Slot Malaysia – Online Gaming’s Regulatory Body – A Lie Or An Error?
Slot Malaysia stands for eCommerce and Online Gaming Regulation and Assurance. In short, eCOGRA give seals of approval to online casinos and in time, poker, bingo and sportsbook suppliers/operators who apply for the eCOGRA seal and adhere to the eCOGRA Generally Accepted Practises (egap).
eCOGRA are not “online gaming’s regulatory body” and do not claim to be so from what I can gather, however.
eCOGRA recently (7 march 2005) issued a press release entitled ONLINE GAMING`S REGULATORY BODY, eCOGRA, SUPPORTS STATE POKER BILL which clearly states eCOGRA are indeed “Online Gaming’s Regulatory Body” and that eCOGRA support a key bill seeking to legalise online poker in the state legislature of North Dakota.
The news that a key Bill seeking to legalise online poker in the state legislature of North Dakota is making good progress has been welcomed by the “online gaming industry`s regulatory body” eCommerce and Online Gaming Regulation and Assurance eCOGRA
Now, eCOGRA in my opinion, need to rewrite the title and the text of the press release to not in any way shape or form, give the misleading impression they are indeed “the online gaming industry`s regulatory body” or “online gaming’s regulatory body”.
To fail to do so would be arguably a breach of the eCOGRA egap rule 113 – responsible advertising and promotion – which states
The seal holder will ensure that players are not mislead through advertising “or promotional activities”, and will ensure that the terms and conditions of their promotions are followed. Advertisements for the operator’s site should not offend acceptable social or moral standards.
egap 113.P.2 states. All advertising should contain factually correct information
eCOGRA really should have written the press release entitled “ONLINE GAMING`S REGULATORY BODY, eCOGRA, SUPPORTS STATE POKER BILL” as simply – eCOGRA SUPPORTS STATE POKER BILL, rather than such a misleading title on a press release. A press release is promotional activity in my opinion. eCOGRA must in all good faith, change the wording or remain in breach of eCOGRA egap ruling 113.
To fail to do so retroactively, now this error has been pointed out to eCOGRA and to the public, will in my opinion, arguably constitute a wanton misrepresentation of the facts by eCOGRA, or stand accused of partaking in an arguably outright lie or in the least stand accused of incompetence in the simple matter of writing a reasonably worded factual title on a press release. To remain in breach of ones own “generally accepted practises” (egap 113) cannot be allowed to stand in my opinion.
eCOGRA must hold themselves up to public scrutiny, abide by their own generally accepted practises, or be accused of a simple lie in order to give the impression eCOGRA are indeed “Online Gaming’s Regulatory Body.
Note:: eCOGRA will be forwarded this post. If eCOGRA change the wording of the press release and all other instances of misleading text in their press releases, I will report that fact and will ammend this post accordingly to record that fact.