In 1999, few individuals working within lotteries setup an independent sharing-information system on sports betting, named “Matchinfo”. This voluntary cooperation led to the setup of a monitoring system which started informally in 2005 when the European Lotteries Association signed a MoU with UEFA. ELMS (European Lottery Monitoring System) was then officially created in 2009. In 2012 following a proposal of WLA, a working-expert group was created to prepare the globalisation of ELMS, which became effective in January 2015 and went live as 1 June 2015.
At the beginning of January 2018, GLMS operations were further globalised, with the launch of a new operational hub in Hong Kong, ensuring local presence in Asia and launching at the same time a brand new and customized global monitoring system.
GLMS over the whole year 2018 has increased its membership base (with additional individual and associate members having joined GLMS), enhancing the quality of its operations, and creating solid administrative and operational processes. GLMS has been also been working to ensure effective communication and visibility of the GLMS activities, projects, achievements, and services. GLMS is now a well-known and well-respected global integrity network, working with the most respected partners and stakeholders worldwide.