Archive | November, 2020

Gambling operators reminded of online tool to help ensure their ads do not appear on copyright infringing websites

The Gambling Commission has today (30 November 2020) published the following reminder of the existence of an online tool to help combat piracy: Operators are being reminded of a tool that can help them ensure their adverts do not appear on copyright infringing websites. Licence condition 16.1.1 of the Licence conditions and codes of practice sets out […]

Gambling industry statistics published for April 2019 to March 2020

The Gambling Commission has published its Industry Statistics for the period between April 2019 and March 2020, (only 11 days of which saw land-based gambling premises closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic). As anticipated, the most eye-catching statistic is the 99% total gross gambling yield reduction for category B2 (FOBT) machines since the maximum stake […]

COVID-19 tier toughening continues apace across England

We reported on 23 November 2020 on the reaction of the hospitality and gambling industries to the UK Government’s COVID Winter Plan. Today (26 November 2020, the Prime Minister’s statement on coronavirus (that you can download below) has confirmed that, with effect from Wednesday 2 December 2020, most of England will be within the top […]

Technological solutions to managing isolated player risk

Earlier today (24 November 2020) David Clifton moderated the “Managing isolated player risk: Does the solution lie in technology?“ panel session during the EGR Virtual Summit 2020, in which David’s panellists were: Paul Carpenter, Head of Safer Gambling at GamCare, Adam Doyle, Head of Gaming at TruNarrative, Richard Bayliss, Senior Regulatory Affairs & Compliance Manager at Playtech and Simon […]

Industry reaction to the Government’s COVID Winter Plan

The Prime Minister has today (23 November 2020) published the Government’s COVID Winter Plan, (that you can download below, together with a diagram showing a summary of the measures under each of the three tiers). Under the Winter Plan: national restrictions will end on 2 December 2020, with England returning to local tiers, tiers will […]

SARs Annual Report 2020 published

Announcing publication of its 2020 Suspicious Activity Reports (“SARs”) Annual Report (that you can download below), the National Crime Agency has stated as follows on its website: The UK Financial Intelligence Unit (UKFIU) saw another record number of SARs, receiving and processing 573,085 (a 20% increase on the previous period of 478,437), with an 81% […]

Good news for the gambling industry in ASA’s second online monitoring sweep

The Advertising Standards Authority has today (20 November 2020) reported that the second of its online monitoring sweeps to identify and tackle age-restricted ads appearing in children’s media has “encouragingly” revealed that: ……. the number of gambling ads reduced significantly, from 70 ads in the first sweep to 5 ads in the second sweep. Significantly, none […]

Clifton Davies plays its part in Safer Gambling Week 2020

Safer Gambling Week commences today 19 November 2020. David Clifton’s current Licensing Expert article “Affordability takes centre stage” was specifically timed for publication by SBC News to mark Safer Gambling Week. David’s panel session on 24 November 2020 for the EGR UK Virtual Summit 2020, entitled “Managing isolated player risk: Does the solution lie in technology?“, […]