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Betting and Gaming Council’s Response To Peers For Gambling Reform’s Report

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Michael Dugher, the chief executive of Betting and Gaming Council (BGC), issued a statement as a response to recommendations of a recent report by Peers for Gambling Reform (PGR), an informal group of legislators with a common interest in gambling reform.

PGR had claimed in the report, based on the findings in its study that an overhaul of gambling would have a positive social effect on gambling in terms of employment, tax revenue and staff salary.

We reproduce here excerpts from BGC’s response.

“We welcome the Government’s Gambling Review and we are confident that Ministers will make sensible decisions for the future that are based on serious evidence, rather than the fantasy figures contained in this report.

“We 100 per cent committed to change and we hope that the White Paper will lead to a package of reforms that continue recent significant improvements in safer gambling.

“The dream of anti-gambling prohibitionists has always been to somehow force people not to gamble or to gamble less, just because they don’t like betting. A minority of peers may look down their noses at the millions of working people who enjoy a bet, but the truth is that the overwhelming majority do so perfectly safely. And the idea that somehow restricting betting would create more jobs is economically daft and frankly for the birds. This is the theory that if you closed the betting shops there would somehow be a boom in the sale of scented candles.

An authoritative report earlier this year by EY found that BGC members alone support 119,000 jobs, generates £4.5bn in tax to the Treasury and contributed £7.7bn for the UK economy in gross value added in 2019. This contribution will be vital as the Government tries to repair the nation’s finances in the wake of the pandemic.

“The financial support our members have given to sports such as horse racing, football, rugby league, darts and snooker has been a lifeline over the past year, so the suggestion that a ban on sponsorship will do anything other than drive people to the black market is bizarre.

“Furthermore, our members are spending £100m on research, education and treatment of problem gambling, as well as £10m on the Young People’s Gambling Harm Prevention programme.

“If people were restricted from betting in the regulated industry, they would simply migrate to the growing unlicensed, unsafe black market online that employs no one, pays no tax and contributes nothing to UK plc.”

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BGaming expands market via Greek licence

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BGaming is delighted to announce that the studio has been granted a Type A1 Supplier Greek licence from the Hellenic Gaming Commission. It is a significant decision for BGaming allowing to boost its international reach and deliver its products to the Greek market under the new regulations.

Obtaining the Greek licence for BGaming means opening access for 70+ studio products, including hits such as Elvis Frog in Vegas, Fruit Million, Aloha King Elvis, and the Brand Exclusive titles to Greek operators and thousands of players.

Marina Ostrovtsova, Executive Director at BGaming, noted: “We’re delighted to be awarded a licence by the Hellenic Gaming Commission and be able to provide our content to this regulated market. It is a great step for the studio, and for sure BGaming will continue to ride for our regulatory market journey”.

Earlier this year, BGaming received a Critical Supply Licence from the Maltese Gaming Authority.

The studio has released more than ten new games over the past ten months, including the first BGaming cascade slot called Bonanza Billion. At the beginning of 2022, the provider will launch its first crash-style game, Space XY.

 

BGaming is a fast-growing game 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 550+ online casinos worldwide. BGaming is the world’s first to support cryptocurrencies and offer Provably Fair games. Today the brand’s portfolio includes 70+ products with HD graphics and a clear user interface for every device.

 

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Push Gaming rolls out in Romania

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Push Gaming has launched its growing range of player-first games in Romania as the provider continues to grow its European footprint.

The announcement will see Push Gaming bring its award-winning games to the Romanian market, following its full certification to the standards set by Romania’s national regulator, the ONJN.

The highly respected accreditation and Push’s recent growth will allow it to partner with multiple leading operators as the supplier prepares to announce a series of multiple high-profile deals in the next few months.

Established as one of Europe’s most exciting tier-one game providers, Push’s content provision to new operators includes the SiGMA Europe Game of the Year, Jammin’ Jars 2, as well as winner at the CasinoBeats Developer Awards – Dinopolis, proving hugely popular with players with a one-of-a-kind dinosaur-based theme.

Led by Fiona Hickey, Head of Sales, the highly popular studio aims to continue its record-breaking 18 months of commercial success – with a mission to keep players at the heart of its highly engaging and immersive content.

Commenting on the supplier’s expansion plans, Fiona Hickey, Head of Sales at Push Gaming said: While already well-established in a relatively short space of time, the Romanian market has great potential to become even bigger and our innovative portfolio of games sets us up perfectly to make the most of the opportunity.

“These are exciting times for Push, we’re growing at a remarkable pace and with new key hires in place behind the scenes to support our accelerating expansion we’re in fantastic shape to make our mark in several new regions.”

The announcement comes on the back of a hugely successful year for Push Gaming, having picked up the Game of the Year crown at the 2021 SiGMA Europe Awards.

Established as one of the industry’s most entertaining suppliers, Push Gaming is live across the majority of Europe’s key regulated markets with the likes of Casumo, LeoVegas, Entain, The Rank Group, Betsson and PaddyPowerBetfair. Its growth roadmap is set to see entry into more global jurisdictions with further top-tier partners throughout 2022.

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UKGC: Regulatory action against Greentube Alderney Limited

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An online gambling business must pay £685,000 after a Commission investigation revealed social responsibility and money laundering failures.

Greentube Alderney – which operates admiralcasino.co.uk and bellfruitcasino – will also undergo extensive independent auditing for the failures which occurred between December 2019 and November 2020.

The Commission investigation revealed that the operator failed to:

  • interact with customers in a way which minimises the risk of customers experiencing gambling harms
  • conduct adequate assessments of the risk of money laundering
  • have in place and implement appropriate policies, procedures and controls to prevent money laundering
  • to alert the Commission to an event that could have a significant impact on the nature or structure of a licensee’s business

Helen Venn, Commission Executive Director, said: “Compliance with Commission rules aimed at keeping people safe and gambling crime free is not optional. We will always take firm action against those operators who fail to meet the high standards we expect for consumers in Britain.”

A public statement reveals more details of the failings.

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