January 7, 2004 (London, UK) – CryptoLogic Inc., a leading software developer to the Internet gaming and e-commerce industries, is pleased to announce another important milestone in its European growth. The Ritz Club London Online (www.theritzclublondon.com), a prestigious UK gaming brand, has used CryptoLogic-developed technology to establish an online casino in Alderney – one of the industry’s most strictly regulated jurisdictions in the world.
CryptoLogic is at the regulatory forefront as one of the few gaming software companies in the world that complies with the most exacting requirements. This commitment to the highest integrity is evidence by its software certification in Alderney, through WagerLogic, a wholly owned subsidiary of CryptoLogic, and together with The Ritz Club London, a customer since 2002.
“CryptoLogic and The Ritz Club London share a strong commitment to safe, secure and responsible online gaming,” said Lewis Rose, CryptoLogic’s President and CEO. “We are proud to partner with The Ritz Club London to set up its online casino in Alderney – a world-leading regulated market. Today’s announcement marks another regulatory milestone for us as we capitalize on exciting growth prospects in the UK and Europe.”
As the global movement to regulate Internet gaming gains momentum, CryptoLogic’s experience and acceptance in multiple highly regulated jurisdictions such as Alderney and the Isle of Man give the company a competitive advantage as more land-based operators migrate to regulated markets for interactive gaming. In seeking certification, CryptoLogic, its directors, senior officers and WagerLogic are subject to stringent government review and its software undergoes rigorous third party independent testing. The company’s compliance initiatives provide an excellent platform for long-term growth as the UK also moves to regulate remote gaming.
“The Ritz Club London is synonymous with quality and trust, and CryptoLogic has carried that tradition to our Internet casino,” said Malcolm Graham, Managing Director, The Ritz Club London Online. “This exceptional software enables us to deliver a premium gaming experience to both our existing land based members and a new online player base, while operating from one of the best regulatory environments for online gaming.”
“We are pleased with the decision of both Ritz Interactive and CryptoLogic to launch The Ritz Club London Online in Alderney and are satisfied that the casino operations and the gaming software comply with all our regulatory requirements,” added André Wilsenach, Chief Executive Officer of the Alderney Gambling Control Commission.
About CryptoLogic (www.cryptologic.com)
Focused on integrity and innovation, CryptoLogic Inc. is a leading software development company serving the global Internet gaming market. The company’s proprietary technologies enable secure, high-speed financial transactions over the Internet. CryptoLogic continues to develop state-of-the-art Internet software applications for both the electronic commerce and Internet gaming industries. WagerLogic Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of CryptoLogic, is responsible for the licensing of its gaming software and services to customers worldwide. For more information on WagerLogic, visit www.wagerlogic.com.
CryptoLogic’s common shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange (symbol: CRY), the Nasdaq National Market (symbol: CRYP) and the London Stock Exchange (symbol: CRP). There are currently 12.3 million common shares outstanding.
About The Ritz Club (www.theritzclublondon.com)
The Ritz Club London is the essence of fine gaming and part of the rich Ritz heritage that dates back to 1906. Situated in the former ballroom of London’s historic Ritz Hotel, the prestigious and exclusive club appeals to the true connoisseur of luxury and elegance. The Ritz Club London places great emphasis on ensuring that the highest standards of operating procedures are constantly upheld. The brand and reputation of The Ritz Club London are important factors in maintaining its international and loyal following amongst its members.
The Ritz Club London Online is a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Ritz Club London, established to pursue online, wireless and interactive television-related gaming activity.
About Alderney Gambling Control Commission
The Alderney Gambling Control Commission was established in May 2000, and regulates gambling on behalf of the States of Alderney. The single most important policy of the Commission is to provide a regulatory environment that meets ‘world-class’ standards and thereby both protects the reputation of Alderney and attracts ‘world-class’ operations. The Commission has therefore positioned itself to offer a regulatory environment that is likely to attract operators who seek a comprehensive and tightly controlled regime. These are for the most part the major gambling operators who have brands that they wish to protect and who wish to be able to demonstrate to the regulators of their immensely valuable terrestrial casinos that they observe similar high standards when operating outside their normal jurisdiction.
Alderney, the third largest of the British Channel Islands has its own government, legislature and company laws and is a center for investment, finance, e-commerce, e-gaming and e-betting.
For more information, please contact:
CryptoLogic, (416) 545-1455
Jim Ryan, Chief Financial Officer
Argyle Rowland, (416) 968-7311 (North American media)
Nancy Chan-Palmateer, Director of Communications
Daniel Tisch, ext. 223/
Melissa Chang, ext. 239/
Financial Dynamics, + 44 20 7831 3113 (UK media)
Published on: 12:00AM on 7th January 2004