The International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA) has formed a partnership with Jdigital, the Spanish online gambling trade body, having reached a memorandum of understanding.
Under the terms of the partnership, the two organisations will work to develop a framework for cooperation and coordination.
Additionally, the partners will organise projects aimed at promoting regulated betting markets with high consumer channelling and associated consumer, sports and operator integrity protection measures.
“This partnership is a clear sign of Jdigital’s commitment with safe and responsible gambling,” said Andrea Vota, Director General of Jdigital.
“Betting is the main activity of online gambling in Spain and it is the industry’s will to keep this segment a safe, trustworthy one. We are excited to start collaborating with IBIA, who we consider the best partner in this crusade.”
Joint activity will focus strongly on the continuing evolution of the Spanish betting and gaming market, which like many other sectors is currently undergoing public and political oversight and scrutiny with regards to issues such as taxation and loot boxes.
Khalid Ali, CEO of IBIA, added: “Spain is an important market for IBIA members, many of which are also part of Jdigital. A closer alliance between our associations, therefore, makes perfect sense, especially with the expected offshore channelization challenges to the Spanish market from the recent advertising and sponsorship restrictions.
“IBIA will be working closely with our colleagues at Jdigital to utilise our unique international data to inform and enhance the integrity of that market and its sporting events.”
Jdigital’s new betting integrity partnership follows the strengthening of its problem gambling treatment operations via a partnership with Spanish therapy group FEJAR in February 2021, promoting a freephone support helpline.
The addition of Jdigital to IBIA’s extensive list of international partners, most recently extended last month through the integration of the Argent Group’s Beigian gaming firm Gaming1.