Betsson’s profitable growth stems from a willingness and desire to constantly improve the operations. The Internet-based gaming industry is constantly exposed to a rapidly changing environment, such as changes in legal systems, seasonality and currency fluc¬tuations. In order to be able to manage these situations, it is of great importance that the Group can learn and adapt, but, at the same time, it is vital that Betsson’s customers feel safe and secure with Betsson’s gaming and payment solutions. This per¬meates all Company and Group customer offerings.
In 2014, Betsson commissioned Ernst & Young to conduct sepa¬rate audit assignments, like those that a separate internal audit function normally conducts. Since 2012, the Company has a Global Tax Manager to ensure that it complies with current tax regulations, and in 2013, internal control was strengthened by a separate business controller function, with responsibility in the budget and follow-up process.
As a complement to the Group’s own internal auditing activities, operations are also monitored by several independent parties. Betsson is licensed in Malta by the Lotteries and Gaming Authorities (LGA). In order to obtain and maintain licenses, the Company’s routines and processes must meet certain quality standards. LGA scrutinizes operations in order to ensure that the Company meets all of the requirements. Betsson’s companies are also PCI-compatible for secure card transactions, and coope¬rate with several large banks. As a result, all credit card infor-mation is handled securely and the Company meets the highest security standards as regards payments, withdrawals and deposits.
All private information transferred to and from Betsson sites is encrypted by Verisign SSL and is monitored 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The random number generator behind Betsson’s casino games, which guarantees fair gaming, has been tested and approved by independent third parties, including Itech Labs, Gaming Laboratories International (GLI), Quinel, and eCogra. In order to ensure that the poker software always produces random numbers, independent controllers test the random number generator (RNG) on a monthly basis. These monthly reports are published on an ongoing basis. Certain players cheat by using “poker bot” programs to make decisions during the game. Betsson has secured the poker table against the use of these programs via Botguard; in order for players to feel secure and confident that they are playing under the same technical conditions as all of the other poker players.
The Audit Committee bears the preparatory responsibility within the Board to ensure compliance with the established principles of internal control. The President and CFO are responsible, on a continuous basis, for taking appropriate steps to maintain good internal control. Each Company function is responsible for executing the internal control within its relevant operational area, based on stated conditions. Reports are prepared on an on-going basis at all levels.