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Rank Group renews bingo, games contract with Playtech
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Yggdrasil begins process of certification for Italy
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Codeta launches major funding round
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SIS to become sole provider of race day data to online market
The company has exited licensing agreements with other providers of its horse and greyhound racing data to the online bookmaker industry and will now be the sole supplier of core race day data for Irish and U.K. horse racing and greyhound racing.

Codeta sees success in the U.K. market
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APCW Perspectives: Holiday cheer and gambling bribes
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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 able to enjoy the tax benefits of those jurisdictions as well.

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 would 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 has the potential to significantly eat 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

IWG pens deal with GVC Holdings
The supplier's full suite of instant win games will be made available to GVC via its remote game server, allowing the operator to roll-out instants across its portfolio of brands.

Kambi signs deal with Greentube
The sportsbook provider has signed a contract that will see its state-of-the-art sports betting service distributed to Greentube's brands.

Playtech launches first-of-its-kind omnichannel game
Tiki Paradise, a five-reel, 10-payline slot game, has been launched exclusively with Coral in more than 300 shops and features unlockable bonuses during in-shop, online and mobile play.

iSoftBet to showcase ambitious plans at ICE 2017
After hitting a number of milestones in 2016, the company has announced its intention to enhance its content offering through the release of in-house and branded games.

Rank Group renews bingo, games contract with Playtech
The company, whose brands include Mecca Bingo, will extend its longstanding relationship with the gaming software provider with a multi-year agreement.

Yggdrasil begins process of certification for Italy
The company's first batch of online slots are to be certified for the Italian market and are set to go live later in the year.

Codeta launches major funding round
The operator, who specializes in live table games, is seeking investors to help drive its ambitious expansion plans.

SIS to become sole provider of race day data to online market
The company has exited licensing agreements with other providers of its horse and greyhound racing data to the online bookmaker industry and will now be the sole supplier of core race day data for Irish and U.K. horse racing and greyhound racing.

Codeta sees success in the U.K. market
The live casino provider has launched in the U.K. for the first time, offering players a sleek and intuitive site on which to play live dealer games.

APCW Perspectives: Holiday cheer and gambling bribes
We close out 2016 with stories involving gambling bribes in the U.S., takeover rumors from the U.K., internet blocking out of Canada and more gambling trouble down in Australia.

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