World Lottery Association
Registration for the World Lottery Summit 2014 is now open!
Dear WLA Member,
As we have announced in the WLA magazine and at various WLA events, the World Lottery Summit 2014 (WLS 2014), the WLA's biennial mega event, will take place this coming November 2–5, in Rome, Italy. The WLA is honored to partner with Lottomatica to bring you this world-class event. Over the past several months, the WLA and Lottomatica have been working hard to ensure that WLS 2014 will be the lottery industry's event of the year.
We would like to take this opportunity to let you know that online registration for WLS 2014 is now open. As space is limited we urge you to go the official WLS 2014 website now and register for this unique event today! (www.wls2014.com)
Below you will find a taste of what awaits you at WLS 2014. We look forward to greeting you in Rome!
CEO GTECH S.p.A.
(formerly Lottomatica Group S.p.A.)
Lotteries make bright start to 2014; Q1 sales for 2014 up 8.9% on Q1 sales for 2013.
Defying expectations, lotteries made a bright start to 2014, with first-quarter on first-quarter sales increasing by 8.9%, the best opening to a new year since 2012. The growth in global lottery sales was again grounded in strong performances from the Asia Pacific and Latin American regions, with additional contributions from the North American market and, surprisingly, the European region.
Joint EL/WLA legal seminar
A members-only European Legal Affairs Seminar is organised every year. This year for the first time, the seminar is held jointly with WLA and is open to Lotteries as well as Suppliers. During these meetings, many updates are given regarding the latest EU developments, the CJEU case law, regulatory issues, etc. In other words, the seminar enables lawyers to exchange on the latest legal news regarding the industry.
Security Seminar – Tackling threats for a safe and secure future!
Information security is essential for protecting the assets of an organisation. As no single formula can guarantee 100% security, we need a set of benchmarks or standards to help attain an adequate level of security, ensure that resources are used efficiently, and the best security practices are adopted.
Security risks come in many shapes and guises and lotteries should take measures to identify, prevent and minimise these risks and make sure that their daily operations are running smoothly and the well-being of their future business is safeguarded.
The joint EL/WLA Security Seminar will give our members up-to-date information from experienced professionals, both from within and outside the lottery sector.
Internet & New Media Seminar – The innovative nordic Tour de Force continues…
Leveraging the power of the Internet and New Media is no longer an option for a business today, it is a must. With technology racing ahead at breakneck speed, and the younger generation expecting providers to keep pace with progress, there is no alternative to staying on top of the game if a business is to succeed. This maxim is no different for lotteries, sports betting and other gaming providers.
Should you be developing new apps for your lottery or should you be concentrating your efforts on developing the best possible design for your website? Who has developed the best instant game formats for the next generation of players?
The joint EL/WLA Seminar will provide you with the answers to these and other important questions.
Request for proposals (RFP)
To streamline the lottery procurement process, which is notoriously costly and time consuming, the WLA has worked with NASPL, operators, suppliers and independent consultants to develop a Best Practice for lottery RFPs. The Global RFP Best Practice provides comprehensive guidance and standardization of lottery procurements while fully accounting for the legislation in the respective lottery's jurisdiction. Following the Best Practice will make it simpler, faster and cheaper to develop a successful RFP, obtaining responsive proposals and conduct the evaluation of those proposals. To watch a short movie that explains how the complex RFP process can be simplified with the WLA RFP Template, please click on the thumbnail or read more.
The World Lottery Summit 2012 in Montreal, Canada
Videos of WLS 2012 keynotes now available in the member section of the WLA website (requires login).
Selected presentations and videos of the business program, including the keynote addresses, have now been made available for download in the member section of the WLA website (requires login). Relive keynote speaker Chantal Petitclerc's fascinating account of her life story or get to grips with the concept of "Creating Shared Value", renowned business authority Michael Porter's far-reaching vision for the future of corporate social responsibility. With some real treasures in the business program, taking the time to review the presentations available for streaming or download will surely be worth your while.
With more than 1500 delegates, a packed business program, nearly 50 exhibitors at the trade show, and a fabulous social program, the WLS 2012 Convention and Trade Show in Montreal, Canada, was not only one of the largest lottery conventions ever, it set a benchmark for future lottery events. Feedback on the summit has been overwhelmingly positive, with numerous participants expressing their deep appreciation for this unprecendented event.
The theme for WLS 2012 was "a world of opportunities à la Montréal", reflecting the world of opportunities arising from the rapid pace of change in the lottery industry, and the world of opportunities that awaited attendees in multicultural, cosmopolitan Montreal. For additional post-convention information about WLS 2012, see the convention and trade show web site at www.wls2012.com.
The WLA Security Control Standard: 2012 (WLA-SCS:2012)
We are pleased to announce that the WLA-SCS:2012 standard was formally approved by the delegates of the WLA biennial General Meeting on September 12, 2012 in Montreal, Canada, and is now available for distribution. The WLA-SCS:2012 incorporates new sector-specific controls for the secure operation of Internet and interactive sales and gaming services as well as the secure handling of gaming operations. It replaces the previous version of the standard, WLASCS:2006, and all other versions released prior to the 2006 edition. The new standard documentation, as well as the accompanying Guide to Certification for the WLA Security Control Standard: 2012 can be downloaded in the security section of this website.
The Guide to Certification for the WLA Security Control Standard: 2012
To accompany the newly released WLA-SCS:2012 standard documentation, a new WLA Guide to Certification for the WLA Security Control Standard: 2012 has been published and is now available. The new guide provides the most up-to-date and comprehensive explanation of the WLA-SCS:2012 certification process. It is a useful aid for WLA members and associate members seeking to be certified to the WLA-SCS:2012, for qualified professionals seeking to be recognized as WLA accredited auditors, and for WLA accredited auditors seeking to undertake audits of WLA members and associate members applying for WLA-SCS:2012 certification. The Guide to Certification for the WLA Security Control Standard: 2012 as well as the WLA-SCS:2012 standard documentation can be downloaded in the security section of this website.
The WLA Responsible Gaming Framework Submission Guide 2012-2013
The 2012-2013 edition of the Responsible Gaming Framework Submission Guide was presented at the World Lottery Summit 2012 in Montreal, Canada, in September 2012. As in the previous editions of the guide, this third edition tells you everything you need to know in order to complete your submission for each level of the WLA Responsible Gaming Framework (RGF). The guide revises both the 2009 and the 2010-2011 editions of the same document, and provides the most up-to-date and comprehensive explanation of RGF certification available. Also included in this latest edition is a description of the recertification process that will be of interest to a number of certified member lotteries seeking recertification. The 2012-2013 edition of the Responsible Gaming Framework Submission Guide can now be downloaded in English, Spanish, and French from the Responsible Gaming section of this website.
WLA RGF best practices: Also in the member section of the website we have posted a number of RGF best practice documents for downloading. From case studies to sample submissions these documents can be useful in helping you prepare for and complete your WLA RGF submission.
WLA and FIFA Early Warning System (EWS) GmbH renew cooperation contract
In 2005, the WLA and FIFA formally agreed to work together to protect and maintain the integrity of football and to safeguard the WLA members' betting systems and products. In July 2007, Early Warning System GmbH, a company founded specifically for this purpose with its own staff and offices in Zurich, was contracted to undertake this task and started the relevant work on July 1, 2007. FIFA extended its early warning system for monitoring sports betting to take in the preliminary competition for the 2010 FIFA World Cup™.