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International Gaming Standards Association Appoints Mark Pace as its New President

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The members of the International Gaming Standards Association (IGSA) have appointed Mark Pace as the new President, following Peter DeRaedt’s departure. Mark has been in the gaming industry for over 35 years and has been part of IGSA for over 20 years, acting as Committee Chair, Board Member, Treasurer, and Vice-Chairman of the Board, before joining IGSA as the Managing Director of GSA Europe and Vice President of IGSA.

Mark will also retain his responsibilities as Managing Director of GSA Europe.

In addition, IGSA has elected their Board of Directors for 2024. Following the election process, the Board of Directors met to select its Chair and Vice Chair. The members and appointees are as follows:

  • Chairman: Nimish Purohit, Vice President of Product Resilience, Aristocrat
  • Vice Chairman: Martin Pedak, Director of Technical Compliance, Playtech
  • Treasurer: Paul Burns, ALC (Ex-officio, retired)

Members:

  • Syed Hussain, Chief Information Officer, Oregon Lottery;
  • Keshav Pitani, Vice President, Research & Development, Light & Wonder.

“On behalf of the entire management team I would like to congratulate and thank our elected 2024 board members. I am deeply honored to take over from our long-time President Peter DeRaedt, who has graciously agreed to remain a part of the association providing advice whenever needed. I am very excited to get to work with our new Board and our members to identify areas and set up committees to create Standards and Best Practices in support of our industry’s needs,” Mark Pace, President of IGSA, said.

“Having Nimish move from Vice Chair to Chair is terrific. His background as a former US Federal and State gaming regulator along with his experience on the commercial side, gives him the ability to understand issues holistically as he leads the Board. We are equally excited that Martin has stepped up to the Vice Chair role. Our focus this year is going to be on identifying where the creation of standards and best practices, especially as they relate to new technologies, can add value to our members and benefit the industry as a whole. We will also seek to strengthen our collaboration with other industry associations and with world-wide regulatory associations to define how these technologies should be implemented, utilized and regulated. The Board and IGSA are well poised to deliver exceptional results,” Mark added.

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“I am honored and excited to represent IGSA’s global membership. Our industry is transforming rapidly across both the online and land-based space. The need for standards and best practices to align with regulated products is vital now, more than ever. I look forward to IGSA continuing to work with regulatory authorities whose challenges I understand well to help deliver solutions that drive efficiency, transparency and enhance gaming integrity,” Nimish Purohit, Chairman of IGSA, said.

“I want to thank outgoing Chairman Earle Hall for his transformative leadership and Board of Directors participation across the past four years. We appreciate his energy and dedication and he can be proud of the legacy he leaves behind with the Board and the Association,” he added.

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IGSA Creates Cyber Resiliency Committee

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The International Gaming Standards Committee (IGSA) announced the creation of a Cyber Resiliency Committee (CRC) supported by Aristocrat Technologies, Light & Wonder and AXES.ai to create standards for cyber risk management, cybersecurity governance and framework control standards for casino operators and their ecosystem.

“It is very inspiring to see IGSA Platinum and Gold members come together rapidly to address the alarming rate of increase of cybersecurity issues in our industry,” stated Earle G. Hall, Chairman of IGSA and CEO of AXES.ai. “Our members are clear that cybersecurity has to be a top priority for all gaming suppliers in our industry to protect operators and our industry at large. A sincere thank you to Aristocrat Technologies and Light & Wonder for stepping up to lead this initiative to improve our industry.”

“IGSA is being called to lead a concerted effort to create cyber standards to protect our industry and that is exactly what we will do thanks to the incredible leadership within our Platinum and Gold members,” stated Peter DeRaedt, President of IGSA. “This committee will solicit experts within our membership to create ready-to-use standards to improve cyber resilience. We are grateful that our Chairman, Earle G. Hall, has volunteered to act as interim chair, to lead this committee that we anticipate will offer much needed guidance and support to our industry.”

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INTERNATIONAL GAMING STANDARDS ASSOCIATION CREATES RESPONSIBLE GAMING COMMITTEE

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The International Gaming Standards Association (IGSA) announced today its Board of Directors unanimously approved the creation of a Responsible Gaming Committee (RGC). All Board members affirmed their intention to participate in and support the committee.

Additionally, Alan Feldman, a widely recognized expert in responsible gaming and player protection, has agreed to serve. Feldman is a Distinguished Fellow at the UNLV International Gaming Institute and Chair Emeritus of the International Center for Responsible Gaming.

IGSA’s Responsible Gaming Committee intends to offer support for regulators and operators with a multi-tier framework entitled the Responsible Gaming Maturity Model (RGMM). This approach will offer regulators and operators a path from discovery to a highly quantifiable and predictable RG model. The RGMM will ensure regulators and operators can grow from implementing basic policy to managing a precise dashboard of KPIs generated from quantitative data. The final and ultimate level will be to embrace the power of prediction and preventive detection.

“The time has come to create a global standard, process and path for predictive responsible gaming,” stated Earle G. Hall, Chairman of IGSA. “Regulators have done an incredible job of creating their individual approaches. It is now time to pull the best practices together into a journey from discovery to quantitative management. Moreover, it is time to shift the paradigm to a data-driven predictability model to remove the tremendous burden on regulators and operators. We are excited by the overwhelming response by our members, affiliates, and partners to be a part of this movement.”

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INTERNATIONAL GAMING STANDARDS ASSOCIATION RECOGNIZES FOUNDING MEMBER, LIGHT & WONDER

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The International Gaming Standards Association (IGSA) recognizes original founding member, Light & Wonder.

“As a founding member of IGSA, Light & Wonder has always been committed to the creation of open industry standards,” said IGSA President, Peter DeRaedt as he reflected on their long and steady membership. “Early in their history, they donated the core GAT (Game Authentication Terminal) technology that has become IGSA’s most widely adopted regulatory standard. They were also the first to adopt G2S (Game to System) and have become its largest implementor. As an organization, we are grateful for their continuing and unwavering support.”

“I’d like to congratulate IGSA on their 25 Year Anniversary,” said Rich Schneider, Chief Product Officer at Light & Wonder. “IGSA has done amazing work in the area of technical standards for our industry over the last 25 years. Everything this industry does on a casino floor, from paying and progressing jackpots, to player tracking and paying bonuses, would not have been possible without the work that IGSA has done.”

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