Tag Archives: The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC)

UKGC faces pressure to release Betway ownership details

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) is facing pressure to reveal the details of Betway’s ownership, with the Daily Mail claiming the operator’s ownership structure is lacking transparency. Betway has recently come under fire from some anti-gambling campaigners regarding its use of gambling incentives. According to the UKGC, however, UK licence holders are required to provide detailed information to the regulator …

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UKGC forms three groups to address safer gambling standards

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has confirmed that it will create three new focus groups to help facilitate the implementation of safer gambling standards. Led by senior leaders in the gambling industry, the three collaboration groups will focus on game and product design, advertising technology and high value customer incentives to gamble. The initiative, which is said to be the …

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GVC tops the list of GambleAware donations for Q1-Q3

Recent figures released by industry charity GambleAware have listed GVC Holdings, William Hill and Flutter Entertainment as the top three donors to the charity for the period 1 April 2019 – 31 December 2019. For the first three quarters of the year, the industry charity had received £7.6m in voluntary contributions, however this does not include funds received through regulatory …

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BGC welcomes GAMSTOP roll out and credit card ban

The betting and gaming industry has taken the new restrictions on credit card payments and enhanced self exclusion requirements as a mainly positive move from the regulator, although there is still some confusion around why there remains some products outside the scope of the new regulations. Brigid Simmonds OBE, Chairman of the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC), welcomed the move …

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UKGC launches consultation on society lottery reform

The UK Gambling Commission has launched a new public consultation which will consider the current regulatory requirements in place for society lotteries to ensure that issues related to the fair and open licensing objective, regarding transparency to consumers, are addressed. The consultation, which was launched on 19 December and will run until 12 March 2020, will make proposals to strengthen …

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Updated AML regulations to come into force in January says UKGC

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has confirmed that the updated Money Laundering Regulations, which will oversee the implementation of the EU 5th Money Laundering Directive, will come into force on 10 January 2020. The changes to the AML requirements will mean that all land-based and remote casino operators licensed by the UKGC must continue to carry out business reviews ‘and …

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Swedish regulator launches regulatory awareness campaign

The Swedish Gambling Authority (Spelinspektionen) has launched a new two-week nationwide campaign which will raise awareness of the country’s gambling regulations. The campaign will begin in late December and will last until early January, with ads to feature outdoors, on locations such as billboards, print media and on digital channels. Anders Sims, communications manager at Spelinspektionen, commented: “By telling people …

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UKGC signs memorandum of understanding with Spelinspektionen

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with its Swedish counterpart, Spelinspektionen. The new agreement is hoped to strengthen the collaboration between the two regulators, having come into effect on 11 November 2019. Under the terms of the partnership, the duo will collaborate in sharing best practice on areas such as regulatory policies and procedures. …

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UK betting commits to new ‘five core’ safer gambling measures

Chief Executives from a number of UK betting companies have signed up to a new package of safer gambling commitments, which will place a focus on mitigating the associated risks of gambling.  The CEOs from Aspers, bet365, Caesars, Flutter Entertainment, Genting, GVC Holdings, Playtech, Rank Group, Sky Betting & Gaming and William Hill have all committed to the new set …

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Cross-party MPs call for £2 stake limit on online slots

In a bid to mitigate the risks associated with online gambling, the Gambling Related Harm All-Party Parliamentary Group (GRH APPG) has requested that a £2 limit is introduced on all online slot machine games. The request follows on from a six-month review into the impacts of problem gambling, with the group underlining that further action from the Government and the …

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