The Spanish Gambling Authority (DGOJ, in its Spanish acronym) has published on its website a document detailing a number of measures aimed at improving the online players' verification system (one of the key requirements for any operator doing business in Spain). This document is available in Spanish at the DGOJ's website


These improvements are designed to improve the functionality of the system, and are driven by the DGOJ, according to the document posted, upon request of the operators themselves.


The first set of improvements, which implementation is planned to be executed during the course of next summer (ending in October), will provide three particularly relevant technical developments. Firstly, a breakdown of the format error code (COD90?), which will allow knowing why in particular a certain error has occurred. Secondly, the way the service works in testing mode for error COD005 will be redefined, so that when making production tests, the potential behaviour in case of outage subsequently recovered is simulated. Finally, the DGOJ will be launching the possibility of performing the operation "verficaciĆ³ncambiosRIAJ" in a testing environment, without using real data.


The second phase, starting almost at the same time than the implementation of the measures listed above, but which is expected to be accomplished in April 2014, will be more functionality focused and foresees: a new system for notifying the de-registration or non-completed registration of players; and the possibility of validating the user's identity using the EU citizen certificate, or the Foreign Identification Card (TIE, in its Spanish acronym) for players of other nationalities, in situations where the identification process improperly terminated after detecting more than one record sharing the same identifier.


The changes required to adapt the operators' systems to these improvements could be configured as substantial changes affecting critical components, and therefore require prior authorization from the DGOJ for their implementation. In this regard, the document itself offers a number of reflections as a guide for the purposes of facilitating the operators' assessment about whether it is actually necessary to seek such approval.

Posted by Ashley Averill on Wednesday 22 May 2013