Tag Archives: The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC)

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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UKGC issues update on BetIndex administration as investigation continues

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has released an update on the situation regarding BetIndex, the parent company of football trading exchange Football Index, which remains in administration. Explaining its stance, the regulator stated that it is the responsibility of BetIndex administrators and the courts to resolve the return of funds to customers affected by the collapse of Football Index. The …

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Wag.io rebrands as Mitigatr to implement ‘outside of the box’ approach

Gaming compliance software provider Wag.io has announced its rebranding with new identity Mitigatr, marking a transition into a fully managed affiliate compliance solution. The new brand identity reflects Mitigatr’s change from being a technology provider to offering tech-enabled solutions and end-to-end services for its igaming operator clients. Mitigatr’s team stated that the motivation for the ‘significant rebranding’ arose due to …

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Michael Dugher: No evidence to support gambling advertising ban

BGC pledges to maintain safer gambling momentum

Michael Dugher, Chief Executive of the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC), has voiced his criticisms of calls for a ban on gambling advertising during the upcoming UEFA 2020 European Championship, stating that campaigners’ demands are ‘not backed up by the evidence’. Writing in parliamentary magazine The House, Dugher referenced ITV’s recent decision to ‘significantly reduce’ the number of gambling-related advertisements …

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Marathonbet cleared by ASA following UKGC consultation

A complaint against Marathonbet regarding two separate Facebook features has not been upheld by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), after consulting with the sports betting operator and the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC). The operator posted a Facebook update on 12 August 2020 stating ‘we’re offering 0% margin on the Champions League’, whilst providing a link, with a featured image depicting …

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Football Index £4.5m claims hearing taken to High Court

The High Court of Justice for England and Wales has taken on the hearing regarding the distribution of over £4.5 million in funds to former customers of Football Index. Begbies Traynor, the insolvency practitioners for Football Index parent company BetIndex, initially began to process claims against the company in April, one month after the operators collapse.  After the firm initiated …

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IMGL widens global focus with gaming law magazine launch

In recognition of its global focus and growing membership base, the International Masters of Gaming Law (IMGL) has launched a new magazine covering gambling law. Replacing the firm’s previous jurisdiction-based publication, the new IMGL Magazine will be released on a quarterly basis as a digital publication available to members, in addition to non members involved in partnerships with SBC Gaming, …

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