Tag Archives: UK Gambling Commission (UKGC)

APBGG: DCMS must define remit and duties of ‘under-performing’ UKGC

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has been branded an “under-performing regulator’ that has acted beyond its powers by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Betting and Gaming (APBGG) providing recommendations to the 2005 Gambling Act Review.  Publishing its ‘Investigation into the Competence and Effectiveness of the Gambling Commission’, the cross-party group described the Commission as having gone’ rogue’ and adopting an …

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Former Minister Whittingdale issues black market warning at BGC AGM

The issue of black market operators has been raised once again as John Whittingdale, the former DCMS Minister tasked with overseeing the 2005 Gambling Act review, addressed the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC)’s AGM yesterday. Speaking to the assembled BGC delegates, Whittingdale – who served as Minister of State for Media and Data between February 2020 and September 2021 – …

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Campaigners call for National Lottery restructuring due to good causes funds

Gambling reform advocates, including MPs, have called for an overhaul of the National Lottery – specifically in relation to the funding of good causes according to The Guardian. The outlet has reported that politicians such as Sir Iain Duncan Smith have called for a fixed percentage of the National Lottery operator’s revenue to be directed towards civic causes.   With the …

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Esports Technologies expands intellectual property holdings with latest patent

Esports Technologies has filed a patent for a ‘”Financial Instrument Performance-Based Pari-Mutuel Betting System and Method’ to offer a pool betting market for its customers.  Developed by the esports betting operator with the aim of strengthening player engagement and delivering a faster betting service to its customers, the new system uses an ‘electronic betting experience’ using a group of financial …

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Evolution strengthens UK presence after securing Ezugi entry

Live casino provider Ezugi has secured its entry into the British market, operating under the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) licence of its parent company, Evolution Gaming. The brand, which has been part of Evolution since 2018, will hold UKGC, games, studio and security accreditations, with 11 of its games identified as being ‘most in-demand’ fully certified for launch.  Lauding the …

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Stake.com links with Swindon Town following UK entry

Stake.com has moved to strengthen its brand presence in the UK following its launch in the country, signing an agreement with Swindon Town FC. The partnership between the cryptocurrency betting and gaming operator will see its logo featured on the League Two team’s shirt sleeves for its Emirates FA Cup Third Round match against Manchester City tomorrow night (7 January). …

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Michael Dugher: Ministers ‘walking a tightrope’ on Gambling Act balancing

With the White Paper and subsequent outcomes of the 2005 Gambling Act review due to be revealed this year, the legislative overhaul could have substantial political impacts.  This is according to Michael Dugher, Chief Executive of the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC), in a comment piece published in The Telegraph this morning. As argued by the BGC Chief, the outcomes …

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Year in Review Part Four – UKGC reaches conclusions and M&A sagas come to a close

The final quarter of the year saw huge news across a range of areas of the international betting and gaming industry, as two major acquisition sagas concluded – with differing results – and the UKGC made a number of important announcements.  In the second half of 2021, the betting sector closely followed a prominent transatlantic development, as major US player …

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Year in Review Part Two: Bidding battle for Hills and legislative backlash in Germany

The second quarter of 2021 saw major developments across the European betting industry, as Germany introduced a new tax regime, British regulators came under increasing scrutiny and a major bidding contest got underway. In Germany, April saw the ratification of the federal Fourth Interstate Treaty on Gambling (GlüNeuRStV) by the Bundesländer of Saxony-Anhalt, following approval by 13 other states.  The …

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Year in Review Part One: Gambling Act review commences and firms count the costs of 2020

As 2021 began, the UK betting sector was fixated with the onset of the review of the 2005 Gambling Act review, the outcomes of which would become clearer as the year progressed. The overhaul of the UK’s regulatory gambling regime did not just catch the eye of industry leaders, however, as Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak voiced his concerns …

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