Stephen Ketteley

Stephen Ketteley

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EU: Commission recommends principles to Member States to promote effective protection of consumers

On Monday 14th July, the European Commission issued its Recommendation for the principles that Member States should consider adopting for the further protection of the consumers of online gambling services. In 2011,...more

7/16/2014 - European Commission Gambling Internet Gambling

GB: latest Gambling Commisson FAQs published

The Gambling Commission has published its latest set of FAQs. A key addition is the confirmation of the Commission’s expectations in terms of the presentation by B2B operators of their risk rationales....more

7/14/2014 - B2B Organizations Gambling UK

GB: What is gambling software?

The Gambling Commission has published a guidance note aimed at assisting the industry determine what constitutes “gambling software” and which entities within a supply chain require a licence from the Gambling...more

7/7/2014 - Gambling Gaming UK

GB: Statutory Instrument confirming transitional timetable for the upcoming licensing process is published

The Government has published The Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Act 2014 (Transitional Provisions) Order 2014, which confirms the transitional timetable for the upcoming licensing process....more

6/26/2014 - Gambling Gaming UK

GB: POC licensing process – updated FAQs published

The Gambling Commission has published the latest set of FAQs to assist applicants with the licence application process....more

6/23/2014 - Gambling Licensing Rules

GB: Gambling Commission updates testing strategy guidance

In preparation for the implementation of the new point-of-consumption regulatory regime, the Gambling Commission has published an update to its testing strategy document, which aims to assist licence holders with compliance...more

6/23/2014 - Compulsory Licenses Gambling Internet Gambling Licensing Rules UK

GB: Letter before action issued to British Government; citing potential judicial review of amendments to the Gambling Act

The Gibraltar Betting and Gaming Association, a trade body representing the Gibraltar operators, has published correspondence between its external legal counsel and both the British Government and the British Gambling...more

6/19/2014 - Gambling Gaming

Social Gaming: Detailed study into the interplay between social gaming and real-money gaming published

The International Social Gaming Association, the trade body representing many of the leading providers of casino-style social games, has published a detailed report analysing the social games phenomenon....more

5/30/2014 - Gambling Gaming

EU: Detailed studies of the relationship between sports and gambling published

The International Centre for Sports Security, in collaboration with the University of Sorbonne, has published a detailed analysis of the integrity issues facing sport in the context of betting. ...more

5/19/2014 - EU Gambling Sports Sports Betting

GB: Point-of-consumption amendments to the Gambling Act receive Royal Assent

The Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Act received Royal Assent last night (14 May), ending weeks of speculation in the industry as to when the amendments to the British Gambling Act 2005 would finally go through the final...more

5/15/2014 - Amended Legislation Gambling Legislative Process UK

GB: Gambling Commission publishes final, consolidated Licence Conditions and Codes of Practice

Following two consultations conducted towards the end of 2013, the Gambling Commission has published the final Licence Conditions and Codes of Practice (“LCCP“). These three consultations resulted in the publication of...more

5/14/2014 - Gambling Gaming Gaming Commissions UK

UK: Committees of Advertising Practice launch review of gambling advertising

The Committees of Advertising Practice (CAP), the body that writes and maintain the UK Advertising Codes, has instigated a review of the the latest evidence underpinning the gambling advertising rules to ensure that consumers...more

4/30/2014

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

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