UK licensees face 55 percent fee hike from October

UK licence fees increase from October
British-facing gambling businesses will be charged 55 percent in licence fees from October, after the UK’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport approved the regulator’s proposals

Top Five pledge poses big challenge for small firms

big five contributions pledge
The Big Five’s pledge to raise their contributions for the treatment of problem gambling could be enough to prevent more tightening down the line - but..

UK gamblers face enhanced ID requirements

UK Enhanced ID Requirements
The Gambling Commission has announced that as of 7 May, online operators in the United Kingdom will be required to verify a new gambler’s identity before allowing any wager to be made

Gambling Business Group urges DCMS to act on gaming regulation

Peter Hannibal GBG department
Peter Hannibal, chief executive of the Gambling Business Group, has called on the government to create a new organisation dedicated to the regulation of time loot boxes and skins, the in-video game cosmetics which change the appearance of weapons or characters.

GBG host UK government department at ICE London

GBG Gambling Business Group ICE DCMS
Peter Hannibal, CEO of the influential cross-sector, Gambling Business Group (GBG), has described the introduction of the Consumer Protection Zone at ICE London, as a much needed and powerful initiative.   Speaking in the week following ICE London, he said: "I would like to congratulate Clarion Gaming’s Managing Director Kate Chambers and her team for putting on yet another fantastic edition...

Bookmakers call for end to war of words between UK sectors

Betting Business - Malcom George ABB Bookmakers
As the DCMS gears up to release the findings from its investigations into gaming machine stakes and prizes, Britain’s bookmakers are calling for an end to industry in-fighting and an ‘evidence-based’ approach to the issues.   Gambling industry stakeholders are calling for a cease-fire between warring industry sectors as the turf battle over the government review of stakes and prizes becomes...

Bookmakers demand inquiry into “anti-betting shop” FOBT review

Betting Business Bookmaker ABB
British bookmakers have hit out at the parliamentary review of fixed-odds betting terminals, claiming the group was “deeply flawed” and funded by a consortium of anti-bookmaking interests.   The All-Party Parliamentary Group of British MPs gave their recommendations to government on FOBTs early December, suggesting the maximum reduction in machine stakes, from £100 to £2 per spin. The Association of British Bookmakers...

Government announces long-awaited FOBT review

Betting Business Triennial Review B2
The UK’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has taken the first steps in a wide-ranging review of gambling machine stakes and prizes; a review which is expected to place Fixed-Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs) under severe scrutiny.   The UK government has launched an investigation into gaming machines and social responsibility measures, with B2 stakes and prizes expected to be...