WLA recertification ‘reinforces’ IGT commitment to responsible gaming

Scientific Games has been awarded the World Lottery Association’s Responsible Gaming Framework Certificate of Alignment.

The World Lottery Association has recertified International Game Technology’s lottery operations, including ilottery, for its Corporate Social Responsibility Standards and Responsible Gaming Framework for Suppliers. 

As part of the recertification, a WLA-approved assessor – EY – conducted the assessment of IGT’s lottery operations. The evaluation saw IGT provide an independent auditor’s report on the company’s alignment with the eight sections of the WLA standards, including research, employee programs, product and service development, remote gaming environment, advertising and marketing communications, client awareness, stakeholder engagement and reporting.

Wendy Montgomery, IGT SVP, marketing, communications and sustainability, stated: “Responsible gaming is engrained into the fabric of what we do at IGT, from our products to our people and programmes, it remains at the forefront of all decisions.

“This recertification from WLA reinforces our leadership and commitment as a responsible vendor, as well as demonstrates the effectiveness of our responsible gaming technologies that we provide to our lottery customers worldwide.”

The WLA created the responsible gaming standards to minimise the impact of problem gambling by promoting a worldwide accreditation programme for gaming industry operators and suppliers.

IGT continues to reinforce its commitment to responsible gaming by adhering to eight globally adopted responsible gaming guidelines; working collaboratively with its Responsible Gaming Advisory Group; launching tailored employee e-learning courses on responsible gaming and problem gambling; publicly releasing its corporate wide responsible gaming policy; and continually updating and following its global advertising and marketing communications code of principles.

This comes after IGT raised its guidance for the full-year at the start of November, after praising a “significant improvement” in key financial and performance metrics across core business segments through the third quarter.

Group-wide revenue during the period increased 21 per cent to $984m (2020: $816m), with the firm’s global lottery division taking the lion’s share with $652m, a 14 per cent uptick from $570m year-on-year. IGT says that this is due to sustained momentum driving global same-store sales growth up nine per cent.