Connect with us
SIS

Latest News

History and Evolution of the UK Gambling Commission

George Miller

Published

on

UK Gambling Commission opens consultation on high value 'VIP' customers
Reading Time: 4 minutes

 

The United Kingdom has a long history of gambling, and to this day it is one of the most lucrative markets in the world. It has also become a model for gambling regulation.

The UK Gambling Commission is the government body responsible for supervising and regulating all legal gambling activities in the United Kingdom. Formed following the Gambling Act 2005, the UKGC has become one of the most highly-regarded gambling authorities in Europe. Here we will take a look at the history of gambling in the UK, how the UKGC came into being, and how it has evolved since.

Gambling in the UK: A Brief History
Evidence of gambling activities goes right back to pre-history and early civilization, and it’s certainly been a huge part of the culture of the British Isles for many centuries. People living in the Middle Ages were wagering money on activities such as horse racing and dice and card games, as we still do today. In fact, the earliest recorded legislation to do with gambling goes back to 1190, when the king decreed that betting was for noblemen only and imposed a daily limit on how much could be wagered. Subsequent monarchs continued to impose more restrictions on gambling.

The history of gambling law in the UK is uneven, although the popularity of wagering has remained high. The first government-sanctioned national lottery occurred in 1694, and lotteries were a common way to raise funds for various projects, right up until the 19th century. During this later period, concern over the perceived immorality of betting led to the Gaming and Betting Acts of 1845 and 1853, which sought to ban commercial gambling, at least for the lower classes.

It wasn’t until the 1960s that any further legislation was introduced, with the Gaming Act of 1968 allowing commercial casinos for the first time. This was the start of modern gambling law, and was the direct precursor of the codes of practice that are in force today.

The Gambling Act 2005 and the Formation of the UKGC
By 2005, online casinos and sports betting were already big business, and it was clear that the laws needed to be updated to reflect the changed landscape. The Act’s primary objectives were threefold; to ensure that gambling was not associated with crime, to guarantee fairness, and to protect youth and vulnerable persons from being negatively impacted by gambling.

The cornerstone of the new Act was the formation of the UK Gambling Commission, an executive public body of the British government sponsored by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. The UKGC is responsible for the oversight of all legal gambling activities in the UK, both online and in physical establishments, as well as regulating the National Lottery. The Commission replaced the Gaming Board for Great Britain from 1968.

The UKGC has the power to verify that providers comply with the codes of practice established by the Act, and to investigate whether offences have been committed. It can also pursue legal action against any such infringements. Licenses are granted, refused and revoked by the Commission.

How the UKGC Protects Players
The creation of the Commission is considered to be of great benefit to consumers. The codes of practice surrounding fair play, anti-money laundering and responsible gaming have been strictly enforced since the 2005 Act, and the UK has one of the most tightly regulated gambling markets in the world. Unlike some other jurisdictions, which either leave the market totally unregulated or impose strict limits on where players can go to gamble, the UK market is both well-regulated and open.

Considering the profitability of the UK for operators, and the potential penalties for breaking the rules, casino and gambling providers are happy to comply with the licensing requirements. This gives players an enormous choice, particularly in online UK casino sites, of safe and secure providers. To guarantee that the casino sites you are interested in hold a license from the UKGC, consult a trusted source like https://casinopilot.co.uk and choose from one of their verified operators.

The 2005 Act was the most comprehensive overhaul of gambling regulation since the 1960s, but there have been some amendments since then to take into account the changes that have occurred.

Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Act 2014
The Act of 2005 did take into account the role of online casinos, but by 2014 the ruling Conservative government decided that new rules needed to be created surrounding remote gambling. Previous to this, operators outside of Great Britain could legally advertise and provide their services to UK players, provided that they were based in the EEA or in one of the whitelisted jurisdictions specified – this included Alderney, the Isle of Man and Tasmania.

The changes brought in in 2014 refocused the licensing requirements on the point of consumption; if the end users were in the UK, then the provider must hold one or more licenses from the Commission in order to advertise or operate here. The new law also imposed a gambling duty of 15% of gross gambling profits from UK residents.

Recent Updates
The latest measures introduced to gambling law came into effect in 2018, following a consultation with industry stakeholders.

The new requirements implemented are focused on giving customers of online casino websites better tools to monitor their own gambling practices. This includes allowing players to easily access their account, gambling and transaction history for specified periods and going back a minimum of twelve months. It also requires that consumers must be able to see their net deposits rather than just their winnings, and set limits on their spending in a variety of ways. Many of these provisions had already existed as responsible gaming recommendations, but now they are part of the licensing requirements.

What the Future Holds
The future of gambling law in the UK depends on multiple factors, such as the outcome of Brexit, who is in power and how much importance future administrations will put on such matters. If Britain leaves the EU, there may need to be negotiations over cross-border gambling duty.

