The Remote Gambling Association (RGA) was incepted on 1st of August 2005. It was formed through a merger of two existing associations of online gambling operators, namely the Association of Remote Gambling Operators (ARGO) and the Interactive Gaming, Gambling and Betting Association (IGGBA). The objective was to ensure that the online gambling industry offered a single voice on important issues to regulators, legislators and key decision makers.
The RGA operates from London and represents the interests of remote gambling operators of Europe. Full membership of the RGA is available to those remote gambling operators that are licensed for gambling activities and operational within the European Economic Area (EEA), the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man. The members of the RGA include some of the largest, licensed and stock market-listed remote gambling companies in Europe. Organizations that do not meet the full membership criteria can become Affiliate Members and would receive limited support from the RGA.
The functions of the RGA are listed in its “Aims and Objectives”. The RGA comes into the picture when there is a need to negotiate on behalf of the industry as a whole, particularly with trades’ organizations, employer’s organizations, government bodies and the media. The RGA also helps it members in litigation over the right to provide remote gambling services. In this connection one of the objectives towards which the RGA is working is the creation of a uniform remote gambling market in Europe where any operator in any country in Europe can offer his services across Europe without any hindrances.
Within its association the RGA encourages high standards of integrity and social responsibility among its members. In order to achieve this, the RGA has formulated a code of conduct, compliance with which has become a condition of membership since January 2006. The code deals with issues such as prevention of underage gambling, protection of players’ interests and responsibility in advertising. A third function of the RGA is to keep its members informed of the latest developments in the remote gambling industry through in-house newspapers, magazines, periodicals and books.
In order to qualify for full membership of the RGA an applicant must be licensed for gambling activities and operational within the European Economic Area (EEA), the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man. This does not mean that all of your gambling activities have to be in these jurisdictions, but at least some do.
In addition, gambling software suppliers will qualify if they are licensed directly or supply their product to at least one remote gambling operator who is licensed and operational in the EEA, Channel Islands or the Isle of Man.
If you feel this applies to your company and would like to join the RGA please fill in the attached application form which also contains costing details:
RGA membership application form (*.doc)
Completed forms must be sent to:
The Remote Gambling Association, 6th Floor, 52-54 High Holborn,London WC1V 6RL