Gaming Laboratories International (GLI) has retained its status as the only test lab to be continually recognized by the Illinois Gaming Board since the opening of the state’s first casinos in 1991, with recognition granted again this week to perform testing and certification services for riverboat casino and video gaming markets in the Prairie State. 

In a statement, the firm said it has repeatedly outscored other testing labs in independently administered competitive bidding processes to evaluate the quality, value, and comprehensiveness of testing services most appropriate for the complex Illinois gaming market. Its license under the rules recently promulgated by the Board means that customers will have a seamless transition under the new licensing rules.

“The Illinois riverboat casino and video gaming market requires a thorough understanding of the technical requirements, rules and procedures for the approval of gaming equipment,” said Global Manager of Technical Compliance Peter Wolff. “GLI’s 28 years of experience working in this environment is essential to performing a proper and timely product evaluation for Illinois. Knowing the details is critical to success, and no one understands those details like GLI.”

Since 1991, the test lab has certified approximately 67,000 components for the Illinois riverboat gaming market. Additionally, it is the only lab to ever have been recognized to test for the video gaming market and since 2010 has certified just under 5,000 components.

“We have invested heavily in developing our team of experts devoted to servicing the Illinois gaming market,” said GLI President and CEO James Maida. “Our dedicated Illinois staff meets twice weekly with IGB staff to ensure projects stay on track and that our testing efficiently meets the high standards of the Illinois regulators. Doing this requires specialized knowledge and experience – it is not a service you can just create out of air.”