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Formal launch for Social Gaming Association

Written By: Maya Michaels | November 22, 2012 | Posted In Poker News

The Social Gaming Association (SGA) has formally released, hoping to offer the industry with ‘a united voice and a unified set of socially responsible standards’. The SGA also stated that it wishes to deal with the worries of industry detractors as well as having a proactive role in educating policy makers worried about social gaming.

Executive Director of the SGA, Stuart Tilly said “The Social Gaming Association has been established to unify all of the publishers, suppliers, investors and entrepreneurs within the social gaming community as a united front to protect and further the legal, regulatory and commercial interests of this vibrant and dynamic industry,”

The SGA’s main goal is the growth and development of a self-imposed, socially responsible code of conduct for its members, but it will also monitor key legal, regulatory and commercial developments within the industry; challenge discriminatory laws against social gaming; teach regulators and other key policy decision makers; and give a forum for members to openly share thoughts and debate problems that are affecting the industry. The SGA will also assist industry focused charitable causes and other socially responsible initiatives.

Membership to the SGA is now open, with possible {applicants|candidates} able to join as one of five member classes. The free, basic membership package can be obtained by anyone with a desire for Social Gaming including start-ups, providers to the industry, venture capitalists and policy makers. Paid membership packages are accessible for game publishers, governments seeking to get access to the SGA’s real-time information library and for founded suppliers to the industry.

Recognised membership will provide game publishers a compliance kite-mark acknowledging that they have attained the requirements of the SGA.

A statement from the SGA read ‘Accreditation will provide publishers, their players and their investors, confidence that the publisher is acting in a socially responsible manor, and that their games meet the standards as set forth by the industry,’.

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