Leading gaming testing company Gaming Laboratories International has agreed to pay $125,000 to settle a disciplinary action filed by regulators in Nevada, according to a report in CDC Gaming Reports. It is the first time Nevada has disciplined an independent testing lab.
The complaint, filed by the Nevada Gaming Control Board, involved testing GLI performed for the Pulse Arena electronic table game product from Slovenia’s Interblock, which GLI certified in 2016. Regulators said the company issued its certification prior to integrating the system with a separate system from International Game Technology. Emails showed IGT’s system did not act independently from that of Interblock.
GLI also allegedly provided Interblock with sample reports they had completed for other licensed manufacturers, purportedly violating Nevada confidentiality rules.
In July, GLI reached agreement with the Nevada Gaming Commission to settle the case with the $125,000 fine. Attorney Dan Reaser of the Fennemore Craig law firm, representing GLI, told the commission the company has “evaluated” more than 8,500 projects for Nevada in the last six years, and the incident with Interblock means the company had a .00012 error rate.
“While it is important to understand that we have agreed to the allegations of the complaint, had this matter gone forward, we would have vigorously defended (ourselves), and we believe we may well have prevailed on some of the counts,” Reaser said, according to a transcript from the hearing noted in the CDC Gaming report.
GLI General Counsel Kevin Mullally, who signed the settlement, told the Gaming Commission the settlement was the best way to resolve the matter.
“We do not litigate with clients,” Mullally said, according to CDC Gaming Reports. “The Nevada Gaming Control Board is our client. We take direction and control from them, and we want to do things exactly the way they want it done. Sometimes family disagrees.”