Evolution Denies Any Wrongdoing Following Allegations of Illegal Activity
Evolution, the live dealer supplier, has rejected claims that its games are available in countries subject to US trade sanctions, saying that the allegations were from an anonymous third party hoping to discredit the company.
The law firm Calcagni & Kanefsky LLP brought the alleged wrongdoing to the attention of the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (NJDGE), and now Evolution has responded by clarifying the fundamentals of its business model, responsibilities, and operating practices.
The allegations, which saw Evolution’s market capitalization drop by billions, were firmly denied. Evolution explained that it works with regulators and operators to provide tools that block play from specific countries, including those subject to US sanctions.
Evolution claims that players in those countries, such as Syria and Iran, would need to carry out “sophisticated technical manipulation” in order to access its games. It says that this kind of manipulation was used to create the impression that its products are available in sanctioned countries.
It was done through an operator that was a customer of an aggregator offering Evolution games and by using a VPN. It gave the impression that the player was based in a country where the games were available.
Evolution also pointed out that the connection was only made after numerous attempts to connect directly from the original IP address. It criticized the attempt as “a deliberate course of action to circumvent a broadly accepted and well-established process to check users’ geographical location, with the purpose of discrediting Evolution.”
Evolution also explained that its partners must hold licenses for the markets in which they operate, and, in many territories, it also has to be a licensed supplier. However, as Evolution does not deal with players or their money, it is the operator’s responsibility to carry out Know Your Customer (KYC) checks on players.
The company has already contacted the NJDGE as part of its standard operating procedure and launched an internal review in order to answer any questions from the regulator as quickly as possible.