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The RGA operates from London offices (High Holborn House, London, WC1V 6RL) and represents the interests of remote gambling operators not only in Europe but Internationally. Full membership of the RGA is available to licensed remote gambling operators operational within the EEA (European Economic Area), the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man.

The membership of the RGA include most of the largest, licensed and listed remote (or online) gambling companies worldwide. Prominent members are William Hill, Ladbrokes, PartyGaming, 888 and Victor Chandler. The RGA members also includes gaming software suppliers like Microgaming, Cryptologic and Playtech. Online Gaming organizations that do not meet full membership criteria are offered the alternative of Affiliate Membership that entitles them to receive limited support from the RGA.

The RGA negotiates on behalf of the online gaming industry as a whole, often with trades' and employer's organizations,  the media and government bodies.. The RGA also offers its membership advice and assistance in legal matters pertaining to the right to provide remote gambling services. In this connection a key RGA objective is the future creation of a uniform and International remote gambling market where any operator in any country can offer their gaming services across the internet (hence the world) without hindrance.

The RGA encourages its members to meet its agreed high standards of integrity and adopt policies that include for example "social responsibility." To help achieve order and avoid ambiguity the RGA has formulated a code of conduct, compliance with which is a condition of membership (January 2006). The code deals with many social issues that many who oppose online gambling cite as reasons for stricter legislation (or an outright ban). The issues include the prevention underage gambling, players' interests and ethical responsibility in advertising. For example on 29th November 2006 the RGA held a "Responsible Gambling Awareness Day" which was well attended and informative.

The RGA also serves as an informational hub by keeping its membership informed of the latest developments in the remote gambling industry through the usual in-house newspapers, magazines, periodicals and the publication of  books.

Recently (2015) one of the more important initiatives of the RGA has been the stand it has taken against the alleged violation of international law by the US, through the enactment of the UIGEA and the persecution of non-American online gaming operators. The RGA has filed a complaint under a provision of the European Union's Trade Barriers Regulation against the US Department of Justice challenging its discriminatory practices.

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