Despite some loose ends in the legal framework, the Ukrainian gambling industry continues to grow rapidly. Several large international brands have already indicated their interest in entering the local market, including one of the most recognisable gambling corporations ― IGT.
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One of the main innovations in the industry regulation program is the completion of the development and launch of full-fledged technical regulations. This document is considered the main basis for conducting technical research and monitoring the legality of using specific types of electrical and other equipment in gambling halls.
Provisions of the updated regulations apply to the following types of casino equipment:
A separate clause of the regulations mentions that certification centres do not assess the quality and do not issue permits for claw machines (slot machines imitating ingot tong cranes).
Compliance with the technical regulations is mandatory for:
The list of organisations that have received the right to check and assess the conformity of equipment and gambling software (including online projects) has also been expanded.
Investors can apply for certification services by turning to:
After expanding the list of subjects of certification, preliminary prices for the provision of evaluation services were also announced:
We would like to remind you that an application for the opening of a representative office of the famous GLI agency was officially filed to the Ukrainian Gambling Commission. So far, the foreign company has not been added to the list of available certification centres but the situation can change in the very near future.
Despite the fact that the provisions of the new technical regulation entered into force, a program that allows for voluntary certification continues to operate in Ukraine.
Casino operators can contact the chosen organisation and order the provision of those services that they consider necessary for their projects.
Respected industry expert Lasha Shikhashvili expressed his opinion on the formation of mutually beneficial relations in the B2G sector. He has been professionally developing complex online platforms and databases for the gambling segment for 10 years.
In the interview, the expert spoke about the value of transparent relationships between representatives of commerce and government agencies and emphasised that the speed of development of the industry and the ability to transform the local Ukrainian market into the international one directly depend on the quality of the administrative infrastructure.
The Malta offshore zone program was named an example of the most effective B2G relationship:
As soon as Ukraine adopts the experience of foreign regulators, the local gambling business will propel to the next level.
Lasha Shikhashvili believes that the creation of the most functional database is the most effective way of working on the modern Ukrainian market. The more information on customers operators collect, the better the market optimisation will be.
The current financial program deserves special attention. Today, Ukrainian operators have access to many payment services that act as intermediaries between the administration of gambling halls, users, and banks.
Direct interaction with local banking institutions has not yet been well managed since they did not have time to adapt to the market changes and review the existing fraud monitoring programs (risk evaluation algorithms and potential fraud on the part of gamblers).
As soon as banks modernise their transaction control systems, entrepreneurs will have at their disposal an additional financial instrument with a multi-million customer database.
So far, Lasha Shikhashvili judges various international online systems (Skrill, Neteller, etc.) to be the most convenient alternative.
Several reputable international companies have already indicated their interest in cooperation with Ukrainian casino owners. Among such enterprises, we can name:
Before the government placed a ban on gambling in 2009, the company was one of the most recognisable manufacturers of casino equipment in Ukraine. The developer supplied about 50% of all equipment for gambling halls in Kyiv and up to 20% for regional locations.
Today, with the opening of the market, IGT is ready not only to take up its previous positions but also to move into top gear.
The company’s representative office has already been opened in Kyiv. Moreover, the brand chose a rather striking slogan ― “The best ones come back” ― and passed a rebranding procedure. The new IGT logo is made in yellow and blue colours, which evokes associations with the Ukrainian flag.
The provider spends more than 190 million dollars annually on market research and development of new products and is ready to offer entrepreneurs and gamblers completely new concepts.
The authorised company representative, Lasha Gogiberidze, described several areas designed to improve the experience of Ukrainian users:
It is a domestic supplier that started working even before the casino business was completely banned. In 2009, the company began to conquer international markets, and with the opening of the Ukrainian sector in 2020, the brand returned to the country and now, it is ready to closely cooperate with local enterprises.
GameBridge specialisation and product line
The brand specialises in the production, supply, and maintenance of card tables for poker rooms and gambling halls.
The company's representative, Vitaly Artyukh, announced that the enterprise is ready to support casino operators by providing them with a full range of services, including:
Tokens and other casino attributes
The developers competed with one of the largest gambling brands in the field of poker ― Matsui Company.
The Japanese provider offered exclusive dealer rights in exchange for the fact that the Ukrainian brand's product would not be promoted on the market.
GameBridge refused the offer and released a unique solution with self-destructive holograms. It has a unique security level that has no analogues
Live casino solutions
The manufacturer offers a wide range of products for live studios, from tables to exclusive orders for sewing croupier uniforms.
Moreover, the catalogue of the Ukrainian brand includes special chairs for dealers, which maintain a semblance that the dealer is standing but allows him to sit comfortably and quickly move between the involved gaming zones
The domestic brand decided to start working on the Ukrainian market with the presentation of another unique solution.
In the very near future, an innovative “smart” poker table will appear in the supplier's catalogue. This is a pilot project, similar to earlier developments in the format of electronic gaming tables.
The new product will have a classic design but the “filling” of the table will allow the casino administration to keep records of all funds received from the equipment in real-time.
Special sensors that are capable of assessing the value of tokens that appear on the table and instantly transmitting information to an authorised person will be placed under the cloth.
The legal framework of the local gambling sector continues to improve. Several international brands have already shown their interest in entering the Ukrainian market.
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