Archive | March, 2020

Participation in GamStop is compulsory from today

As previously reported by us, participation in the multi-operator self-exclusion scheme GamStop has become compulsory today – 31 March 2020 – (pursuant to LCCP Social Responsibility code provision 3.5.5) for all UK licensed online gambling operators, with the exception of holders of the following categories of operating licence: any remote lottery licence the holder of which does not […]

Gambling faces a pivotal moment

David Clifton’s monthly Licensing Expert article for SBC News – published today (31 March 2020) and entitled “Gambling faces a pivotal moment” (that you can download below) – focuses on the online gambling sector’s opportunity, in the face of the coronavirus crisis, to prove to the public, the press and parliament that it can be trusted […]

EGBA issues guidance on safer online gambling and responsible advertising during COVID-19 crisis

The European Gaming & Betting Association (“EGBA”) has today (30 March 2020) published the following press release: COVID-19: European Gambling Associations Issue Guidance On Safer Online Gambling And Responsible Advertising BRUSSELS, 30 March 2020 – With increasing global concern about the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the health, safety and well-being of the general public […]

PPL PRS suspends payment charges for TheMusicLicence during COVID-19 closure period

On its “Business Update – COVID-19 webpage (that you can download below), PPL PRS Limited, the joint venture company that administers the licensing of music used in public via TheMusicLicence, has introduced a number of temporary measures to support UK businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. These include: not charging customers for their music usage during the […]

UKGC publishes updated COVID-19 guidance and FAQ

Further to its previously issued COVID-19 guidance, the Gambling Commission has today published updated “COVID-19 Guidance & FAQs” (downloadable below) that address the following issues/questions: If the Commission’s offices are closed, will my postal application be processed? How can I make a licence application? Your contact details and invoicing, including: the following fees information for land-based […]

Final report published on the effect of gambling marketing & advertising on children, young people & the vulnerable

In July 2019, we reported on publication by GambleAware of an “Interim Synthesis Report: The Effect of Gambling Marketing and Advertising on Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults” arising from research commissioned by it, led by Ipsos MORI (in partnership with the University of Bristol, the University of Edinburgh, Ebiquity, and the Centre for Analysis of Social Media at Demos). […]

Wrongful trading provisions within Insolvency Act 1986 to be relaxed to protect companies hit by COVID-19

Yesterday (28 March 2020), Business Secretary Alok Sharma MP announced that the government will make temporary changes to enable UK companies undergoing a rescue or restructure process to continue trading, adding that “today’s measures will also reduce the burden on business, giving bosses much-needed breathing space to keep their workers employed and their companies going”. […]

Safer gambling advice for consumers during coronavirus crisis

UK licensed online gambling operators should be aware that yesterday (27 March 2020), following on from the recent coronavirus-related warning message to them by the Gambling Commission’s chief executive, the gambling regulator issued advice to consumers (that you can download below) on how gambling companies should keep them safe while gambling online. Its advice is set out below: In light […]

BGC announces ten pledge action plan for safer gambling

The Betting and Gaming Council (“BGC”) has today announced a new 10 pledge action plan agreed with its member companies, that sets out the standards expected of its members during the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. The announcement (that you can download below) reads as follows: The 10 pledges build on actions and interventions that BGC members do as part […]