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November to December 2020 in Review: Frantic conclusion sees betting prepared for another year under the spotlight

Betting leadership was provided no time to reflect on the events of an unpredictable year, as November and December developments placed the industry’s future on the line… SBC – Betting shakes off its seasonal slumber as UK government triggers long-awaited gambling review…   Betting faces an uncertain end of year close, as country-by-country European governments reviewed their national lockdown policies seeking …

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David Clifton, Licensing Expert: 10 forecasts and a hope for 2021

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12 months ago, 2019 ended with a promise within the Queen’s Speech from the then newly elected Conservative Party government to “carry out a Review of the Gambling Act”. Now, 2020 is ending with that promise being fulfilled. On 8 December 2020, the Gambling Act Review was launched, with a Call for Evidence that runs until midnight on 31 March …

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DCMS pushes for Ofcom to become the regulator of ‘online environments’

The UK government has published its initial white paper on its proposed ‘Online Harms Bill’, putting forward new regulations that will make tech companies responsible for their online environments.  Presenting the white paper to Commons yesterday, UK Digital Secretary Oliver Dowden (DCMS) stated that “trust in tech is falling… that’s bad for the public, and it’s bad for the tech …

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Gambling industry must take ‘holistic approach’ to 2005 Act review

After the DCMS released its policy document, which aims to bring clarity to UK gambling about what the 2005 Gambling Act review will entail, industry experts began examining the terms of reference to assess how these areas may affect their respective operations. Speaking on the ‘Unpicking the Terms of the UK Gambling Act Review‘ webinar, hosted by SBC, Brigid Simmonds, …

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EA prepares to block FIFA Ultimate Team mode amid loot box lawsuits

Electronic Arts (EA) is reviewing its European terms of play related to its ‘Ultimate Team’ mode of the popular FIFA video game series, aiming to avoid further regulatory disputes.   Games industry news sources report that the latest ‘FIFA patch’ features a code input that will allow developers to disable Ultimate Team in certain countries which hold conflicting gambling laws in …

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SBC delivers experts take on the UK Gambling Act Review

The SBC Webinars series continues on Friday 11 December with Unpicking the Terms of The UK Gambling Act Review, an in-depth examination of the potential impact of the review on the betting and gaming industry.  This week the UK Government finally announced the start of the long-awaited review into the Gambling Act 2005, a piece of legislation once touted as …

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Camelot fast tracks National Lottery +18 requirements

Camelot UK has stated that it aims to enforce +18 wagering across the National Lottery’s retail network and online platforms by April of next year. The National Lottery operator issued a response to yesterday’s formal announcement made by the DCMS regarding its wholesale review of UK gambling laws, in which it ensured the minimum age for purchasing National Lottery products …

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DCMS: UK gambling requires a surgical re-wiring for all stakeholders

UK gambling leadership will be evaluating DCMS’ ‘policy document‘ which accompanied the launch of the government’s review of the 2005 Gambling Act.  Addressing the House of Commons, Nigel Huddleston, DCMS Minister for Sport, underlined that his department would take no knee-jerk response in its duties to review UK gambling: “We will listen and gather the evidence required to govern gambling …

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DCMS to pull trigger on Gambling Act review next week

The Guardian has reported that the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) will officially launch its review of the ‘2005 Gambling Act’ next week – undertaking the biggest reform of the UK betting sector since the ‘Blair Era’.  The review, which was marked as a 2019 General Election pledge by PM Boris Johnson, will review all current gambling …

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Winning Post: NHS self-isolates during Safer Gambling Week

Industry leadership and social responsibility advocates should be concerned at the NHS’ cold stance on Safer Gambling Week. Regulus Partners acknowledges the safer gambling initiative’s obvious flaws but states that it should not be discounted as virtue signalling by betting operators.  _________________ The NHS’s decision to criticise ‘Safer Gambling Week’ reveals much about the challenges facing the National Strategy to …

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