Stephen Ketteley

Stephen Ketteley

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GB: Gambling Commission publishes first tranche of responses to licensing conditions consultation

Following last year’s consultation, the Gambling Commission has published the first of three documents setting out the responses to the consultation and the Commission’s consequential position....more

4/1/2014 - Gambling Gaming Gaming Commissions

Poland: Additional payment services available to operators regulated under the Polish Gambling Act

Changes to the Polish Gambling Act have broadened the array of payment service providers that Polish-licensed operators can use. In October 2013, an amendment to the Polish Gambling Act came into force which changed the...more

3/25/2014

UK: Budget 2014 – changes announced to gambling duties; Levy consultation announced

The Chancellor of the Exchequer gave his Budget speech today. Gaming duty revalorisation – The government will increase gaming duty bands in line with RPI for accounting periods starting on or after 1 April 2014....more

3/19/2014 - Duties Federal Budget Gambling Levy UK

GB: POC Bill – new FAQs issued by the Commission as the Bill reaches its final stages of the Parliamentary process

The Gambling (Licencing and Advertising) Bill (“Bill“) receives its Third Reading in the House of Lords, the upper chamber of the British Parliament today. It has always been envisaged that following the Third Reading, the...more

3/18/2014 - Gambling Gaming Commissions UK

GB: Government moves to ensure that overseas bookmakers pay the Levy

A late amendment has been introduced to the Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Bill in an attempt to extend the territorial reach of British legislation to require overseas operators to pay the horseracing levy....more

3/10/2014 - Horse Racing Sports Betting UK

GB: Advertising issues raised again in the POC Bill legislative debates

The Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Bill continues its progress through the legislature and we await Royal Assent. Throughout the process, amendments have been discussed in the House of Commons and, lately, in the House...more

3/4/2014 - Gambling Gaming UK

EU: European Commission consults the games industry on in-app purchasing models

The European Commission has commenced a games industry consultation, looking to assess the impact of in-app purchasing models. ...more

2/28/2014 - App Developers EU European Commission Office of Fair Trading Online Gaming UK

GB: Gambling Commission publishes updated guidance on POC licensing process

Read the Gambling Commission’s updated guidance for those preparing for the new regulatory regime in Great Britain....more

2/10/2014 - Gambling Gaming Commissions UK

GB: Final form licence application forms and guidance published

The Gambling Commission has published the new application forms and associate guidance. Any operator or supplier required to obtain a licence will need to complete these forms and should be familiarising themselves with the...more

2/10/2014 - Gambling Gaming Gaming Commissions

UK: Advertising watchdog publishes guidance to the gambling industry

The UK’s advertising regulator has published a new Help Note on the rules for gambling advertisements to assist the industry to be responsible and to ensure that children, as well as vulnerable people, are protected....more

2/4/2014 - Advertising Gambling UK

UK: OFT gives games developers 2 months to comply with consumer laws (or else)

Following the consultation it carried out last year into the freemium games markets, the UK’s consumer watchdog, the Office of Fair Trading, has published its finalised set of principles to be adhered to by the games...more

1/31/2014 - Games Gaming OFT UK

US: FinCEN further clarifies application of money transmission rules to virtual currency

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (a branch of the US Treasury) has published two administrative rulings, providing additional information on whether a person’s conduct related to convertible virtual currency brings...more

1/31/2014 - Bank Secrecy Act Bitcoins FinCEN Virtual Currency

Great Britain: Internet Providers reject blocking of illegal gambling sites

According to a report by the Financial Times, British internet service providers (ISPs) have rejected an attempt by the Gambling Commission to post warning pages on unlicensed gambling websites, alerting the user that the...more

1/30/2014 - Internet Internet Gambling Internet Service Providers UK

UK: Guidance on what constitutes “bingo”

In the UK, we have (like a number of other jurisdictions) an array of definitions for gaming products. “Bingo” is defined as “any version of that game, irrespective of by what name it is described” (s353(1)), which is not the...more

1/22/2014 - Gambling Gaming UK

UK: FOBT debate heats up

For those following the ongoing political wranglings over gaming machines in UK betting shops, yesterday’s Parliamentary developments were particularly noteworthy. The issue became front-and-centre in Prime Minister’s...more

1/9/2014 - Gambling Online Gaming Sports Betting UK

UK: HMRC releases preliminary guidance on the point-of-consumption regime

With effect from 1 December 2014, the rules for Remote Gaming Duty, General Betting Duty and Pool Betting Duty will change. HMRC has released a note in preparation of the move to a point-of-consumption licensing regime for...more

12/13/2013 - Gambling Licenses Point-of-Consumption UK

GB: PoC Bill – summary of written evidence from stakeholders

Following the Parliamentary Committee hearings last month, where the Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Bill was discussed in detail, the Committee has published a detailed summary of the written evidence lodged by a...more

12/3/2013 - Evidence Shareholders UK

UK: Communications watch-dog releases detailed analysis of gambling advertising on TV

In a wide-ranging and extremely detailed report, OFCOM, the UK’s communications regulator, has released results of it analysis of gambling advertisements on television....more

11/20/2013 - Gambling Telecommunications UK

EU : Commission launches infringement proceedings against 6 Member States; re-ignites proceedings against Sweden

Today, the European Commission has called on a number of Member States to ensure compliance of their national regulatory frameworks for gambling services with the Treaty on the Functioning of the EU....more

11/20/2013 - Compliance EU European Commission Gambling Infringement

Great Britain: “Point of Consumption” Bill debated at Committee stage

Various interested parties put their points across in Committee today, as the Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Bill makes its way through Parliament....more

11/12/2013 - Gambling UK

Great Britain: POC Bill second reading announced for 5 November

The British Parliament will consider the proposed changes to remote gambling regulation at the Bill’s second reading on 5 November....more

10/28/2013 - Gambling UK

Great Britain: Gambling Commission publishes a summary of the pending changes in remote gambling regulation

The British Gambling Commission continues its preparation for the pending point-of-consumption regulatory regime and has today published a useful summary of how these changes will impact the industry....more

10/22/2013 - Gambling Gaming Commissions UK

All-In@EiG 2013 - Co-ordinated Advice on a Global Scale.

Welcome to EiG 2013 - Last year we referenced the sense of deja vu in the preceding 12 month period and not surprisingly, the same themes and issues have dominated the online gambling industry since 2012. The...more

10/9/2013 - EU Gambling Internet Gambling Licenses Online Poker Social Gaming Sweepstakes TFEU UK

UK: OFT publishes results of freemium study

The UK’s consumer watchdog, the Office of Fair Trading, has published the results of its consultation into the business practices of games providers, with a particular focus on the relationship between such products and the...more

9/26/2013 - EU Gaming Licenses Office of Fair Trading UK

British gambling regulation is changing – are you getting ready?

The British Gambling Commission has begun formal consultation on an array of issues. It is asking the industry for its help in shaping the regulatory regime of the future. In this briefing, we provide a detailed...more

9/19/2013 - Advertising Gambling Licensing Rules Online Gaming Online Poker Software UK

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