We regularly write articles for industry and legal journals & magazines, including commentaries for Online Gambling Lawyer & iGaming Business, a monthly “Licensing Expert” piece for SBC News and a fortnightly page for Pub & Bar and, with their permission, are reproducing them on our website, together with our own news items and reports on topical issues affecting the leisure and gambling industries.

Children’s exposure to TV gambling ads falls to 2008 levels

The Advertising Standards Authority has today published a report entitled “Children’s exposure to age-restricted TV ads: 2019 update” in which one of its findings is that children’s exposure to TV advertisements for gambling products or services has fallen to similar levels as those seen in 2008. However, it also finds that children’s overall exposure to […]

UKGC reports no uplift in illegal gambling website complaints during the COVID-19 lockdown

Fears are often expressed by online gambling operators in reputable jurisdictions worldwide that the greater the gambling regulatory crackdown, the greater the risk that consumer will seek out the services of unlicensed online gambling operators. It is interesting therefore to read the following report published today (19 May 2020) on the UK Gambling Commission’s website: […]

UKGC warns of heightened ML and TF risks during the coronavirus pandemic

The UK Gambling Commission has issued a reminder to all of its licensed operators entitled “Reminder to all licensed operators: impact of the coronavirus pandemic, and heightened money laundering and terrorist financing risks” This reminder should not be ignored because otherwise a breach of Licence condition 12.1.1 is likely to arise. That licence condition (set […]

BGC launches national gambling education and support programme

The Betting and Gaming Council has today (15 May 2020) announced the launch of the independent gambling education initiative to which reference was made in its November 2019 five safe gambling commitments, as previously reported by us here. The first of those commitments was to “prevent underage gambling and protect young people”, in relation to which […]

New additional customer interaction guidance for UK licensed remote gambling operators

Without any prior consultation process, the Gambling Commission has today published additional formal customer interaction guidance for remote operators during the COVID-19 outbreak, including the need for affordability checks, prevention of reverse withdrawals and restrictions on bonus offers. The Commission states that: “Online operators will be expected to make changes to act on this guidance as […]

FSB Technology regulatory settlement operates as a stern warning to other white label providers

The Gambling Commission has today (6 May 2020) announced that a regulatory settlement has been concluded with FSB Technology (UK) Limited (“FSB”) that is to pay £600,000 for advertising, money laundering and social responsibility failings, as well as having additional conditions imposed on its operating licence that require it: before entering a relationship with a third-party partner, […]