eCOGRA certificate: obtaining process, cost, advantages of having one

In the world of iGaming, there are several organizations that monitor activities of online casinos and sportsbooks. One of the most respected of them is e-Commerce Online Gambling Regulation and Assurance. Their certification is always helpful for your business, especially if you work within the legal framework and provide a wide range of services: slots, poker, roulette, lotteries, scratch cards and other games.

What does eCOGRA do?

eCOGRA is a nonprofit organization initially founded by Microgaming and 888 in 2002. Later, it became independent and established cooperation with the biggest gambling providers. Today, eCOGRA’s certificate is considered a mark of a reliable, high-quality brand.

The main objective of eCOGRA is to assess gambling platforms against certain criteria. If a company meets all the requirements, it receives the Safe and Fair seal. In addition to the testing and certification of online gambling systems, eCOGRA also mediates disputes between gamblers and casinos. It ensures that all players receive bonuses and winnings on time, and that operators do not violate their own terms and conditions.

The lack of regulation over the Internet has led to serious privacy and corruption issues in every industry, including gambling. Each day, thousands of players lose money to fraud or unscrupulous practices on the part of online casinos. Fortunately, regulatory bodies like eCOGRA are there to curb any illegal activities. They work hard to ensure Internet gambling is not only exciting, but also fair.

eCOGRA consists of two departments:

  1. ATA (Approved Testing Agency). This division issues certificates, inspects gambling platforms and tests their software.
  2. SRS (Self-Regulation Services). This one is responsible for creating a healthy environment in the gambling industry.
iGaming experts believe that the eCOGRA certificate is a must-have for every gambling platform. It is a kind of quality mark helping to attract new clients and grow a business.

Key advantages of eCOGRA

Having an eCOGRA seal of approval provides a number of benefits:

  • It confirms the fairness and safety of the casino. This is one of the most effective ways to retain existing customers and attract new ones;
  • It helps to avoid constant checks by other auditing bodies;
  • It allows offering slots and other casino games in any jurisdiction in the world;
  • It enables the platform to use in-house scripts after testing the RNG algorithm.
After successfully completing the audit, gaming operators, casino software providers and iGaming partners are awarded an eCOGRA certificate.

Main steps in the certification process

In order to obtain the eCOGRA seal and display it on their website, business owners must do the following:

  • Apply for the certificate. This can be done by the owner, co-owner or manager.
  • Submit the required documentation package. First of all, the casino must be a legally registered company. Secondly, eCOGRA requires information regarding the game providers, offered bonuses, corporate charter, etc. Furthermore, identity documents of the company’s management team must be provided.
  • Wait for the eCOGRA’s approval. Their experts will conduct a series of tests, give some useful advice, and finally issue the certificate.
Casinos that successfully pass the inspection have on their website not only the seal itself, but also an RNG certificate and payout data.

Naturally, it is impossible to have full control over the iGaming industry. However, if a platform has the eCOGRA’s Safe and Fair seal, it means it successfully passed all the tests and is certified by a reputable independent agency. Hence, you can trust it and start using its services without any worries.

What is the cost of the eCOGRA certificate?

There is no standard price for submitting an application. The cost varies on a case-by-case basis and depends on a company’s structure, the types of games it offers and its gaming providers collection. To find out the exact price of the certificate, contact experts that specialize in preparing documents for audits.

May 26, 2022
Igor Rumyantsev
Igor is the Head of Banking and Licensing Department at GamingLicensing who has over 15 years of experience in the industry. He is responsible for game and payment system integration, iGaming product licensing, and B2B certification. Igor is an expert in the gambling sector and game licensing. He keeps a close watch on industry trends and is always open to new ideas that can improve GamingLicensing’s services and help our clients.