Wednesday, March 29, 2023

Tag: UK Gambling Commission

Licence changes will better protect players, says UKGC

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The UK Gambling Commission has updated its licensing conditions to better protect players and make gambling fairer.

UK betting companies paid £19.7m in fines last year

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UK betting operators paid a record £19.7m in penalty fees last year as regulators toughened stance against those failing to adequately deal with problem gamblers and money laundering. A UK Gambling Commission report announced the regulator brought fines against nine operators in the 12 month period. Overall gambling fines increased from £18.4m handed out in 2018 and £1.7m in 2017. Online...

UK Gambling Commission launches new National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms

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The UK Gambling Commission has today (25 April) launched the new National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms, a three-year strategy which will drive and coordinate work to bring a lasting impact on reducing gambling harms. For the first time health bodies, charities, regulators and businesses will come together in partnership to effectively tackle the issue – with the Commission calling...

Playtech welcomes former UK Gambling Commission senior manager Richard Bayliss

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Playtech, an Omni-channel supplier, has appointed Richard Bayliss, former senior online manager at the UK Gambling Commission, to its Compliance team as regulatory compliance manager.   In his new role Bayliss will play a key part in leading the direction of Playtech’s responsible gambling initiatives. Ian Ince, group head of Regulatory Affairs, Playtech, said: “Everyone at Playtech is delighted to welcome Richard....

Sarah Harrison to leave UK Gambling Commission top job

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The UK Gambling Commission has announced the departure of chief executive Sarah Harrison at the end of February next year.   She is expected to take a up a senior role with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. “I am proud of the work that all at the Commission have delivered together,” Harrison said. “I am very confident that as the...

LOT.TO to debut at ICE London

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iLottery provider, LOT.TO, is debuting at ICE London looking to shake up the lottery sector and introduce its omni-channel solution to a global audience of gaming professionals.   The company, which is Licensed by the UK Gambling Commission, is one of 80 exhibitors making its debut appearance at ICE (6-8 February, ExCeL, London UK). Speaking ahead of its first showing at ICE,...

Gala charged £2.3m after two customers gamble stolen money

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Gala Interactive will pay £2.3m after failing to take action over two problem gamblers, who gambled away around £1.3m of stolen money.   One customer lost £837,545 over 14 months and the other lost £432,765 over 11 months while playing Gala's online games. The Commission said Ladbrokes Coral, which owns Gala Interactive, failed to have in place written policies and procedures that...

888 ruling highlights importance of well-kept self-exclusion schemes

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Following the Gambling Commission’s decision to fine 888 Holdings for a record-breaking figure, operators using a self-exclusion scheme have been advised to review their compliance process.   Operators across the wider gambling industry have been prompted to ensure their self-exclusion records are in order following a £7.8m fine for iGaming company 888 Holdings. The record-breaking penalty was imposed following a probe into...

Betwatch Birmingham bookies ban five people

Five people have been banned from 24 betting shops across Birmingham city centre, as part of the UK Gambling Commission’s Betwatch scheme.
Five people have been banned from 24 betting shops across Birmingham city centre, as part of the UK Gambling Commission’s Betwatch initiative. A partnership between the Gambling Commission, police, local council and bookmakers, the scheme is designed to tackle localised antisocial and criminal behaviour in and around betting shops. “This is a really positive result for Betwatch, which has been rolled...

IBAS welcomes Resolver complaints tool

IBAS welcomes Resolver complaints tool
Adjudication service IBAS has welcomed customer complaint platform Resolver into the gambling industry fold. The UKGC has been working with the free consumer tool – which informs and aids consumers with complaints processes –  following the regulatory body’s unveiling of a “consumer first” policy in July. “Resolver isn’t really designed to have an impact on the IBAS process – we...

UKGC ups ante on grey market revenue disclosure

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Following a regulatory data consultation, the UK Gambling Commission is broadening its demand on licensees to disclose all group revenues from grey markets, and give more detailed legal justifications that their presence in these markets is not illegal.   The UK Gambling Commission is tightening its stance on UKl icensed operators regarding the volume of revenue streams from unregulated grey markets. Licensees...

Pragmatic Play awarded UK Remote Gambling Licence

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Pragmatic Play receive licence for what the company believes to be one of the world’s most respected markets   Pragmatic Play, the provider of mobile and desktop digital casino games, today announced that the UK Gambling Commission had granted it a Remote Gambling Software Operating Licence. Yossi Barzely, Head of Business Development at Pragmatic Play, said: “The UK market is one of...

UKGC: Clean up or we will review your licence

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The UK regulator’s chief Sarah Harrison struck an authoritative tone at an industry event last week, warning executives they will face higher fines for non-compliance, and even licence ‘reviews’ for repeat offenders.   Britain’s bookmakers have been warned they risk losing their licences if they do not step up their efforts to protect players and prevent money laundering. At an event organised...

Kiron expands presence into the Caucasus

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Virtual gaming outfit, Kiron Interactive, celebrates a seminal deal with central Asian operator Digitain.   Specialist virtual games developer, Kiron Interactive, has begun to establish its presence in the Eastern European and Central Asian markets by forming a distribution partnership with Armenia’s Digitain. Kiron currently has 15 virtual games in their portfolio, including virtual football, horse racing, greyhound racing, basketball, cycling and...

CMA to probe UK iGaming sector for “potentially unfair treatment”

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In what is starting to look a full-frontal assault, the UK’s competition authority is rounding on the online gaming industry by mounting a fresh investigation into a series of unfair practices.   Backed by concerns from the UK Gambling Commission, the Competition and Markets Authority claims an initial review of the industry had “highlighted examples of potentially unfair treatment.” Such examples include...

Kiron Interactive awarded UK remote operating licence

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Kiron Interactive has been granted a Combined Remote Operating Licence by the UK Gambling Commission allowing the company to provide fixed odds betting services remotely.   Specialist virtual games supplier, Kiron Interactive, has been awarded a Combined Remote Operating Licence by the UK Gambling Commission. The licence means Kiron can now provide a fixed odds betting service by remote communication on virtual sports and...

Sportito brings a new style of daily fantasy sports to the UK

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Sportito is a new DFS operator which launched in August 2016 is already live in the UK and offers fantasy football contests across all major tournaments and leagues offering players the chance to access paid-for contests or compete in free competitions.   Having secured an official licence from the UK Gambling Commission, Sportito’s daily fantasy football games have launched in the...

UKGC toughens stance in ‘consumer-focussed’ annual report

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Praising the “welcome change in attitude” at a number of major gaming companies, GC chairman Philip Graf hinted at greater levels of accountability for firms that fail to put the consumer at the heart of their business.   Consumer protections and tougher sanctions were the core themes of the UK Gambling Commission’s latest annual report, which saw the regulator release some...

Smart Live Gaming forfeit UK gambling licences

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The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has announced that Smart TV Broadcasting Limited, the operating company of Smart Live Gaming, has forfeited its official ‘Remote Operator’ and ‘Gambling Software’ licences. This comes a week after the UKGC placed Smart Live Gaming brands under temporary suspension stating that the interactive gaming operator was ‘unfit’ to operate in the UK’s gambling industry. Smart Live...