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United Kingdom

For years, the U.K. maintained one of the most progressive regulatory frameworks for online gaming in the world. But that changed in 2014.

The Gambling Act 2005 modernized regulations for the U.K. gaming industry. It created the U.K. Gambling Commission, a regulatory body with the authority to license and regulate gambling. The Gambling Commission began accepting applications for licenses on 2 January 2006, and began awarding them in September 2007.

The Gambling Act 2005 includes many conditions concerning problem gambling and requires online gambling licensees to establish policies for promoting socially responsible gambling. These policies must be published and explain how the operator will contribute to the research into the prevention and treatment of problem gambling, to public education on the risks and safety of gambling, and to the identification of problem gamblers. Operators must also clearly state on their website where players may seek help for problem gambling. Employers of online gambling operators must ensure their employees are properly trained in identifying problem gambling and have procedures in place for addressing customers on this matter. Online gambling operators must also give their players the ability to exclude themselves from their services and advertisers must comply with the advertising codes of practice to not promote irresponsible gambling behavior, including underage gambling.

The 2005 Act also gave the European Economic Area (EEA) and other "whitelisted" countries unfettered access to the U.K. market. Whitelisted countries outside the EEA include Alderney, Antigua and Barbuda, Gibraltar, Isle of Man and Tasmania. The promotion of international online gambling in the U.K. from countries other than the U.K., the EEA and the "whitelist" is not allowed.

In addition to being able to operate from a whitelisted jurisdiction, online gaming operators were also able to enjoy the tax benefits of those jurisdictions.

But in December 2014, the U.K. implemented a new regulatory scheme that required operators to obtain U.K. licenses and implemented a 15% point of consumption tax. That means for all wagers placed in the U.K., operators have to pay a 15% tax on gross profits. This tax rate is in line with the current tax rate for online gaming operators licensed by the U.K.

Previously, many of the big operators in the U.K. operated offshore, where they faced a tax of 1%.

The 15% tax on gross profits is eating into overall profits – and it's changing the industry in ways both expected and completely unexpected.

In the expected camp, offshore jurisdictions like the Isle of Man are looking for ways to give operators financial relief from the new tax. Some operators chose to withdraw from the U.K. market. In the unexpected camp, some operators are restructuring player loyalty programs to account for the new tax. Full Tilt Poker announced a 20% reduction in the rate at which rewards points are given to players. Full Tilt cited the new point of consumption tax as the prime reason for the change.

Online gaming in the U.K. is defined as gambling in which people participate by using "remote communication such as the internet, telephone, television, radio, and any other kind of electronic or other technology for facilitating communication." The U.K.'s objective with its licensing structure is to prevent problem gambling, ensure that online gambling is fair, and protect children and other vulnerable people from the harms of gambling.

Operators may locate their facilities in the country and offer all types of online gaming, including poker, sports and race betting, casino games, and online slots, abiding by the remote and gambling software technical standards as outlined by the Gambling Commission.

Currently, binary options, or fixed-odds bets on financial markets, are regulated as gambling transactions. However, financial betting could soon come out from the scope of the Gambling Act 2005 and be regulated as a financial product. Binary options account for less than 1% of the regulated online gambling market in the U.K., according to the U.K. Gambling Commission.

There are six types of online gambling operating licenses operators may apply for: a casino operating license, a bingo operating license, a general betting operating license, a pool betting operating license, a betting intermediary operating license and a lottery operating license. Operators who wish to operate more than one type need only apply for one betting license type.

To apply for an operating license, applicants must pay an application fee and an annual fee once the operating license is granted. Both the application fees and annual operating fees are based on the type of license and are on a sliding scale based on gross gambling yield.

The U.K. Gambling Commission reported that the remote gambling sector (online betting, bingo and casino games) is responsible for 37.1% of the U.K.'s overall gambling market after generating GBP 5.4 billion in revenue from April 2017 to March 2018, a 13.7% year-over-year increase. Within the remote sector, casino games generated GBP 3.0 billion in GGY, predominantly through slots games (GBP 2.0 billion, 69.1%). GGY for remote betting totals GBP 2.3 billion and is dominated by football and horse betting.

As of 31 March 2018, the total quantity of activities permitted in relation to remote gambling licenses issued was 888, an increase of 13.8% over the previous period. Gambling software and remote casino licences accounted for 56.1% of all remote activities licensed. There were 33.58 million active customer accounts in the remote sector, across remote casino, bingo and betting operators. Within the same period, there were 35.39 million new account registrations. Within these customer gambling accounts, GBP 784.77 million worth of funds was held by remote operators.

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Address
UK Gambling Commission
Victoria Square House
Victoria Square
Birmingham, England
United Kingdom B2 4BP

Website

Email

Business Offices
+44 121-2306666

Fax
+44 121-2306720

View All Gaming Jurisdictions
 
Bonuses! New games! Gossip! And all the player news you can handle. Sign up NOW!

United Kingdom Jurisdiction News

iGaming in a post-Brexit environment
As Brexit looms on the horizon, Ron Mendelson from Fast Offshore explains the climate of uncertainty surrounding iGaming operators.

APCW Perspectives: FOBT catastrophe and UKGC fines
J. Todd has online gambling news from the U.K. this week, as bookmakers are now worried that cutting the stakes on betting machines could have "catastrophic" consequences.

APCW Perspectives: Speaking of gambling news . . .
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APCW Perspectives: A brave, new, regulated world
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APCW Perspectives: Rules, bans and sarcasm
J. Todd brings the sarcasm as he takes a look at the online gambling news making headlines this week. Stories of note come from the U.K. and Australia. There's also the approval of an industry merger. Plus, the APCW welcomes a new member.

APCW Perspectives: 'Unfair obstacles' for UK players
This week, the U.K.'s Competition and Markets Authority is looking at several online gambling companies regarding unfair practices involving player accounts. J. Todd also has news from Australia and Portugal, as well as more fallout over potential changes to fixed odds betting terminals.

APCW Perspectives: Gamblin' in the rain
This week, a decision looms regarding Fixed Odds Betting Terminals in the U.K., and there's some increased interest in the potential U.S. sports betting market.

APCW Perspectives: Rollin' with the changes
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