NC Enlists Two Gaming Labs To Protect Customers, Ensure Operator Compliance

Two gaming test labs have received approval to operate in the state by the North Carolina Lottery Commission: BMM Testlabs and Gaming Labs International (GLI).

Both received the nod from the NC Lottery Commission during a meeting on Jan. 10 where they were each accredited as a gaming vendor by the regulatory body. Their duties will be to test sports betting platforms for regulatory compliance.

Accreditation for BMM and GLI confirms that the two companies are at the forefront among gaming test labs in the United States. North Carolina online and sports betting will launch at some point in 2024, perhaps as soon as March Madness.

The use of GLI and BMM indicates that North Carolina is taking seriously its responsibility to regulate this new industry and protect consumers who choose to place wagers via online sportsbooks.

Gaming Labs International adds NC to its portfolio

According to a press statement by GLI earlier this year, the company holds “40 accreditations from various accreditation bodies worldwide.” That means it’s one of the farthest-reaching gaming test labs in the world. GLI focuses on providing compliance testing to regulators who oversee legal gambling markets.

The company, which was founded in 1989, has “consulted on and/or tested equipment for more than 480 jurisdictions” for the gaming industry. Its tagline for services is: “end-to-end integrated compliance and testing solutions.”

GLI will provide testing for gaming platforms supplied by sports betting operators in North Carolina ahead of the launch of that market and in the future for compliance, reliability and safety.

In 2023, GLI received the SBC Compliance Solution & Partner of the Year Award at SBC Summit North America.

Last September, the state approved the allocation of more than half a million dollars for a contract with GLI to assist in the launch of sports betting in the Tar Heel State.

About BMM Testlabs

With a corporate headquarters in Paradise, Nevada, a northern suburb of Las Vegas, BMM Testlabs is located near the heart of the gaming industry. The company was founded in 1981 and opened its Las Vegas area office in 2000. According to its website, BMM is “licensed and/or recognized in over 480 jurisdictions” globally.

BMM Test Labs still sees itself as a challenger brand in the gaming market, and it has worked diligently to offer compliance and security technology to Class II and Class III gaming. Recently, BMM expanded its cyber-security offerings in the form of BIG Cyber, a military-grade cyber,security defense system for the gaming industry.

This expansion makes the brand extremely valuable to North Carolinians in the wake of security breaches at both Caesars and MGM.

What services will BMM provide North Carolina sports betting regulators?

BMM tests sports betting platforms, both mobile applications and sportsbook websites, for regulatory compliance. These services can include ensuring promotions and betting offerings adhere to laws of that jurisdiction, as well as compliance with responsible gambling messaging.

Their services also audit whether the sports betting operators are in compliance with the handling of sensitive customer data, such as personal information, financial info, and betting history.

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Dan Holmes

Dan Holmes writes about sports betting, sports media, and sports betting legislative matters. He's the author of three books, and previously reported for Major League Baseball, as well as the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.