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What you need to known about the new UKGC rules

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UK’s Gambling Commission (UKGC) has proposed a set of new rules which will come into effect from 31 October 2018. The new rules are expected to ensure better protection and fairer treatment for consumers from the part of gambling businesses.

The following are the five major points in the new rules that you must know.

1) “Operators will be required to abide by UK advertising codes which are written by the committees of advertising practice and enforced by the Advertising Standards Authority.”

2) “Operators will be held fully accountable for the actions and behaviours of third parties, including affiliates.”

3) “Operators will be required to comply with consumer law, particularly in relation to online promotions and the withdrawal of customer funds.”

4) “Operators will be required to introduce better complaint handling processes and we’re introducing a new eight-week limit for the resolution of customer complaints.”

5) “Operators will be required to ensure that they don’t spam UK consumers by electronic means.”

 

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Niji has been in the writing industry for well over a decade or so. He prides himself as one of the few survivors left in the world who have actually mastered the impossible art of copy editing. Niji graduated in Physics and obtained his Master’s degree in Communication and Journalism. He has always interested in sports writing and travel writing. He has written for numerous websites and his in-depth analytical articles top sports magazines like Cricket Today and Sports Today. Besides reporting industry headlines from all around the globe, Niji is also head of the content management team at Impressions Content Management, based in Kerala, India, which offers writing and editing services to clients around the world.

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Poland to fight against tax crimes

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A law has been prepared by the Ministry of Justice, which allows effective counteracting organised crime, especially tax crime, illegal circulation of alcohol, cigarettes and electronics or illegal gambling. This is done by the amendment of the Penal Code prepared in the Ministry of Justice.

The new law aimed at criminals who are cheating on taxes, duties or excises.

Revenues from VAT to the state budget in 2017 increased by PLN 30 billion, which is by almost a quarter compared to the previous year. This is more than all year spending on the “Rodzina 500+” programme.

The next action is far-reaching changes in the Penal Fiscal Code. They are necessary because the obsolete law (the Penal Fiscal Code Act has not undergone a deeper amendment for 10 years) means that huge amounts instead of, for example, social purposes go to the pockets of criminals who cheat on taxes, duties or excises.

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Compliance Updates

New iGaming rules for Greece

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The Hellenic Gaming Commission (EEEP) has publishing an updated list of rules on online gambling regulations. The new rule has amendments to the earlier set of regulations. In the new list of rules, EEEP proposes a range of player protection measures. The regulator is now inviting comments from the gaming industry and other interested parties regarding the new rules.

The regulations cover sports betting and table games, with random number generated casino games still controversially omitted. Licensees have to add responsible gambling information on all pages of their website, and offer the players the ability to set wagering limits. Operators will also be required to intervene by restricting players’ accounts, if displays the signs of problem gambling.

Players will also have the option to self-exclude online gambling either temporarily or permanently, with licensed operators required to check whether any new customers are listed on a national self-exclusion database before allowing them to gamble.

If the licensees have a valid reason, they can also exclude players from gambling, following the guidelines set by the EEEP. The EEEP has also set a number of rules related to advertising and online gambling. According to this, the licensees must avoid any malicious or offensive graphics and sounds in ads on their websites, while adverts should not block or overshadow the gaming area.

All adverts must be consistent with the terms and conditions of the game, and should not target players who have been excluded from gambling.

All licensees must seek permission to use the images of any sports players in their adverts.

Regarding the bonus features in games, the EEEP said that unless advertised differently, bonus games should subject to the same theoretical payable as all other games. Operators will also be required to clearly set out the rules of bonus games to players, displaying how much a player can win and the range of features that are included in the game.

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Patagonia Entertainment gears up for expansion in the Philippines

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Patagonia Entertainment gears up for expansion in the Philippines following a number of its popular Video Bingos have been certified for the iGaming market.

Patagonia’s in-house creative studio produces the best Video Bingo titles in the market. These have a fast-learning curve and perform equally well with players looking for some light entertainment and more adventurous high rollers. These games are particularly popular in the LATAM and Asian markets where Bingo has a strong historical and cultural presence. Each game is developed in HTML5 to enable players to access content from any mobile device.

Patagonia Entertainment’s Global Business Development Manager Victor Arias said: “The Philippines is an exciting opportunity for Patagonia as it represents a huge growth area for the business. Video Bingos are very popular in the region and the games will be a major asset for any iGaming companies expanding into this territory.”

 

About Patagonia Entertainment:

Patagonia Entertainment is a Video Bingo game development company known for creating innovative solutions for the e-gaming industry. Video Bingo is a hybrid between Bingo and Slot games. The company has managed to become one of the most popular game developers in the Latin American market and are rapidly growing into other markets. More information about Patagonia Entertainment can be found at www.patagonia-e.com.

 

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