Testing strategy for compliance with remote gambling and software technical standards
The testing strategy outlines the process operators must follow to demonstrate compliance with the Remote gambling and software technical standards. It contains procedures for the pre-release testing of games and RNGs, post-release performance monitoring, annual information security audit and the recently introduced annual games testing audit.
It also contains requirements for the maintenance of a remote games information (RGI) register. You can use this RGI spreadsheet template for this purpose.
The first annual games testing audit will be due in July 2017. We have written to those in scope for this audit and allocated them to one of four quarterly pools (this was done to spread the load throughout the year). More information about the audit can be found within the testing strategy. We have created a template for the completion of this audit by test houses, we require the template to be completed and submitted by each licensee in scope.
IAGR Multi-Jurisdictional Testing Framework
The aim of the multi-jurisdictional testing framework (MJTF) is to reduce duplication for operators who are licensed for the same activity in multiple participating jurisdictions.
The initial focus is on the fairness testing of RNGs and games for use in remote gambling. The participating jurisdictions have agreed common standards, so where one product operates in multiple jurisdictions operators can have the RNG/game tested to these standards and use the one test to satisfy the testing requirements of all participating jurisdictions.
Gambling Commission licence holders will still be required to adhere to our testing strategy which requires pre-release testing for all new and relevant updated RNGs and game, and to submit testing evidence prior to release. However you can now use this one standard for testing which will be of particular benefit if you operate in all or some of the participating jurisdictions.
What next for MJTF?
Further phases of the MJTF will include game fairness testing (currently under trial), field product certification and information security. At this stage the MJTF is only recognised by the pilot group of participating jurisdictions but it is hoped that other jurisdictions considering or currently regulating remote gambling will be able to join the scheme should it suit their testing assurance needs.
More details regarding the multi-jurisdictional testing framework can be found on the IAGR (International Association of Gaming Regulators) website.