the discussion with Kaiblinger and Bert Pasmans, manager of Barcrest Development BV lending their expertise. Next, Technical Systems Testing CEO Salim Adatia and Izzy Sobkowski, President/CEO of Advanced Monitoring Systems, each gave in-depth presentations on iGaming technology and tools for regulatory control. The roundtable concluded with a presentation from Kobetron President Greg Kobe on verification tools for games and systems.
Produced as part of the company’s GLI University program, the annual roundtables are unique events in the gaming industry, where regulators gather to learn about the latest technological developments and their potential regulator impact, and to openly discuss regulations with one another in a private setting. GLI offers the conference to regulators free of charge. Next, GLI South America will host the Latin American Regulators Roundtable on 28 September in Buenos Aires.