Austrian software developer Greentube I.E.S AG has joined the growing number of online gambling software providers that have passed a professional inspection and review process by the independent player protection and standards body eCOGRA.
The process includes on-site and highly detailed inspections by an audit team tasked with ensuring that all aspects of the applicant's software development operations, methodologies and management control systems comply with the international standards enshrined in eCOGRA's generally accepted practices (eGAP).
Compliance Manager Shaun McCallaghan said that the investigative compliance review for Greentube I.E.S AG was conducted at the company's Vienna base during September 2009 and examined all aspects of the multi-lingual online bingo, casino and poker software used by Stargames.
These were found to be fully compliant, and the eCOGRA Seals Compliance Committee subsequently approved accreditation for the company's products, which must be regularly reviewed going forward.
The audit confirms that the development, implementation, maintenance and security of Greentube's games portfolio and back-office systems are representative of industry best practice standards.
Thomas Kolbabek, Head of Integration & Development at Greentube said that the review had been tough, thorough and practical.
"Fortunately, we had recently passed the European Gambling and Betting Association standards for Backgammon, which are equally stringent, and that certainly helped prepare us for that aspect of the inspection," he said.
"We're very pleased that we were successful in achieving the demanding eCOGRA standards, thus vindicating the considerable investment in time, energy and resources that we have made to ensure that our systems and products meet international best practice requirements."
eCOGRA chief executive Andrew Beveridge said that Greentube's commitment to safe and fair gambling and respect for players was illustrated by the high levels of professionalism the audit team had encountered during the review.
"Greentube is a worthy addition to our growing list of accredited and regularly monitored software sealholders, and in addition the company has commissioned our services to provide monthly casino payout percentage and RNG reviews, and annual bingo and poker RNG reviews, using live data," he said.