Tag Archives: UKGC

Scott Longley: UKGC stats provide virtual insight & vision

Following last May’s publication of the UKGC’s statistics on gambling trends, Virtual Sports sits third amongst bookmaker’s revenue channels. As industry technology providers seek to optimise data and in-play dynamics of Virtual Sports content, what now lies ahead for this once niche betting vertical…   ____________________ The spotlight rarely falls on virtual sports, one of the least talked about yet increasingly significant …

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32Red handed £2m penalty package for consumer failings

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32Red has been handed a £2m penalty package by the UKGC, for failing to protect a consumer from gambling-related harm and money laundering failures. Focusing its investigation on dealings with a customer between November 2014 and April 2017, it’s detailed that the individual and the online gambling firm, acquired by Kindred Group in June 2017, established a business relationship from …

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David Clifton: Licensing Expert – Collaboration – The Name of the Game

Virtually all national newspaper reports on last month’s UK Government review of gaming machines and social responsibility measures focused on the headline-grabbing decision to reduce the maximum stake on B2 gaming machines (FOBTs) from £100 to £2. Industry media was not slow to pick up an accompanying announcement on the DCMS website that said: “In order to cover any negative impact on the public …

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UK government to implement online tax rise before FOBT stake cuts

The Times has this morning reported, that the UK government will delay its implementation of an industry-wide £2 FOBT machine stake reduction until April 2020, citing that the UK Treasury has struck a ‘backroom deal’ with betting leadership. Last May, UK Culture Secretary Matt Hancock confirmed the government’s decision to reduce FOBTs wagering levels to £2 limit, stating that the …

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New Dawn… UK Racing prepares for new levy authority

The structure of British Racing governance is set to be revamped, in order to meet the demands of distributing the new horseracing betting levy which is inbound for April 2019. Last week, the governances of the British Horseracing Authority (BHA), Horsemen’s Group and Racecourse Association moved to install a new Racing Authority which will oversee the management of racing’s upcoming levy …

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Betway promotes compliance lead Roger Parkes as new board member

Betway has moved to expand its corporate governance team, confirming the appointment of Roger Parkes as new Director of Compliance and Regulatory Affairs. Parkes has led Betway Group corporate compliance and licensing initiatives since 2015 and has previously served as Senior Sector lead for the UK Gambling Commission (2014-2015). The promotion will see Parkes join the Betway Limited board, which …

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UKGC statistics report that remote gambling remains resurgent

For the first time this year, The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has published its latest set of industry statistics, which aim to provide a snapshot of activity, market changes and trends across all gambling sectors. The statistics, which detail the period from October 2016 to November 2017, reveal that the overall gross gambling yield throughout that time increased 0.7% from the …

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Neil McArthur: UKGC will continue to push for diversity & inclusion

Neil McArthur has issued his first keynote address as leader of the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC). Officially appointed UKGC Chief Executive in April, McArthur takes leadership of the regulator at a turning point for the UK gambling sector and its wider stakeholders. In his first address, McArthur outlines that like his predecessor Sarah Harrison, he will push for further diversity …

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David Clifton: Licensing Expert – Time for remote operators to focus on GamStop

GamStop – it’s been a long time coming, but it’s here now (at least in a “test” phase), and somewhere in the coming “weeks and months”, to quote Tim Miller, Executive Director of the Gambling Commission, the one month notification period under LCCP social responsibility code provision 3.5.5 will be triggered by the Commission. At the expiry of that one …

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Ian Sims – Rightlander: Understanding affiliate compliance as a critical discipline…

In 2018, industry affiliate marketing programs are building up their compliance capabilities, as all-around sector advertising faces further scrutiny from regulators and wider stakeholders. SBC speaks to affiliate marketing veteran Ian Sims, the Founder and Managing Director of Rightlander compliance software. Sims details why data and tech-led dynamics are the best tools to bridge the affiliate-to-operator compliance divide.      __________________ …

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