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UKGC delays National Lottery timetable to accommodate deeper bid evaluations

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has this morning confirmed that it has extended the timetable of the Fourth National Lottery Competition by a further 10-week period. The decision will see the winner of the multi-billion UK government contract set to be announced in February 2022, as the Commission withdraws its original forecast of aiming to announce the competition’s winner by …

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Rhodes defends UKGC against blowback of Football Index’s administration

Andrew Rhodes, the Interim Chief Executive of the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC), has defended the regulator from criticism of remaining silent during the ongoing administration of Football Index. Rhodes, who took charge of the UKGC last June replacing ousted leader Neil McArthur, took to Twitter to defend the regulator from criticisms related to the administration’s proceedings. “Many have assumed the …

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EC rejects call to reform Expert Group on Gambling  

The European Commission (EC) will not support the re-establishment of an ‘Expert Group on Online Gambling’ – a cross member state collaborative body supported by 14 regulatory agencies. This morning, the Netherlands regulator Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) published the EC’s response to a letter sent by KSA Chairman Rene Jansen on behalf of European regulators requesting to reinstate the group which had …

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Saxony-Anhalt appoints Anne Poggemann as first officer of German Gambling’s supervisory unit 

The Bundesländer of Saxony-Anhalt has confirmed the appointment of Anne Poggemann as the first officer of ‘Glücksspielaufsicht’ – German gambling’s new supervisory authority.  Last year, the state of Saxony-Anhalt was awarded the rights to house German gambling’s first federal supervisory unit, upholding the licensing duties, market standards and compliance obligations of the Fourth Interstate Treaty (GlüNeuRStv) regime. Germany’s re-regulated gambling …

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SBC Digital Italia: Retail gambling faces its ‘adapt-or-die’ moment

Having observed Europe’s strictest national lockdown orders, Italy’s retail incumbents have reawakened to a myriad of new challenges, disrupting all components of their traditional business models. Day-One of the SBC Digital Italia Summit saw market experts shed light on the ‘adapt-or-die’ scenario of Italian gambling finally accepting its digital convergence as incumbents recognise that there will be no return to …

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Charity Commission finds no conflict in YGAM and BGC relationship

The UK Charity Commission has closed its ‘regulatory case’ against the Young Gamers and Gamblers Education Trust (YGAM) after finding no grounds for any further examination.  The regulator had responded to a complaint that raised questions related to YGAM’s relationship with industry standards and trade body the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC). YGAM replied to the complaint by outlining that its …

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Spanish regulators launch ‘Decree Project on Safer Gambling Environments’

Spain’s Ministry of Consumer Affairs has published its draft framework of a ‘decree project’ aiming to establish ‘safer gaming environments’, and further consumer gambling safeguards as a federal mandate governing the gambling sector. The project’s foreword saw the Ministry and gambling regulator DGOJ outline comprehensive protective measures that are required to modernise Spain’s Gambling Law of 2011. According to the …

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William Hill: Striking a positive workplace balance for post-lockdown business

As the sector emerges from COVID-19 lockdowns, the challenge of maintaining a positive balance between workplace safety and business efficiency has been on the minds of leadership teams.  Speaking to SBCNews, Mark Skinner, Chief People Officer at William Hill, discussed the company’s ‘Balance Project’, a hybrid working strategy informed by employee feedback, with the objective of creating a safe and …

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