Tag Archives: UKGC

UKGC responds to Football Index backlash

Following public concerns, the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has this afternoon published further information on its investigation and licence suspension of BetIndex – the operating company of under administration Football Index.  The Commission states that its formal license review proceedings began on 20 May 2020, following concerns about the business. Initial review proceedings focused on ‘issues in relation to the …

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In Touch Games fined £3.4m for customer care and AML failings  

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has taken regulatory action against multi-brand mobile casino operator In Touch Games Ltd for failings with its social responsibility, money laundering and customer communications duties. In Touch – which operates the mobile casino portfolio of MFortune, MrSpin, CashMo, PocketWin and SlotFactory.com – has been fined with regulatory penalties totalling £3.4 million. The Commission has placed …

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UKGC comes under fire from Football Index collapse

Pressure is mounting on the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) to explain the fallout of Football Index – the football player trading platform which entered insolvency proceedings last week citing that it could no longer maintain its business due to liquidity issues. John Whittingdale, DCMS’ new undersecretary overseeing UK gambling laws, is reported to have held ‘frank discussions’ with the Commission’s …

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GambleAware study recognises deep contrasts of UK online gambling

GambleAware has published the findings of its ‘interim research’ conducted by the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen) on the gambling habits of ‘close to 140,000 active online gambling accounts’. The research undertaken between July 2018 and June 2019 was commissioned to provide gambling stakeholders with a greater understanding of online gambling customer behaviours and habits. The intelligence, gathered in …

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David Clifton, Licensing Expert: Vital Statistics – Measuring the extent of gambling reforms required in the UK

As the well-known saying goes, “there are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics”. It was wrongly attributed to the nineteenth century UK Prime Minister, Benjamin Disraeli, but that’s not going to stop me from using it as the starting point for this monthly round-up of UK gambling law and regulation. Fast forward 150 years from Disraeli’s time …

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Football Index suspends business as it enters administration

Football Index has this morning confirmed that it has entered administration, suspending all trades on its platform.  Issuing a player update, Football Index confirmed that the decision had been taken following consultations with the Gambling Commissions of the UK (UKGC) and Jersey (JGC).  Last weekend, Football Index was hit by a ‘customer exodus’, as traders withdrew accounts from its platform …

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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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UKGC deepens Lived Experience Panel’s policy feedback role 

Neil McArthur

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has cited a successful first meeting of its Lived Experience Advisory Panel, which will maintain a prominent role in how the Commission reshapes its public policies.  This week, panel members held their first meetings with the Commission’s Experts by Experience Group, providing first-hand accounts of lived consequences of gambling harms and addiction. Established as a …

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Winning Post: Coming out of lockdown… Here comes the tricky part!

As UK business and society have been provided with their pathways out of lockdown in H2 2021. Regulus Partners states that UK gambling is in for a rude awakening as covid triggers the industry’s generational change. Over the course of the last week, Britain has been given its (likely) path out of lockdown, statistics on online gambling activity which provides …

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Tim Miller: UK gambling still requires its ‘single customer viewpoint’

Tim Miller, the Executive Director of Research and Statistics for the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC), has presented the findings of the first ‘National Strategic Assessment’ which evaluates the Commission’s response to risks and duties.   The assessment was framed on the evidence of the four key elements of the person gambling, the places where gambling occurs, the products available to customers …

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