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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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Innovation, regulation and new markets: what to expect in 2020

Speaking at the SBC Awards 2019, a number of key figures in the industry gave their thoughts on what they believed would be the biggest trends, challenges, and opportunities in 2020. With new markets beginning to open up, a number of the awards winners pointed out that the industry should be keeping a close eye on a post-PASPA US market. …

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BGC plays straight bat to NHS demands over marketing

The National Health Service (NHS) has demanded that gambling operators take ‘urgent action’ and stop taking credit card transactions ahead of the ban in April, VIP experiences and even bet to view streaming of sports.  In a letter to the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC), NHS England‘s National Mental Health Director Claire Murdoch has called for a ban on promotions …

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Regulus Partners: Britain’s gambling review signals time for industry to go high

Following the confirmation of the UKGC’s anticipated credit card ban, industry strategic consultancy Regulus Partners focuses on how the gambling industry should embrace diversity of outlook when it comes to the imposition of new policies, while at the same time insisting on intellectual rigour and honesty.  The subject of independence and the need to exclude bias from vested interest are …

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Bingo: Why diversification is key to breaking from the crowd

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It’s undeniable that in a market as competitive as iGaming, diversification is paramount when attracting new customers writes Claire McDaid, VP of Bingo at Pragmatic Play. Ever-increasing competition from new suppliers rapidly entering the market has led operators to undertake more streamlined relationships with their providers. The higher level of competition has also forced these operators to focus their resources …

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David Clifton: Licensing Expert – Changes loom on the horizon

As I write this, we are just two weeks into the new year – or indeed the new decade, as some would have us believe. Either way, what a start it’s been for the UK gambling industry! We ended 2019 with confirmation that the newly elected Conservative Party government intends to act speedily to fulfil its General Election manifesto promise …

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All-in Diversity: Inclusivity is a core dynamic in gambling’s new decade

Industry non-profit All-In Diversity Group (AIDP) will celebrate its third year in operations at ICE 2020. Founders Christina Thakor-Rankin and Kelly Kehn told SBC how workplace diversity and inclusivity has risen in significance amongst industry governance ranks, whilst All-In research has disclosed vital findings on corporate culture and industry peculiarities.  ___________________ SBC: One of the industry’s younger organisations AIDP was …

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UKGC confirms credit card ban inbound for 14 April 2020

Issuing its first regulatory enforcement of 2020, the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has this morning confirmed that it has sanctioned its widely anticipated ban on credit card transactions carried across all UK gambling verticals. The Commission plans to implement its credit card ban from 14 April 2020, giving licensed incumbents three months to undertake all necessary adjustments. Citing that UK …

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Ukraine Rada begins ‘draft assessments’ but can it separate good from the bad and the ugly

Following the Christmas break, Ukraine MPs return to the Rada (parliament), in which the first readings of Ukraine’s newly planned gambling regulatory framework are scheduled to take place this week. The closing months of 2019 saw seven draft regulatory proposals put to the Rada, detailing little cross-party consensus on how Ukraine should end its 10-year gambling hiatus established under the …

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Philip Canavan: ‘ASA legislation cannot be taken lightly’

SEM Global’s director and founder Philip Canavan has emphasised how operators need to be more meticulous in abiding by advertising guidelines following the Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) banning a Betway ad that featured West Ham’s Declan Rice. Betway were found to be in breach of CAP Code (Edition 12) rule 16.3.14 (Gambling), which states that betting operators are prohibited from featuring under-25s …

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