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Gambling regulators voice concerns about skins gambling and loot boxes in video games

Voicing concerns about skins gambling and loot boxes in video games, fifteen gambling regulators from across Europe (including the regulators for the UK, Isle of Man, Gibraltar and Malta), as well as Washington State Gambling Commission in the USA, have signed an agreement to work together to address the risks created by the blurring of lines between gaming […]

Suzanne Davies’ “Betting on Sports” session on gambling regulators is bound to provoke debate

At 4pm on Thursday 20 September at the Olympia Conference Centre in London, Suzanne Davies will be moderating a panel session at “Betting on Sports” provocatively entitled “Are regulators the biggest threat to the industry?” With ever-increasing regulatory burdens and record levels of financial penalty package being imposed on gambling operators by the UK Gambling Commission, there […]

The questions posed in the Gambling Commission’s consultation on age and identity verification

We reported last week on a newly published Gambling Commission consultation on age and identify verification, containing proposals to amend its Licence Conditions and Codes of Practice (“LCCP”) by requiring remote licence-holders to: verify the age of all remote gambling customers before they can: deposit money or gamble, and/or access play-for-free versions of gambling games that a licence-holder make […]

Gambling Commission issues advertising and sponsorship rules reminder

Another day and another posting on the Gambling Commission’s website – the third in successive days. This time around, the Commission is saying that it has teamed up with the Advertising Standards Authority (“ASA”) and the Committees of Advertising Practice (“CAP”) to remind licence holders of some of the key rules and requirements relating to gambling […]

Gambling behaviour in Great Britain in 2016

The Gambling Commission has today published the latest Gambling Behaviour Report (that can be downloaded below). Using data combined from the Health Survey for England (HSE) 2016, the Scottish Health Survey (SHeS) 2016 and the Wales Omnibus in 2016, it outlines participation, at-risk gambling and problem gambling rates across Great Britain. The data, drawn from field research carried out […]

New Gambling Commission consultation on age and identity verification

In an online survey consultation published today – that is relevant to all remote gaming and betting licence holders and the small number of society lotteries and external lottery managers who enable customers to participate in online ‘instant win’ or digital scratchcard games – the Gambling Commission is inviting gambling operators, consumers and members of the public to voice their […]

Camelot to pay £1.15 million penalty for historic control and governance failings

The Gambling Commission has today announced on its website the results of its investigation into historic control and governance failings at the National Lottery operator, Camelot. That investigation was launched in December 2016, just over 3 years after the Commission assumed the regulatory functions previously exercised by the National Lottery Commission. The Commission’s announcement states that Camelot will pay a £1.15 […]