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Loot boxes in video games and bingo in retirement & care homes

What do (a) loot boxes in video games and (b) bingo in retirement and care homes have in common? They are both the subject of Gaming Commission website postings in the last couple of days. Loot boxes: In a new posting headed “Loot boxes within video games” (that can be downloaded below), the Gambling Commission has confirmed […]

Time for online gambling operators to take action on unfair terms

The Gambling Commission has warned online gambling operators to review their terms and conditions before regulatory action is stepped up in the New Year to ensure that consumers are treated fairly. This warning follows a speech delivered yesterday at the Gambling Commission’s annual Raising Standards conference) by George Lusty of the Competition and Markets Authority, entitled “Online gambling: the investigation so far […]

Online gambling: the CMA investigation so far and next steps

CMA Project Director, George Lusty, delivered a speech yesterday (at the Gambling Commission’s second annual Raising Standards conference in Birmingham) entitled “Online gambling: the investigation so far and next steps”, in which he provided a further update on the CMA’s investigation into potentially unfair and misleading terms and practices in the remote gambling sector. His speech (that can be downloaded below and […]

How serious is high-roller problem gambling?

David Clifton is to moderate a panel session called “How serious is high roller problem gambling?” at the KnowHow “Social Responsibility for Gambling Operators” conference to be held at the Grange Tower Bridge Hotel, 45 Prescot Street, London, E1 8GP on 18 January 2018. As made clear in the conference organiser’s announcement (that can be downloaded below), David’s panel […]

Court of Appeal delivers clarity on music festivals in public parks

In a judgment delivered on 16 November 2017 in the case of Friends of Finsbury Park v Haringey London Borough Council (2) Festival Republic Limited (3) Live Nation (Music) Limited, The Open Spaces Society [Intervenor] (C1/2016/2662), the Court of Appeal dismissed a judicial review challenge to the ability of the London Borough of Haringey to allow the […]

Commission calls for a “fairer and safer” gambling experience for consumers

David Clifton and Suzanne Davies attended the Gambling Commission’s second annual Raising Standards conference in Birmingham yesterday, when operators were pressed to make gambling a fairer and safer experience for players. At last year’s conference, the Commission called for operators to accelerate the pace at which they were putting consumers at the heart of business decisions. This year, […]

Further guidance on gambling advertising and children

Following unprecedented joint action last month by the Gambling Commission, the Committee of Advertising Practice, the Advertising Standards Authority and the Remote Gambling Association to prevent gambling advertisements appealing to children and subsequent publication of guidance on the meaning of “particularly appealing to children“, the ASA and CAP have held a webinar that emphasised that immediate action was […]

Binary options to be regulated by the FCA from 3 January 2018

In an announcement on its website, published on 14 November 2017 (that can be downloaded below), the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has stated that the regulation of binary options is changing from 3 January 2018. From that date, binary options will be regulated by the FCA in the same way as investment products. This means that: firms will be authorised […]

Gambling Commission unveils 2018-2021 Strategy

The Gambling Commission has unveiled its new strategy for 2018-2021 “Making gambling fairer and safer” that: “builds on work the Commission has been doing to ensure consumers are protected and setting an ambition for further and faster progress in the five priority areas” and it believes “will help shape a well-regulated gambling market that works for consumers”. The […]