Tag Archives: The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC)

UKGC highlights lack of ‘means to replace funds’ as reason behind Football Index downfall

Andrew Rhodes, Interim CEO of the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC), has issued a full response to a number of questions asked of the regulator by former customers of football player exchange platform Football Index. Following the collapse of the operator, and its parent company BetIndex, a number of criticisms of the UKGC’s regulatory oversight were raised – although the Commission …

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UKGC alters digital oversight following Football Index investigation

In response to an investigation into the collapse of BetIndex, the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has announced that it will make changes to its regulatory oversight of digital gambling products. The Independent Review highlighted a number of areas for improvement from both the UKGC and the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). In response to the review’s recommendations, the UKGC has introduced …

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APBGG probes UKGC’s competence and effectiveness

The Parliamentary All Party Betting and Gaming Group (APBGG) has initiated an investigation into the ‘competence and effectiveness’ of the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC), as the regulating and licensing authority  of UK gambling. Under the inquiry, licensed operators will be able to issue complaints to the APBGG concerning three categories – whether the UKGC has acted ‘ultra vires’ and gone …

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YGAM healthcare training programme gains parliamentary support

A new training programme established by the Young Gamers and Gamblers Education Trust (YGAM), Betknowmore UK and Bournemouth University has received the support of the Shadow Minister for Mental Health. The tripartite’s ‘Mindful Resilience’ campaign aims to address a lack of knowledge and confidence among health professions in diagnosing children and young people with gaming and gambling addictions. In addition, …

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ReportOn: Regulators will impose ‘onerous requirements’ if industry expectations not met

In the ongoing debate surrounding the UK Gambling Commission’s (UKGC) review of the 2005 Gambling Act, the topic of affordability checks has played a central role.  Discussing the issue in GameOn and Ghostfoundry’s inaugural ReportOn, industry stakeholders from a range of companies shared their views, whilst also commenting on other key gambling industry issues. For Allan Auning-Hansen, CEO of CEGO, …

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FansUnite secures long-awaited UK licence approvals

FansUnite has secured licences from the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC), enabling the Canadian company to provide its B2B technology and B2C betting and gaming services to the British market.  The licences have been granted to FansUnite’s Askott Entertainment Inc and EGG Limited subsidiaries – having submitted applications on 4 March 2021. The licences have significantly boosted the operator’s presence in …

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IBAS argues ‘compelling case’ for gambling ombudsman in annual report

The Independent Betting Adjudication Service (IBAS) has published its annual report for the year 2019/20, reiterating calls for the creation of a gambling ombudsman to handle industry related complaints.  Overall, IBAS found that the volume of formal requests for adjudication were reduced by approximately 15%, largely attributed to the closure of betting shops, racecourses, casinos and bingo clubs, although the number …

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Whittingdale backs DCMS’ evidence-led approach against APPG criticism

John Whittingdale MP, the DCMS Minister overseeing the 2005 Gambling Act review, has responded to a letter from the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Gambling Related Harm (GRH APPG) calling on the government to ‘act in an informed way’ on gambling advertising. Sent on 5 July, the letter concerned a parliamentary discussion held on 25 May, during which Whittingdale responded to …

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1account initiates consultation regarding multiple account holders

1account has initiated a consultation with leading gambling industry figures for views on how digital technology can assist gamblers with tracking their financial position across multiple accounts in real time. The firm has cited research from the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC), the average UK gambler has three betting accounts, whilst younger gamblers are likely to have five or more accounts. …

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