The UK’s Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has announced its support to the “Peers for Gambling Reform” that will consist of 150 Lords from the upper house of government which will shape the government’s path on any future gambling legislation.
Michael Dugher, CEO of the Betting and Gaming Council, said: “As the new standards body for the regulated sector, the BGC is committed to driving big changes in the regulated betting and gaming industry.
“It is important to remember that the vast majority of the nearly 30 million UK adults who enjoy an occasional flutter every year, either on the Lottery, bingo, sports, casinos or gaming, do so perfectly safely. But one problem gambler is one too many and that is why – like the new peers’ group – we also support reform. It is also why we welcomed the House of Lords committee report into the social and economic impact of the gambling industry earlier this year.
“Since being set up last year, the BGC have introduced a range of measures to ensure we are leading a race to the top on standards. These include cooling off periods on gaming machines, encouraging deposit limits, closing off VIP schemes to under-25s and massively increasing funding for research, education and treatment.
“At the start of the Covid lockdown, BGC members voluntarily removed all TV and radio advertising, and have agreed that at least 20 per cent of those ads will be safer gambling messages going forward.
“Our members also introduced the whistle to whistle ban on TV betting ads during live sports programmes, which has reduced the number seen by young people at those times by 97 per cent. And from 1 October, tough new measures will come into force to further prevent under-18s from being able to see betting adverts.
“We want to go further, however, and that is why we look forward to working with the Government on the forthcoming Gambling Review.”
BGaming Expands Market Footprint with Romanian Licence
BGaming is delighted to announce that the studio has been granted a Class II licence from Romanian National Gambling Office. It is a significant decision for BGaming, allowing it to boost its international reach and deliver its products to the Romanian market.
Obtaining the Romanian licence for BGaming means opening access to more than 90 high-quality products, including recent hits such as Wild Cash, Wild Cashx9999, the popular Elvis Frog series, and the Brand Exclusive titles to Romanian operators and thousands of players.
Marina Ostrovtsova, CEO at BGaming, said: “We’re happy to resume our business in the Romanian market and see great opportunities for growth in the region. BGaming’s content matches all the country standards, and we’re delighted to provide high-quality games for local operators and thousands of Romanian players“.
Earlier this year, BGaming announced that the studio has implemented all the technical improvements required by the German market regulator and started to provide its iGaming content to the local operators and partners working with German traffic and operating in the .de national domains.
BGaming is a fast-growing iGaming content provider converting gambling into gaming. Thanks to an expert team and a player-driven approach, the studio creates innovative and engaging products featured on reputable platforms and 700+ online casinos worldwide. BGaming is the world’s first to support cryptocurrencies and offer Provably Fair games. Today the brand’s portfolio includes 90+ products with HD graphics and a clear user interface for every device.
GRID is the first esports data company to receive the IBIA Data Standards accreditation
The International Betting Integrity Association’s (IBIA), the industry accreditation relating to the quality of data collection and distribution in sports betting has been given to GRID Esports, a Game Data Platform and a long-standing partner of renowned gaming companies such as Riot Games, Krafton, WePlay or BLAST. Among the companies previously recognised with the IBIA accreditation are Sportradar and Stats Perform.
The GRID’s recognition has been awarded after successfully completing the independent audit conducted by the eCommerce and Online Gaming Regulation and Assurance (eCOGRA), an organisation specialising in the testing, inspection, and certification of online gambling software and systems.
Khalid Ali, CEO of IBIA, said: “This is an important milestone in the evolution of the Data Standards accreditation with GRID being the first esports-focused data company achieving the accreditation. It recognises a high level of integrity in the collation and distribution of esports data by GRID, which in turn gives an important reassurance to those parties wishing to utilise that data that it is of a high level of reliability and accuracy. It is essential that consumers have confidence in the integrity of the product and of the data supply chain creating that product.”
The companies awarded the accreditation must comply with the IBIA’s standards to ensure high levels of accuracy and transparency. The standards cover three main areas: personnel vetting and training, data collation processes, and data integrity and reporting.
“GRID has been created upon the conviction that official data assets should be standard in gaming and esports. For the past four years, we have been building and improving our technology to ensure that the quality of our service, reliability of data, and level of support we offer to our partners enable the sustainable growth of the industry we are passionate about. We are proud of what we have achieved so far and being awarded the IBIA accreditation is a testimony to the hard work of our team and a great motivation to strive for excellence.” – Mikael Westerling, CSO at GRID Esports.
edict egaming is granted gaming licence by Malta Gaming Authority
edict egaming GmbH, an experienced expert for high-quality online casino solutions based in Hamburg, was recently granted a gaming licence by the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA). This entitles the Gauselmann Group subsidiary to operate its online gaming offering in licensed markets in the EU. The edict Malta Limited affiliate has held an MGA licence for a number of years, in addition to licences from the UK Gambling Commission, the Gambling Supervision Commission of the Isle of Man as well as the Kahnawake Gaming Commission.
“We are proud to have been granted a further MGA licence and will continue in our endeavour to obtain B2B licences wherever this is possible in regulated markets. We are planning to expand our presence in North America and will soon apply for a licence in Ontario,” explains Dominic-Daniel Liénard, CEO of edict egaming GmbH.
Since 2001, the state supervisory authority MGA has been issuing and monitoring gaming licences to operators of land-based and virtual casinos, gaming arcades and betting shops that have a registered office in Malta. Obtaining a licence from the MGA is linked to very high requirements for the licensee, meaning that online gamers can rely on a reputable operator when using an MGA-licensed online casino.
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