“Fairness and openness”- the shape of things to come in the GB-licensed sector

On 25 January 2018, the Gambling Commission launched a consultation “Proposed changes to licence conditions and codes of practice linked to the fair and open licensing objective“  on proposed changes to its Licence conditions and codes of practice (“LCCP”). The closing date for responses is 5pm on 22 April 2018.

This was followed a week later by an announcement by the Competition and Markets Authority (“CMA”) announcement explaining that as a result of:

  • cases opened against a number of online gambling operators in mid-2017 and
  • a new line of enquiry to look further into obstacles that people face when they try to withdraw their money after depositing funds and gaming or betting online (whether as part of a promotion or not,

three gambling operators – William Hill, Ladbrokes and PT Entertainment – have provided undertakings to the CMA (the terms of which are set out here), under which they formally commit to change the way they offer bonus promotions.

In an article for the February 2018 edition of Online Gambling Lawyer that can be accessed here (and will be uploaded to our website in a month’s time), David Clifton reviews these two developments and the requirements imposed on operators that, save for one exception, must be complied with by 28 February 2018. In his article, David refers to his December 2017 article for Online Gambling Lawyer entitled “Joint action continues on unfair practices and promotions”, that can be accessed here.

You can read more about the CMA ordering gambling operators to stop unfair promotions here, the very tight timescales within which the Gambling Commission requires compliance with that order here, the CMA’s list of “do’s” and “don’ts” for the online gambling industry here and the presentation by the CMA at ICE 2018 entitled “CMA action in the remote gambling sector: Overview for industry” setting out what operators need to do here.

David Clifton has also written on this subject in his current monthly SBC News Licensing Expert article entitled “Win or lose – do it fairly!”

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