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October 16, 2021

GLI brings its expertise to the Spanish market

Spanish authorities approve GLI Europe to test and certify igaming platforms

(Spain).- GLI Europe, the European operation of Gaming Laboratories International, is now accredited by Spanish Gaming Authorities to test and certify iGaming platforms for Spain. “We are thrilled to have obtained this accreditation,” said GLI Europe Managing Director Phillip Barow.

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LI Europe is now accredited as an independent testing laboratory for both B2B iGaming platform suppliers and B2C online gaming operators, and an independent auditor of Information Security Systems (ISS). Both certifications are required by the Spanish Gaming Authorities before iGaming operators can provide their services.

“GLI will continue to be the world’s leading test laboratory for internet games and platforms, because there are three distinguishing factors that set GLI apart from all other labs: our bandwidth, technical expertise, and ability to save clients time to market and money through our testing results transfer system. We will use these advantages to take products previously approved for Italy, France, the AGCC and other highly regulated markets and quickly and inexpensively certify those same products for Spain.”

GLI brings its expertise in testing all aspects of software and systems to the Spanish market. From the testing and certification of platforms, games, poker networks and sports books to the information security audits,  GLI is ready and now accredited to supply services to Spain.

Particularly noteworthy is the concept of the Spanish Internal Control System, featuring the “Safe Storage Database.” For the first time in an iGaming market, this feature will need to be certified by a laboratory. GLI is already in the process of testing some independently developed storage solutions.

GLI Director of iGaming Development Filippo Ferri said: “We are seeing a tremendous amount of interest in the Spanish market, both from established international operators seeking to cement their presence in the market and from local Spanish realities looking to take their bricks-and-mortar operations online.”

Commenting on the alleged tight deadlines for submitting the license application, Ferri said: “It is great that a lot of the work that was done for Italy, France and the AGCC will be re-usable in this jurisdiction, and that we are already working with some of the leading third-party suppliers of traceability and storage solutions looking to offer iGaming suppliers and operators with pre-certified compliant systems to complement their Internal Controls.”

Last week, a new draft Royal Decree describing the operator licensing process was published by the Dirección General de Ordenación del Juego, describing a new staged approach to testing. The Internal Control System (including the Safe Storage Database) and the Technical projects for both platform and games will need to be certified in order to apply for a license.

Once that has been accomplished, internet gaming providers will need to have their entire system and games certified and hosting facilities audited within four months of the gaming providers obtaining a preliminary license to operate.

“There is a huge interest in the Spanish iGaming market,” said Aurora Merino Salas, GLI’s new Business Development Manager in Spain. “Operators wanting to get into this market from the very first moment will have to make some very important business decisions. One of these is the choice of the laboratory certifying their systems and games. Deadlines are very challenging, and testing and certification cannot slow down the application process at any point. GLI has the resources and the knowledge to be able to make testing and certification as smooth as possible, helping operators reach their goals. GLI’s worldwide experience, together with the appropriate resources, makes GLI a wise choice for any operator or provider aiming to get into the Spanish market as soon as possible.”

GLI recently named Merino Salas as Business Development Manager in Spain. She can be reached at +34 671 644 155 and at [email protected].

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