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History and Evolution of the UK Gambling Commission

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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.

George Miller started his career in content marketing and has started working as an Editor/Content Manager for our company in 2016. George has acquired many experiences when it comes to interviews and newsworthy content becoming Head of Content in 2017. He is responsible for the news being shared on multiple websites that are part of the European Gaming Media Network.

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Let’s have a look at this week’s latest slot game releases

NetEnt has expanded its selection of Asia-inspired slots with the launch of the highly energetic Sweety Honey FruityTM. The low-medium volatility game is a five-reel, 15-bet line video slot that combines an Oriental backdrop and traditional music with an exotic fruit theme. Dragon fruit, star fruit and juicy melons are among the tasty treats bursting onto the reels and combining to activate wild substitutions and free spins. Sweety Honey Fruity is NetEnt’s latest Asian-focused title, following last month’s release of Twin HappinessTM.

NetEnt - Sweety Honey Fruity

 

Microgaming has launched the latest slot game Deco Diamonds Deluxe, developed by Just For The Win. Deco Diamonds Deluxe is a vibrant five-reel, nine-payline, high-volatility online slot gleaming with diamond-encrusted reels, glitzy symbols and a swinging soundtrack. Offering a unique slice of 20s nostalgia, Deco Diamonds Deluxe is now available exclusively to Microgaming operators.

Microgaming - Deco Diamonds Deluxe

 

Endemol Shine Gaming has launched its new video slot Monster Meltdown, which introduces a brand new mechanic, Scatterways. Monster Meltdown is set in an industrial laboratory where robots work to rear radioactive monsters to use for scatterways wins. The robots can also trigger features with the levers to help maximise the wins.

Endemol Shine Gaming Launches Monster Meltdown Video Slot

 

The fascinating Volcano Wealth video slot from EGT Interactive has the awesome 100 fixed pay lines, so you get the max number of winning chances on each spin, 4 reel positions and 5 reels. The smooth graphic is in the hot theme with variety of fairy symbols. “Volcano” symbol is Wild and appears on all reels. It substitutes for all symbols on the same reel except Scatters. One of the main bonus features is a four-level mystery jackpot cards. Three or more Scatters trigger the other main, bonus feature – FREE SPINS. Available both on desktop and mobile.

Volcano Wealth. New video slot proposal from EGT Interactive

 

Tom Horn Gaming’s new slot game, Hot’n’Fruity, promises to satisfy any craving for a feature-packed, visually attractive gaming entertainment. In recent months the provider has upped its game, releasing more engaging titles with new innovative features, while still keeping classic player experience alive. This well-balanced combination of new ideas, presented in the form of game mechanics, and a tried and tested game concept, theme or visual is reflected also in Hot’n’Fruity.

Tom Horn’s Hot’n’Fruity promises classic entertainment with huge winning potential

 

Scary critters are lurking in the darkness of Greentube’s Home of Games with the arrival of the brand-new spooky slot, Bat Stax™. This hauntingly exciting new title is now available for all B2B partners – if they dare! Those who embrace the darkness in the 5-reel slot Bat Stax™ chance generous wins if the creatures of the night land in their favour. The thrilling gameplay requires players to be at their bravest as they head into the deepest, darkest caves in search of treasure.

Greentube's Latest Slot Release - Spooky Times Ahead In Bat Stax™

 

Yggdrasil, the innovative online gaming solutions provider, has released its darkest slot yet in time for Halloween, Blood Moon Wilds. The 3×5 game, set in the spooky bayou surrounding New Orleans, sees humans transform into treasure-seeking Werewolves under the light of the full moon. The title, which has been designed exclusively for GVC, is packed full of innovative features which can generate massive win potential. The lunar calendar appears on a dial above the game screen and turns with every spin. When the full moon lands in the base game the high pay symbol villagers are transformed into Werewolf Wilds.

Yggdrasil - Blood Moon Wilds

 

Play’n Go have provided the industry with more new content today, with the release of their new slot Cash Pump. Another innovative offering from the slot supplier, Cash Pump’s takes the novel approach of combining FOUR classic slot machines into one game! This gives players 4 different 3×3 reel play areas to win on with every spin. The game brings the 4 slots together with its creative in-game features. Firstly, the Free Spin mode is activated by landing Scatters on each slot, and landing a strip of Wilds on the middle reel of any play area duplicates across all four slots.

Play’n GO hit the Road with Latest Slot Release

 

Microgaming travels deep into the jungles of Africa with 9 Masks of Fire™, the latest online slot developed exclusively by Gameburger Studios, creators of the hit debut slot, Break da Bank Again Respin. 9 Masks of Fire is the second title from Gameburger Studios, a new independent game studio serving up exclusive, mouth-watering content to Microgaming. Ignited with glowing visuals, this fiery African-themed, 20-payline slot takes players on a search for coveted masks of fire across five red-hot reels fuelled by powerful gameplay features, including free spins, Mask Pays, and the Free Spin Wheel.

Microgaming sets the reels ablaze in 9 Masks of Fire™

 

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Puma Partners with Cloud9

Niji Narayan

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Puma has announced a multiyear partnership with esports brand Cloud9 to create an apparel collection for gamers.

“Tapping into the world of esports, and its broad, dynamic consumer audience, is critical to our marketing strategy moving forward,” Adam Petrick, global director of brand and marketing at Puma said.

“Being able to transcend esports and elevate our brand within a broader global audience is the natural evolution of the growth of Cloud9,” Jordan Udko, executive vice president, commercial partnerships for Cloud9 said.

The effort to capture consumers interested in esports to buy sneakers and apparel may be difficult for Puma and others, according to Matt Powell, a senior industry analyst for market researcher NPD Group.

“It’s really going to be interesting to see if anyone can monetize it. There is an opportunity for a connection. Players want to identify themselves as players. If this is how they choose to do it, there is a monetary opportunity. Whether the esports player is focused on that as much as the real sports player remains to be seen,” Powell said.

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GambleAware Receives £5.4m in Donations

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UK charity GambleAware has received £5.4m in donations during the period of six months upto September 30, 2019.

GVC remains the top donor with £1.46m. It is the same amount that the gambling operator donated during the previous fiscal. William Hill donated £1m, the same as last year. While Bet365 has donated £868k, Rank Group, through its Grosvenor Casinos and Mecca Bingo brands, has so far donated £284,500.

Earlier in the year, GambleAware announced that it would be funding an additional £3.9m for the treatment of problem gambling. Of the total £3.9m, £2.35m will go towards expanding infrastructure for in-person gambling addiction treatment in the UK and £705,000 will go to the National Gambling Helpline.

Another £435,000 would be spent on making computerised Cognitive Behavioural Therapy accessible to people. The remaining £438,000 will go towards developing a peer-to-peer gambling addiction treatment programme.

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