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Baillie and Seddon renewed as UKGC commissioners

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) has extended the tenures of John Baillie and Catharine Seddon as commissioners of the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) for a further year.  Baillie and Seddon have served on the UKGC board since 2016, having been appointed by former DCMS Secretary John Whittingdale under the cabinet of PM David Cameron. A former …

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National Lottery Fund grants £13.5m to UK heritage sites

The National Lottery Heritage Fund will provide £13.5 million in local grants through its ‘Heritage Capital Kickstart Fund’ to help revive 22 heritage sites across the UK impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Planned regeneration and maintenance projects from before the pandemic, which are facing delays or increased costs, can now resume thanks to this funding. The Heritage Capital Kickstart Fund is distributed …

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Monzo trials ‘universal gambling block’ with TrueLayer open banking systems

Digital bank Monzo has partnered with compliance and open banking software provider TrueLayer to develop an ‘industry-wide universal gambling block’ solution for the financial services sector.  The Fintech incumbents revealed that they are trialling an ‘open-banking API’ to develop a comprehensive gambling block solution, impeding transactions between financial service providers (banks, credit cards, e-wallets, loans, etc) and gambling businesses. In …

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PWC report highlights consumer ease and indifference towards black market threats

PWC report highlights consumer ease and indifference towards black market threats

A report commissioned by the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC), with the support of William Hill and Entain Plc, has provided evidence of black market threats to the UK’s gambling industry. The BGC commissioned ‘Big 4’ auditor PWC to undertake the ‘evidence-backed primary research’ on black market threats to the UK gambling sector. Findings indicate that although the number of …

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UKGC bans online slots’ autoplay and quickspin features

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The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has announced a ‘package of strict measures’ to be enforced as new protections and controls on online slots games. The decision follows feedback from its public consultation carried out in July 2020 around ‘making online games safer by design’ – in which the Commission reviewed the risk and intensive play elements of online slots. Following …

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Entain launches consumer representation initiative ‘The Player’s Panel’

Entain plc has launched ‘The Player’s Panel,’ a new initiative aimed at ‘giving consumers a voice’ on issues relating to betting and gambling in the UK. The Panel consists of a range of Entain’s customers from across the UK, who participate on a voluntary, unpaid basis. The members will interact with ‘political decision -makers, stakeholders and the media to give …

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Shirt sponsorship ban most likely outcome of 2021 Gambling Review  

The Daily Telegraph has reported this morning that PM Boris Johnson will likely support a ban on gambling industry shirt sponsorships across football.  Citing sources ‘close to Downing Street’, the Telegraph stated that Johnson’s senior cabinet are determined to press ahead with drastic reforms to the UK gambling sector. A ban on shirt sponsorships by gambling brands has been pitched …

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ASA issues final reminder on ‘loot box advertising’ consultation 

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has reminded UK stakeholders that its ‘consultation phase’ requiring evidence on ‘advertising of loot boxes and other in-game purchases’ will close next week on Thursday 28 January.  The UK advertising standards body launched its consultation back in November, following concerns raised by government ‘select committees’ on elements of loot boxes, highlighting in-game purchases. In its …

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Peter Murray: W2 affordability takes central role in the safer gambling arena

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The ‘laser-like’ focus of the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) on player protection, combined with the likely compliance updates from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) led review of the UK Gambling Act, could mean that adoption of W2’s new real-time affordability solution becomes vital for the country’s gaming operators. We spoke to W2 Head of Sales Peter …

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Racing dealt another ‘hammer blow’ as DCMS refuses levy review

The Daily Mail has reported that the UK racing industry has been dealt another ‘hammer blow’ after the government has refused to review the duties and timetable of the Betting levy.  The newspaper cited a letter from DCMS sports minister Nigel Huddleston, who claims that he has ‘made it clear’ that a review of levy terms will not form any …

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