The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation or PAGCOR and President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines have reached an agreement regarding changes to gambling. Holders of POGO or Philippine Offshore Gaming licenses need to hide their IP addresses. These POGO gaming locations must hide their Internet protocol from those under the jurisdiction of the Philippines. Offshore gaming operators had until March 15, 2018, to comply or pay sanctions.
The change requires the POGO licenses to be verified by GLI or Gaming Laboratories International. GLI is going to look for compliance. Gaming Laboratories International is an independent company that currently tests Australia, Macau, New Zealand, Singapore, and Philippines clients. Duterte’s government accepts GLI as an accredited testing facility. GLI also offers IP blocking certificates to the POGO companies.
GLI said they are honored to work with PAGCOR as an accredited gaming laboratory that will test, then certify IP is blocking protocols and offer solutions for POGO licensees.
GLI understands the importance PAGCOR has placed on their company and how important IP is blocking integrity is to any jurisdiction.
President Duterte said he would work to improve online gambling by limiting the firms that were accessible to Philippine nationals. He is allowing PAGCOR to distribute licenses for gaming online. PAGCOR is now in competition with First Cagayan, which was the only entity before now that was able to provide licenses.
Understanding PAGCOR’s Role
PAGCOR is government owned and controlled. It also has the biggest income creation for the government besides the Bureau of Internal Revenue. PAGCOR has several VIP slot clubs and casinos throughout the Philippines. The regulator has private casinos, eGame Cafes, and Bingo parlors.
Duterte has been president since 2016. He has been taking a firm line on gambling since he began his presidency. PAGCOR closed hundreds of eGame Cafes under the request of Duterte to be harder on the companies offering such services. They also closed several operations that did not properly renew their licenses. Several casinos, with proper licensing, have seen an increase of 30 to 40 percent revenue despite the crackdown on casinos and eGame cafes.
Regarding, GLI they offer world-class testing, certifications, and services to the global gaming industry. GLI has been in operation for 25 years. Around the world, it is often the gaming regulator, operator, and supplier controller for jurisdictions, with more than 475 clients. The company offers consultations, field inspections, auditing, and property management. It is headquartered in New Jersey.