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
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
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
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
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
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
The European Commission has commenced a games industry consultation, looking to assess the impact of in-app purchasing models. ...more
Read the Gambling Commission’s updated guidance for those preparing for the new regulatory regime in Great Britain....more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Various interested parties put their points across in Committee today, as the Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Bill makes its way through Parliament....more
The British Parliament will consider the proposed changes to remote gambling regulation at the Bill’s second reading on 5 November....more
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
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 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
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