Tag Archives: UKGC

David Clifton, Licensing Expert: Gambling Commission dominates early 2021 headlines

As I write this, the last week has seen a huge amount of information emanating from the Gambling Commission. We have seen it publish a short online survey, seemingly aimed at the general public, urging them to have their say on how gambling companies interact with their customers, with a particular focus on affordability. It runs until 9 February, the …

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Ulrik Bengtsson: Government has a duty to protect gambling from black market threats 

William Hill CEO Ulrik Bengtsson has stood by today’s publication of the PWC report on black-market threats impacting the UK gambling sector.  Commissioned by the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) with the support of William Hill and Entain Plc – PWC’s industry report will be presented to DCMS as evidence in the department’s ongoing review of the 2005 Gambling Act. …

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BGC: New evidence shows UK gambling is ‘sleepwalking’ towards a black-market disaster  

BGC pledges to maintain safer gambling momentum

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has warned the government about the ‘dangers of complacency’ in underestimating the growth of black-market threats on UK gambling.  The trade body referred to a PWC report published this morning which reveals that the number of British punters using black market websites to place bets has more than doubled. Tracking players over the period …

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UKGC highlights vital feedback of Lived Experience Advisory Panel

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has hosted the first meeting of its ‘Lived Experience Advisory Panel’ providing first-hand accounts and insights on gambling harms, risks and addictions. Beginning in June, the Commission has been working to establish a ‘lived experience group’ to form part of its wider ‘Experts by Experience’ group, providing advice and recommendations on the development of UKGC’s …

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BGC supports online slot safer gameplay changes

BGC pledges to maintain safer gambling momentum

The Betting & Gaming Council (BGC) has welcomed new safer gameplay and design rules on slots sanctioned yesterday by the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC). From the 31 October, the UKGC will enforce new measures banning, online slots’ autoplay and quickspin gameplay, whilst also prohibiting game design features such as images and sounds that ‘celebrate losses as wins’. The BGC maintains …

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Playtech shareholders revolt on succession duties

Playtech Plc faces a shareholder revolt with regards to how the company handled succession duties following the departure of Alan Jackson as Non-Executive Chairman last year. The Times reported that shareholders of the FTSE250 technology group are unhappy that Playtech’s board suspended its executive search for Jackson’s replacement last May – a move that saw Claire Milne extend her role …

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UKGC bans online slots’ autoplay and quickspin features

Neil McArthur

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has announced a ‘package of strict measures’ to be enforced as new protections and controls on online slots games. The decision follows feedback from its public consultation carried out in July 2020 around ‘making online games safer by design’ – in which the Commission reviewed the risk and intensive play elements of online slots. Following …

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UKGC seeks guidance on customer interactions

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The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has launched a further consultation seeking guidance on ‘how online gambling companies interact with their customers’.  The Commission aims to gather wide-ranging insights and opinions from businesses, employees and their customers on ‘what protections should be offered by online gambling operators to prevent harms to their customers’. UK online gambling laws require licensed operators to …

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GambleAware: ‘Inequality is a social barrier to treatment’

Hosting its eighth ‘Annual Conference’ online, GambleAware welcomed its broadest set of stakeholders as it continues to work within public policy, national health, education, criminal justice and the gambling sector to collaborate on the ‘treatment of gambling harms’.  Opening the conference’s schedule, GambleAware Chair Kate Lampard (CBE) acknowledged that – similar to many charitable and public organisations – 2020 had …

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White Hat Gaming strengthens social responsibility standards following UKGC investigation

White Hat Gaming strengthens social responsibility standards following UKGC investigation

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has ordered White Hat Gaming to pay a £1.3 million regulatory settlement after an investigation identified ‘inadequate anti-money laundering and social responsibility procedures’. The operator’s payment has been made ‘in lieu of a financial penalty’ and will be directed towards delivering the National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms. In a statement, the UKGC stated that …

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