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CMA Launches Inquiry Into Evolution Gaming & Netent Merger

CMA Launches Inquiry Into Evolution Gaming & Netent Merger
The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) announced earlier this week that it had launched an investigation into the merger between Swedish based Netent and popular live dealer casino developer Evolution Gaming. The CMA is the UK’s regulator for market competition. The CMA’s investigation will look to establish whether the merger would negatively impact the...

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BGC Confirms Whistle to Whistle Ad Ban A Success

BGC Confirms Whistle to Whistle Ad Ban A Success
The UK Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) released a statement that confirmed that the ban on gambling ads from “whistle to whistle” was a success. The BGC pointed out that there has been a significant reduction in underage individuals being exposed to gambling ads since the ban’s introduction in August 2019. The ban imposes a...

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UKGC Confirms Open Bidding Process For 4th National Lottery License

UKGC Confirms Open Bidding Process For 4th National Lottery License
The UK Gambling Commission (GC) has officially launched the tendering process for a new National Lottery License, which will be the regulator’s fourth lottery license. The license will come with new terms and conditions. The process will commence with bidders’ formal registration of their interest. Bidders approved by the GC will receive an Invitation to...

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UKGC Repeals Suspension of Matchbook’s Betting License

UKGC Repeals Suspension of Matchbook’s Betting License
The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has officially repealed its license suspension of Matchbook, an online sportsbook after the firm’s owner, Triplebet, completed the regulator’s suggested remedial measures. Matchbook’s license was suspended in February 2020, after the UKGC determined that the firm failed to abide by Section 116 of the UK Gambling Act. The UKGC disclosed...

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BGC Opposes New UK Gambling Rules Proposed By SMF

BGC Opposes New UK Gambling Rules Proposed By SMF
Think tank Social Market Foundation (SMF) announced the release of a framework for new gambling regulations in the UK. Notable recommendations include larger taxes on gambling firms that operate offshore, a spending cap of £100 a month to prevent financial harms, and an independent gambling ombudsman that can investigate affordability checks for punters who want...

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New UK Study Suggests Video Game Strategies Increase Problem Gambling Stats

New UK Study Suggests Video Game Strategies Increase Problem Gambling Stats
A new study revealed that a number of practices used by video game developers such as social casino spending and token wagering to engage players significantly increase their chances of them becoming problem gamblers later on in life. Dr. David Zendle, a professor in Computer Science from the University of York, noted that potential precursors...

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Scotland’s Sportsbooks Call For More Lenient Regulation Post-COVID-19

Scotland’s Sportsbooks Call For More Lenient Regulation Post-COVID-19
Scotland has close to 900 sportsbooks which employ roughly 4,500 people. Sports betting operators have called for the government to ease restrictions preventing them from recouping losses incurred during the lockdowns enacted in mid-March. The bookmakers claim that the current rules prohibit them from making a profit, which may jeopardize the future of their industry....

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UKGC labelled ‘Toothless’ In Scathing report

UKGC labelled ‘Toothless’ In Scathing report
The House of Commons’ Public Accounts Committee (PAC) released a scathing report on the performance of the UK Gambling Commission (GC) on regulating the gambling industry, labeling the regulatory body as toothless. The PAC’s mandate is to monitor government spending. Their report “Gambling regulation: problem gambling and protecting vulnerable people“, released on June 28, stated...

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