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Do “loot boxes” in online games constitute gambling?

David Clifton is quoted in a Gambling Compliance article entitled “Fresh Loot Box Controversy Sparks Regulator Investigations”. In the article (that can be downloaded below), David: expresses the view that the Gambling Commission is unlikely to move against loot boxes in the near future, but may become more inclined to take action as in-game items are […]

Death knell sounded for FOBTs?

In his regular Licensing Expert article for SBC News, this month David Clifton focuses on the 31 October announcement by Gambling Minister Tracey Crouch of a 12-week consultation on proposals for changes to gaming machines and social responsibility measures that will run until 23 January 2018. David’s article can be downloaded below. Amongst other proposals, the consultation invites […]

The continuing business rates debacle

Suzanne Davies comments on increasing calls for a Budget announcement on business rates reform to help the pub and bar sector. Her article can be downloaded below. Reflecting the rapidly growing concerns on this subject, since Suzanne wrote her article: a House of Commons Westminster Hall debate (secured by Mike Wood MP, Chairman of the […]

Triennial Review’s winners and losers hard to predict

David Clifton is quoted in an iGaming Business article by Scott Longley entitled “Triennial review’s winners and losers hard to predict” that suggests that, instead of clarifying matters, the triennial review has ushered in another period of lobbying, but warns that the industry may struggle to have its voice heard. You can read more about the 12-week consultation […]

Appealing Stuff

David Clifton warns that whether or not to appeal against a decision of a licensing authority presents numerous questions that need to be thought through very carefully before the appeal process is commenced. His article can be downloaded below.

UK Regulators Respond Firmly To Kids Content Campaign

David Clifton is quoted in a Gambling Compliance article entitled “UK Regulators Respond Firmly to Kids Content Campaign” (that can be downloaded below) commenting on a letter dated 20 October 2017 sent jointly by the Gambling Commission, the Committee of Advertising Practice, the Advertising Standards Authority and the Remote Gambling Association to all online gambling operators licensed by […]

What to do if you received that letter …..

In light of the news that has broken on Friday and over the weekend, David Clifton follows up his monthly SBC News Licensing Expert article of last week with an article containing guidance on the steps that should be taken by remote gambling operators who have received the letter written collectively by the Gambling Commission, […]

Be mindful of protecting children

In this month’s “Licensing Expert” article (that can be downloaded below), David Clifton comments on recent newspaper allegations that children are being targeted by operators who use cartoon and storybook characters in their online gambling games. He warns that in view of the rising tides of public concern that now seem to drive gambling policy in Great Britain, it […]