Tag Archives: UKGC

UKGC extends research consultation until the end of February

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The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has extended the consultation phase of its feedback on its research methodologies with regards to gambling participation and how problem gambling prevalence is measured across the country.     The consultation, which was originally due to close on 12 February, has been extended by a further two-weeks to Friday 26 February. It will give respondents more time …

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Donoughue cuts ties with All-Party Betting & Gaming Group

The All-Party Betting & Gaming Group will no longer host independent seminars debating and analysing UK gambling industry policies after a decision was made to restrict the group’s activities.  Steve Donoughue, Group Secretariat, sent an email to members confirming the closure of the APPG following the appointment of Laurence Robertson, Conservative MP for Tewkesbury, as the group’s new Chair. The email …

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UKGC to close data and research consultation 

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The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has issued its final call on evidence with regards to how it should reshape its research methodologies measuring UK gambling participation. The consultation was launched on 18 December 2020, with the Commission seeking input from diverse stakeholders on its approach to gathering data and information on UK gambling participation and problem gambling prevalence statistics. Closing …

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David Clifton, Licensing Expert: Gambling Commission dominates early 2021 headlines

As I write this, the last week has seen a huge amount of information emanating from the Gambling Commission. We have seen it publish a short online survey, seemingly aimed at the general public, urging them to have their say on how gambling companies interact with their customers, with a particular focus on affordability. It runs until 9 February, the …

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Ulrik Bengtsson: Government has a duty to protect gambling from black market threats 

William Hill CEO Ulrik Bengtsson has stood by today’s publication of the PWC report on black-market threats impacting the UK gambling sector.  Commissioned by the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) with the support of William Hill and Entain Plc – PWC’s industry report will be presented to DCMS as evidence in the department’s ongoing review of the 2005 Gambling Act. …

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BGC: New evidence shows UK gambling is ‘sleepwalking’ towards a black-market disaster  

BGC pledges to maintain safer gambling momentum

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has warned the government about the ‘dangers of complacency’ in underestimating the growth of black-market threats on UK gambling.  The trade body referred to a PWC report published this morning which reveals that the number of British punters using black market websites to place bets has more than doubled. Tracking players over the period …

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UKGC highlights vital feedback of Lived Experience Advisory Panel

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has hosted the first meeting of its ‘Lived Experience Advisory Panel’ providing first-hand accounts and insights on gambling harms, risks and addictions. Beginning in June, the Commission has been working to establish a ‘lived experience group’ to form part of its wider ‘Experts by Experience’ group, providing advice and recommendations on the development of UKGC’s …

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BGC supports online slot safer gameplay changes

BGC pledges to maintain safer gambling momentum

The Betting & Gaming Council (BGC) has welcomed new safer gameplay and design rules on slots sanctioned yesterday by the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC). From the 31 October, the UKGC will enforce new measures banning, online slots’ autoplay and quickspin gameplay, whilst also prohibiting game design features such as images and sounds that ‘celebrate losses as wins’. The BGC maintains …

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Playtech shareholders revolt on succession duties

Playtech Plc faces a shareholder revolt with regards to how the company handled succession duties following the departure of Alan Jackson as Non-Executive Chairman last year. The Times reported that shareholders of the FTSE250 technology group are unhappy that Playtech’s board suspended its executive search for Jackson’s replacement last May – a move that saw Claire Milne extend her role …

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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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