Archive | December, 2017

RGA calls for introduction of a statutory levy

The RGA has called on the Government to introduce a statutory levy to replace the current system of voluntary funding for research, education, and treatment of problem gambling and to ensure that the National Responsible Gambling Strategy is properly funded. Its rationale for so doing is described in its press release (that can be downloaded below) as being its […]

Annual Assurance Statement deadline looms

All gambling operators required to submit an Annual Assurance Statement to the Gambling Commission have until Friday of this week 15 December within which to do so. More information about this (and the Assurance Statement template) can be found on our June 2017 website posting

Minimum unit pricing update

In her article for Pub & Bar (that can be downloaded below), Suzanne Davies comments on the likely consequences of the Supreme Court’s judgment in the Scottish MUP case. As mentioned in Suzanne’s article, MUP for alcohol – likely to be fixed (subject to consultation) at 50p a unit – will come into force in Scotland […]

EC closes online gambling infringement proceedings

In a press release (that can be downloaded below) the European Commission has announced that it has closed infringement procedures in the area of online gambling and the treatment of relevant complaints against a number of Member States. The reason for so doing is stated as follows: “The Court of Justice of the European Union has repeatedly […]

Gambling Commission CEO to depart

It has just been announced on the Commission’s website that Sarah Harrison, its Chief Executive, will be leaving the Commission at the end of February 2018 (less than two and a half years after taking up the post) for a senior role with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. Commenting on the announcement, Chairman of the […]

Hard-hitting messages delivered at GambleAware’s 5th annual Harm Minimisation Conference

We attended yesterday the first day of the fifth annual GambleAware Harm Minimisation conference, focused on how young people are gambling and gaming in a rapidly evolving technical and social environment, and asking what implications this has for minimising gambling-related harm in the future. Gambling industry attendees were left reeling from the start by extremely hard-hitting speeches […]

Broadway Gaming incurs £100,000 penalty for misleading advertising

Remote bingo and casino operator Broadway Gaming Ltd is to pay a penalty package of £100,000 for failing to include significant terms linked to promotional advertisements found on five of its gambling websites. This stems from a June 2016 Advertising Standards Authority decision upholding a complaint about an advert that appeared on Broadway Gaming’s Butlers Bingo website. The ASA […]

Loot boxes – gambling or not gambling?

David Clifton is quoted in an iGaming Business article entitled “Loot boxes – gambling or not gambling?”  We have reported on this subject recently ourselves and the Gambling Commission’s 24 November website posting headed “Loot boxes within video games” can be downloaded below. In our view: The recent Gambling Commission posting says nothing new as it essentially re-states […]

FOBT briefing paper published

A House of Commons Library briefing paper has been published that looks at the controversy over fixed odds betting terminals (“FOBTs”). This is particularly timely, given the public consultation on this same subject that is presently running (until 23 January 2018). Introducing the briefing paper, the www.parliament.uk website states as follows: What are fixed odds betting terminals? Fixed […]

Gambling Commission publishes further updated industry statistics

The Gambling Commission has published industry statistics for the regulated gambling industry in Great Britain, covering the period April 2016 to March 2017, that can be accessed here or downloaded below. They update those to which we referred in our May 2017 website news report. The headline findings are reported as follows: £13.7 billion – total Gross […]