G4 certificate for Novomatic and Berlin

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Peter Brandt 24. September 2021

The Spielbank Berlin and the Austrian gambling group Novomatic have again received the G4 certificate. Novomatic and Spielbank Berlin GmbH have announced this publicly effective award by press release. The certificates were issued by the Global Gambling Guidance Group (G4), which specializes in youth and player protection. Spielbank Berlin GmbH and the Austrian gaming group Novomatic had already received the certification, which is always awarded for two years taking strict requirements, in the previous year. The fulfillment of the respective youth and player protection standards is anything but easy.

For the second time, Novomatic and the Spielbank Berlin receive the G4 certificate. ((©epicioci/Pixabay)

Spielbank Berlin and Novomatic can be checked at their own request

Gambling is an integral part of society, but is as controversial as it is popular. In addition to the obvious fun and entertainment factor, youth and player protection is always discussed, since gambling can also lead to addiction. Accordingly, state regulations and requirements should not be underestimated. But also the gambling providers themselves – whether online or land -based – tackle the topic offensive and commit themselves to one Secure and controlled range of games.

With a particularly good example, Spielbank Berlin GmbH and the Austrian gambling group Novomatic are progressing here. At their own request, the two gambling providers have agreed to check their youth and player protection measures. However, this procedure is not very unselfishly, since they are successful in a successful performance Received internationally recognized G4 certificate. This certificate is from the Global Gambling Guidance Group (G4) issued. However, an elaborate certification process has to be passed through.

This includes around 100 criteria and requirements in the field of player protection that are checked in the meantime. The respective National legal minimum requirements for player protection mostly under which the G4. The Gaming Group Novomatic from Austria and Spielbank Berlin GmbH have now successfully passed this elaborate process for the second time and can call themselves the proud owner of a G4 certificate.

Who is the Global Gambling Guidance Group (G4). In 2003, a meeting of experts on the subject of gambling addiction to the Global Gambling Guidance Group (G4) came together and founded. Her headquarters are located in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Land-based or online gambling providers from all over the world can the group and apply for a corresponding certificate. Fixed members of the G4 come from Austria, the Netherlands, Belgium and Great Britain, for example. Some permanent members are also available from USA, such as Admiral Entertainment GmbH, Löwen Entertainment GmbH and Merkur Spielbanken Sachsen-Anhalt. Online representatives are gambling groups such as Betsson Group, Kindred Group, IGT and Snaitech.

No premiere: Spielbank Berlin certified again

For the second time the Spielbank Berlin has the complex and intensive controls and exams of the G4 successfully passed. The G4 certificate was allowed to be accepted again after 2019. In the official press release Spielbank Berlin GmbH is pointed out to the constant efforts for player and youth protection. The focus was on the expansion and the optimization of these. From this perspective, the Corona period including Lockdown would have had something positive, since the team for player protection could have used the time for appropriate measures with the appropriate support of the management. The test by the G4 auditor Pieter Remmers was accordingly successful in all important points. David Schnabel, Managing Director of Spielbank Berlin, was particularly happy about this:

“We are pleased that we were able to go through the certification through the G4 again and are proud of the G4 certificate that has been obtained again. A comprehensive youth and player protection and compliance with internal and external requirements are part of our self-image and accordingly enjoy the top priority with us. With the successful certification, we have again received confirmation from independent external experts that we have targeted our prevention measures and do not rule out exciting entertainment and effective player protection. ” David snows, Managing Director of Spielbank Berlin, Official press release from the Spielbank Berlin

Among the key points checked by the G4 included the internal company loyalty, employee training, access controls, the effectiveness of the player barriers and player protection measures in the communication, catering and event area. However, the G4 certificate only applies to two years, since the gambling industry as well as the technical development or legal frames are regularly changing or developing. The test process is complex and extensive that International recognition of the G4 certificate However, it is high and very valuable for the external presentation.

Novomatic speaks of valuable recognition

The gambling giant from Austria, Novomatic, also showed itself enthusiastic about the renewed G4 certification after 2019. As the first Austrian gambling group with a G4 certification in 2019 and now the successful repetition, the successful certification according to the highest international player protection standard is a valuable recognition for the great efforts of Novomatic in this important area, as Novomatic board member Johannes Gratzl in the official Press release from the group. Novomatic constantly improves his player protection guidelines and repeatedly emphasize the importance of responsible gambling.