However, the robust UK gambling laws are an advantage for casino sites in this country who provide their services in other European markets. Current members of the Labour Party have expressed a desire to further restrict playing at online casinos, with suggestions such as capping betting amounts and banning credit card payments. Such proposals have been welcomed by some, with others cautioning that it may encourage players to turn their backs on legal sites.

As gambling evolves and changes, so must the UKGC stay abreast of and respond to developments as they occur. A recent example of action taken was in regards to fixed-odds betting terminals, which offer games like roulette and blackjack on physical machines in betting shops and casinos. When it was revealed that players in Britain were losing almost £2bn per year, the government enacted a law to reduce the maximum stake from £100 to £2. The implementation and enforcement of this law is the responsibility of the UK Gambling Commission.

Latest News

WCC’s new Career Mode : The most challenging update in cricket gameplay till date

George Miller

Published

on

WCC’s new Career Mode : The most challenging update in cricket gameplay till date
Reading Time: 2 minutes

 

Stirs excitement among 110 million WCC fans 

Nextwave Multimedia, India’s leading game developer launches the third installment of the World Cricket Championship (WCC 3) with its first full-fledged career mode in a mobile cricket game. Amidst the Covid-19 pandemic cancellation of live sports, the career mode’s unique features promise to keep the cricket fever alive among fans around the world. The new career mode will have a cricket season sprawling across 3 brackets, 25 series, and 400+ matches with a built-in challenging performance decision system which determines your rise in ranks starting from a local club to the national or international level.

You can install this game on Android from the link below :
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nextwave.wcc3&hl=en_IN

WCC 3’s career mode stands apart with a 3D motion capture feature in a mobile cricket game along with other exclusive features like dynamic difficulty, choice, perma match flow and decision making system and visuals cut-scenes of the player getting selected, making it to the media and many moments of success and failure in a cricket career.

The WCC 3 installation is being launched in 3 phases. WCC 3 saw an overwhelming response with 500,000 pre-registrations within 2 weeks’ time of the opening. The game also saw 2 million downloads with commentators Aakash Chopra and Matthew Hayden with the first update. The WCC franchise boasts over 110 million downloads, with 15 million monthly active users and approx. 3 million users daily. The franchise has been a long standing successful cricket game and rated among the top 10 games in terms of monthly active users in India for 4 years in a row.

WCC 3 comes with a competitive multiplayer mode focusing on facing off with other players and becomes a communal activity which gamers can become part of 500 plus realistic animations simulate actual cricket. Updated gameplay mechanics, numerous new camera angles, real-time motion capture of athletes and professional cricketers, advanced artificial intelligence along with the bilingual commentary provide an enhanced, all-round gameplay experience.

On the new update, P.R.Rajendran, Founder and CEO, Nextwave Multimedia says, “The new career mode has been the most awaited feature by millions of our fans and we are working to further innovate with more cut scenes to enhance their experience, making it even more immersive. The game inputs are often guided by our fans and with all matches at a halt due to the pandemic, we hope that the game will fill the cricket void.”

World Cricket Championship has grown exponentially and is largely fan driven. The game has always strived to provide quality gaming content aided by continual innovation for its players. WCC 3 beta has since its launch touched 3 million downloads in 50 days and continues to maintain steady growth.

Continue Reading

Latest News

LiveG24 games land at Planetwin365 live Casinò

George Miller

Published

on

LiveG24 games land at Planetwin365 live Casinò
Reading Time: < 1 minute

 

With the new partnership between the SKS365 brand and the software provider specialized in Live Casino Games, the best titles will be available from today for all Planetwin365 customers

Planetwin365 has signed a new agreement with top-class software provider LiveG24s to offer to its customers the most popular Live Casino games such as Roulette, Blackjack and Baccarat.

Thanks to this partnership, Planetwin365 players will be able to entertain themselves with the best live experience at the game table. LiveG24 is specialized in Live Casino Games and offers to its partners and their players the closest land-based casino experience ‘Online’.

Valentina Francione, LiveG24 Commercial Director commented: “We are very excited about the partnership with Planetwin365, and we look forward to contribute to their Live Casino expansion.

In addition to Roulette, Blackjack and Baccarat, Planetwin365’s customers will be delighted to play Auto Roulette, the new High Low game with side bets based on multiplier, and also the Dual Play Roulette broadcasted directly from the Land Based Casino.

We keep going to integrate our offer to meet the needs of an increasingly demanding and various customer base – added Troy Cox, Chief Commercial Officer in SKS365Relying on the best players in the market gives us the opportunity to guarantee one of the highest levels of digital entertainment which stands out for innovation, evolution and, above all, security.

Continue Reading

Latest News

Week 27/2020 slot games releases

George Miller

Published

on

Week 27/2020 slot games releases
Reading Time: 4 minutes

 

Here are this weeks latest slots releases!

Stakelogic has released its latest slot Dragons and Magic. The game is taking players to a mysterious land of fire, ice and poisonous dragons. Players wander through a dark and dangerous forest in search of treasures such as Wilds, Free Spins, Multipliers and Expanding Reels that can potentially deliver big, mega and insane wins. The 5×3 reel video slot allows players to open the spell book and summon tremendous magic powers with between 243 and 7776 ways to win with every spin. When three or more Scatter Symbols land anywhere on the reels, the Free Spins bonus feature is triggered summoning up to 50 bonus spins.

