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eCOGRA

e-Commerce and Online Gaming Regulation and Assurance

Digging information from their website,www.eCOGRA.org, the e-Commerce and Online Gaming Regulation and Assurance, or eCOGRA, is an independent, non-profit organization based in the United Kingdom, whose primary focus is to ensure online gaming operators and their software providers comply with their requirements to ensure protection for the players, fair gaming, and responsible operator behavior.


eCOGRA's independent Seals Compliance Committee has awarded the Safe and Fair Seal to those online gaming operators that have undergone an extensive audit by eCOGRA specialists at their operations and software providers' development environments and demonstrated full compliance with eCOGRA's Standards. Players with a dispute arising at an approved eCOGRA site have free access to eCOGRA's dedicated Fair Gaming Advocate, who aims to resolve the majority of disputes within 48 hours. To date, there have been over 3,000 disputes that are being addressed.


eCOGRA Seal of Approval


Online gaming operators, software developers, and portals which are awarded with an eCOGRA Seal of Approval means that they had met the eCOGRA's Generally Accepted Practices, or eGAP; that they share the eCOGRA vision towards fair and responsible gaming, and proven to have the highest level of integrity; and that they are approved by eCOGRA's Seals Compliance Committee. The following are the seals that they can achieve as an eCOGRA-recognized website:


Safe and Fair Seal - for online gambling operators


Certified Software Seal - for online gambling software providers


Percentage Payout Report Seal - for both software providers and operators who passed the payout reviews conducted monthly on all games.


Randomness Reviews Seal - for both software providers and operators who passed the RNG (Random Number Generation) reviews conducted biannually on blackjack, roulette, video poker, poker, bingo, and skill games like backgammon and mahjong.


Affiliate Trust Seal - for online gambling affiliate programs.


Reputable Portal Seal - for online gambling portals, which passed the following criteria:


  • Uninterrupted six months or more in business under the portal brand to be linked.
  • The webmaster undertakes to provide his or her name and contact details, and eCOGRA undertakes to regard this information as strictly confidential.
  • Linking is done on the understanding that the relationship can be severed at any time by either party, without notice or explanation.
  • Sites that link to eCOGRA will be periodically inspected by eCOGRA.
  • Applicants to link will be confidentially vetted.
  • Applicants are expected to be professional webmasters and to conduct themselves accordingly i.e. no SEO "black hat" practices such as site scraping or blog spamming, no spamming and have respect for players.
  • Applicants must under no circumstances abuse the linking privilege for purposes of spamming or other unethical activities.
  • Any misuse of the eCOGRA or "Safe and Fair" brands will mean immediate cessation of the linking arrangement.
  • Webmasters are urged to consider associating themselves with professional webmaster/affiliate bodies.
  • eCOGRA prefers not to be associated with sites that promote known "rogue operations" and webmasters are expected to be vigilant in that regard.
  • Reciprocal recognition of eCOGRA on the linked portal site is required, with eCOGRA seals displayed alongside approved gambling sites, and the Reputable Portal Seal linking through to a certificate providing a brief overview of eCOGRA (to be supplied by eCOGRA).



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