Tag Archives: Betting and Gaming Council (BGC)

Safer Gambling Week to ‘see a blitz’ of omni-channel messaging

The UK’s four betting and gaming industry trade associations have confirmed that this year’s Safer Gambling Week will take place between 17-23 October. Issuing a joint update, the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC), Bingo Association, Lotteries Council and amusements representative Bacta pledged to ‘build on last year’s record breaking success’. The organisations stated that this year’s event will feature a …

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BGC lauds industry for ‘driving higher standards’ with new safer gaming code

The UK’s three gaming sector trade associations have announced a new ‘Safer Game Design Code’ for land-based gaming machines.  Members of the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC), amusements representative Bacta and the Bingo Association have collaborated during the COVID-19 pandemic to design the code that will address risks in game design features. The cross sector initiative will ensure machines no …

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ASA: Children’s exposure to TV gambling ads falls by a quarter over past decade

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has published a report into children’s exposure to TV gambling and alcohol advertising over the past decade.  According to the authority, the number of gambling ads seen by young people has fallen from an average of three per week in 2010 to 2.2 per week in 2021, with exposure to such commercials relative to adults …

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GBGB to probe benefits of increased betting industry welfare contributions

The Greyhound Board of Great Britain (GBGB) has issued an update on its welfare commitment, detailing progress across a number of areas. Notably, the sporting body has focused on the British betting industry’s contribution to greyhound welfare standards, noting that its strategy can ‘only be released’ with the sector’s long-term funding.  Building on this, the GBGB states that it will …

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GambleAware lauds ‘Big Four’ donations but decries ‘inconsistent approach’

GambleAware has published its list of corporate donors for the 12 months ending 31 March 2022, revealing that the ‘Big Four’ group of UK operators generated 89% of all contributions. The responsible and safer gambling organisation updated that Entain, Flutter Entertainment and William Hill all made donations in the millions, with total industry contributions to GambleAware reaching £34.7 million. The continued …

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BGC lauds industry’s efforts as Commission reports 0.2% problem gambling rate

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has revealed that the country’s problem gambling rate has dropped for another year to 0.2%, prompting the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) to praise the industry’s efforts.  Issuing an update, the UKGC demonstrated that problem gambling rates had consistently fallen year-on-year from 2020 onwards, with the March 2020 figure standing at 0.6%, falling to 0.4% …

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BGC delivers debut Gambling Anti-Money Laundering Group workshop

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has completed the first Training Day for the Gambling Anti-Money Laundering Group (GAMLG), in a bid to drive high standards and encourage best practice. Topics of discussion during the day-long session was consideration of key emerging risks, best practice and developments, which the standards body stated was a reflection of ‘the diversity of compliance …

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Campaigners call for Scottish greyhound racing ban

The Scottish SPCA, one of Scotland’s leading animal welfare organisations, has called on MSPs to initiate a ban on greyhound racing in the country. In a letter to Scottish legislators, the body’s Chief Superintendent, Mike Flynn, described greyhound racing as an ‘outdated industry’ and pointed to cases of death and injury to greyhounds, as well as alleged use of steroids, …

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BGC: Industry is ‘supercharged’ to welcome visitors in English Tourism Week

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has stated that the UK’s gambling sector is ready to welcome international visitors through its doors after two years of travel and opening restrictions.  With travel restrictions to the UK easing as the country emerges from COVID-19 lockdown and safety conditions, the BGC has reiterated the financial contribution the gaming industry makes via international …

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YouGov research ‘lends credence’ to industry black market concerns

Fears of a prominent black market have been repeatedly made clear by the British betting and gaming sector as the 2005 Gambling Act review continues, with YouGov data often cited.  Issuing an update, YouGov provided a breakdown of its findings with regards to black market usage, revealing that 17% of British bettors would wager on sports via unlicensed sites if …

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