Stakelogic Releases its Latest Slot “Dragons and Magic”

 

Habanero has launched its latest immersive slot title, Hey Sushi. Set to be one of Habanero’s summer highlights, this exotic, high-volatility release sees a delicious range of sushi-themed symbols cascade down a 5×3 grid, as discerning players savour the chance to enjoy thrilling wins. The game awards 10 free games for every three Scatter symbols that land on the reels, with sushi symbols triggering multipliers of up to x15.

Habanero cooks up a feast with Hey Sushi

 

NetGame Entertainment has released its latest slot MMA Legends. The slot combines real casino online game with betting. In this new game, players will get the chance to appear among the great legends of the sport and feel every emotion of the martial art, where everything depends on technique and good fortune. The slot is equipped with 5 reels and 50 paylines. Both theme and gameplay of the slot are amazing and make the players feel like they are in the middle of a real fight club.

NetGame Entertainment Releases its New Slot “MMA Legends”

 

WeAreCasino has introduced its latest slot. The 20-payline slot features several high paying symbols that can lead to great rewards such as the Dagger, Lamp, Gemstone and the enchanting BellyDance that serves as a Wild. When 3 or more Scatter symbols ​​land on the reels, up to 60 Free Spins can be summoned. Once the player finds 3 or more Treasure Chests, mysterious hidden chests will emerge and can be unlocked for Bonus rewards and spins. A Genie can also double one’s riches for those who dare enter his gamble game.

WeAreCasino Unveils its New Slot “BELLY DANCE”

 

Relax Gaming, igaming aggregator and supplier of unique content, is commencing a battle for big wins in its latest release Marching Legions. The 5×3 slot is packed with engagement-enhancing features, including Marching Respins, Nudges and Free Spins, which make for an epic gameplay as players try to command and conquer the reels to win up to 10,000x their bet. As on any battlefield, there’s strength in numbers. Each time a full stack of legionaries appears they brandish their swords and charge across the game area, triggering Respins in their wake.

Relax Gaming rallies the troops in its new slot Marching Legions

 

Blueprint Gaming is once again delving deep into the ancient Egyptian tomb to bring players the riches of the Pharaohs in its latest addition to the hugely popular Eye of Horus franchise. Eye of Horus Gambler presents players with new levels of engagement, not seen in the original Reel Time Gaming (RTG) version which was successfully transitioned from retail to the online slots market by Blueprint back in 2017. Retaining the captivating charms of the classic title, which has developed a cult following across many of the major European gaming regions, Blueprint has incorporated a selectable Free Games feature which allows players to take control of the bonus and choose their own destiny.

Blueprint Gaming uncovers more mystery with Eye of Horus Gambler

 

Play’n GO have teamed up with global skateboard superstar Nyjah Huston and 5th Planet Games to launch their latest slot title Nyjah Huston – Skate for Gold. Widely considered one of the most successful skateboarding athletes ever, Nyjah Huston is a 6-time World Skateboarding Champion, and the slot celebrates his talent on a board. The slot brings the skill and excitement of pulling off combos onto the reels with some exciting new features, and these are the game’s crowning achievements. Both features, SKATE and Wildboard, challenge players to complete combos with Nyjah’s game symbols, which will release an animated Nyjah onto the grid as he kicks and flips across the reels, leaving a trail of Wilds in his wake.

Nyjah Huston Goes for Gold with Play'n GO

 

Return to the funky 90s and experience summer on a Miami beach where the fun never stops in BF Games’ latest slot title Hot Sunrise. This 3×3 neon-lit slot offers players the perfect summer vibes and is brimming with hot new features, fantastic gameplay and big rewards. A Wild symbol can substitute all other symbols and landing a stack of identical symbols on two of the reels awards a Respin. Hot Sunrise also comes with a new turbo feature which speeds up the excitement for players. When nine identical symbols land, players get a chance to spin the exciting Wheel Bonus for a chance to claim generous multipliers.

BF Games raises the temperature with latest title Hot Sunrise

 

Continue Reading
Advertisement
NSoft

Global Gaming Industry Newsletter – Weekly Digest (sent every Wednesday)

Please select all the ways you would like to hear from European Gaming Media and Events:

You can unsubscribe at any time by clicking the link in the footer of our emails. For information about our privacy practices, please visit our website.

We use Mailchimp as our marketing platform. By clicking below to subscribe, you acknowledge that your information will be transferred to Mailchimp for processing. Learn more about Mailchimp's privacy practices here. Read more about European Gaming Media and Event's Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.

Subscribe to our News via Email

Enter your email address to subscribe to our news and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Trending

Notice for AdBlock users

We are constantly showing banners about important news regarding events and product launches. Please turn AdBlock off in order to see these areas.