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Call for loot boxes to be regulated as gambling products

The DCMS Select Committee Report on Immersive and Addictive Technologies has now been published online. A summary of the report and its conclusions and recommendations can be downloaded below. You can read here our website posting relating to the launch of the inquiry that has resulted in this report. In the report, the Committee has called for regulation under gambling laws of […]

£1.8m fine and additional licence conditions imposed on UK casino operator for AML and customer interaction failings

The Gambling Commission has today published a Decision Notice (a copy of which can be downloaded below) following a review, under section 116 of the Gambling Act 2005, of the operating licence held by London casino operator Silverbond Enterprises Limited trading as Park Lane Club. The Commission’s announcement (that can also be downloaded below) relating to […]

Frozen assets reporting 2019 deadline: 11 October 2019

The Gambling Commission has announced on its website the launch of the annual Frozen Assets Review that is conducted each year by HM Treasury in order to update its records to reflect any changes to accounts during the reporting period. Further information is contained in OFSI’s “Frozen Assets Reporting (2019)” Financial Sanctions Notice, that can be downloaded below. As […]

Is the Gambling Commission’s regulatory enforcement focus shifting to white label providers?

The Gambling Commission has announced that it is reviewing the operating licence of EveryMatrix Software Limited and, in the process, has determined to immediately suspend the ability of EveryMatrix to offer B2C remote betting and casino gaming. It has not suspended its ability to continue its B2B remote gambling software business. Coupled with the Commission’s current review of […]

GamStop close to approval by the Gambling Commission – True or False?

Readers of The Guardian were assured yesterday that GamStop “has finally been approved by the industry regulator, 18 months after it was supposed to be ready”. This appears to have been a premature story because not only, by The Guardian‘s own admission, had the Gambling Commission told it “We have nothing further to announce on this at the moment” but, according […]

Major gambling regulatory developments announced in Malta

For many years, we have represented gambling operators who hold licences granted by the Malta Gaming Authority (“MGA”). The matters on which we advise them typically include (a) operating licence applications they make to the UK Gambling Commission (“UKGC”), (b) regulatory investigations conducted against them by the UKGC, (c) marketing and advertising questions and (d) ensuring that […]

LGA publishes “Licensing Act 2003 – Councillors’ Handbook”

The Local Government Association (“LGA”) has published a Licensing Act 2003 – Councillors’ Handbook (England and Wales) that it hopes “will act as a helpful tool for licensing authorities in carrying out their functions under the Licensing Act”. Some may consider the handbook to be unnecessary in light of the comprehensive Home Office Guidance issued under […]