Digital self-exclusion tool planned for US market
Payment provider Sightline has partnered with player management and technology provider GameSecure to provide a digital self-exclusion tool for the US market.
The system can be linked with all online gaming platforms and around 90% of retail casino management systems.
The programme will work by linking GameSecure’s database of self-excluded players with the Play+ payments platform of Sightline. This linking will then block players that have excluded from accessing both their wallets and the front-end content of any operator.
Responsible gambling systems in the US are still in their infancy, with the market still very young. Both companies have said that they hope to develop responsible gambling systems in the US through the partnership. Keith Whyte, executive director of the US National Council on Problem Gambling, has endorsed the partnership.
Speaking about the deal, Cameron Conn, co-founder of GameSecure, said:
We strongly believe there is not a singular solution to completely address all aspects of player protection and responsible gaming, however, partnerships like these allow for better solutions that will give continued insights into at-risk behavior for improved responsible gaming programs.– Cameron Conn, GameSecure co-founder
GVC Holdings receives a conditional licence in Nevada
The Nevada Gaming Commission (NGC) has granted GVC Holdings a conditional licence. The licence now must be approved by Nevada regulators. GVC’s US arm of bwin was given a conditional licence approval for online gaming, while Ladbrokes Coral has received approval as an intermediary company.
The group also plans to launch partypoker into the Nevada market, although online casino is still illegal in Nevada.
The licence approvals were voted 2-1 in favour of GVC. However, the group received heavy criticism from NGC regulator Terry Johnson. Johnson attacked GVC chairman Kenny Alexander personally over the firm’s failures and record in the grey Turkish market.
Johnson voted against GVC, but the licence applications were approved by NGC chairwoman Sandra Morgan and Phil Katsaros.