Monday, September 28, 2020

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Commission launches National Lottery licence competition

Neil McArthur Gambling Commission National Lottery licence
The Gambling Commission has launched the competition to award the fourth National Lottery licence.

And the Lords said: “There is no need to wait … time for action” on new gambling legislation

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The House of Lords Select Committee report on the Social and Economic Impact of the Gambling Industry has been released.

Experts By Experience project is narrow, proscriptive and threatens objective regulation argues Gambling Business Group

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The Gambling Commission’s experts by experience initiative has come under attack from key figures of the industry who argue that it’s a major step towards regulation through lobby group rather than through the law. The introduction of experts, many drawn from the...

Gambling in decline: Participation stats fall despite fears of lockdown temptation

Gambling decline during lockdown YouGov Survey
Contrary to much of the alarmist rhetoric, the latest YouGov data has clearly shown that gambling uptake, play-time and spend has fallen throughout the shelter-in-place order.

Commission issues new guidelines for online operators in lockdown

GC data online gambling during lockdown
The Gambling Commission has said new data suggests a hike in spend and playtime on gambling sites since the introduction of lockdown, prompting it to tighten regs on digital operators.

Under-fire Commission admits problem gambling is low and stable

Neil McArthur Gambling Commission problem gambling
A rather sheepish Neil McArthur, CEO of the Gambling Commission, and a somewhat more assertive Sarah Healey, Permanent Secretary of the DCMS, took questions from MPs this week in a hearing about the recent National Audit Office report. Their answer: Problem gambling rates are low, stable, and hard to research further due to a lack of detrimental impact on health and society.

Payment provider brands credit card ban “overrated”

PXP Financial Credit Card ban overrated
The credit card ban on gambling came into effect this week, and whilst most acknowledge its good intent, its impact in an ever-evolving payments environment might dissipate as purchasing options go helter-skelter. Payment provider PXP Financial examined the initiative.

No leeway for operators, states Commission

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As a woefully unprepared world attempts to clamp down on the fast-spreading Coronavirus, the Gambling Commission is threatening to clamp down on the industry.

GC to draw “Experts by Experience” into decision making process

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Going on the aggressive as operators scramble to keep any semblance of normal business, the Gambling Commission has published a 2020/21 Business Plan that..

National Audit Office: Gambling Commission numbers don’t add up?

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A key finding of the National Audit Office’s highly critical report of the British gambling regulator is that there continues to be broad gaps in its..

UK “sleep-walking” towards new Gambling Act, says analyst

Dan Waugh Regulus Partners
Gambling consultants Regulus Partners have rung an alarm bell following an outing by Gambling Commission CEO Neil McArthur two weeks ago, after an..

Gambling Commission: McArthur defends National Strategy in APPG hearing

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The Gambling Commission found themselves under fire last week when the top dogs turned up at Westminster for a Q&A with the All-Party Parliamentary Group. It certainly wasn’t a love-in between the two stakeholders as Chris Webster discovered.

Gambling Commission: “..determination to make gambling safer…”

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The Gambling Commission chief executive Neil McArthur delivered the keynote speech at last week’s CMS Gambling Conference. And what a speech..

Gambling Commission reaches out to operators to head up new focus group initiative

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In an unprecedented move, the Gambling Commission has teamed up with some of the biggest businesses in betting and gaming to form three bespoke focus group

“Progress has been made”

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Taking encouragement from the industry’s continued strengthening of its social responsibility commitments, Gambling Commission CEO Neil McArthur looked..

McArthur calls for industry-led game design code

McArthur industry led design code
While praising the industry for progress made with social responsibility measures, Neil McArthur, CEO of the Gambling Commission, also set the industry..

McArthur lauds use of tech to combat harm

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At a speech at London’s Southbank Centre, Gambling Commission CEO Neil McArthur commended the use of technological solutions to improve player safety, but..

Industry to unite for Responsible Gambling Week

Responsible Gambling Week
The year’s Responsible Gambling Week will see the industry come together to stage the largest ever campaign to promote safer gambling practices in the UK..

Gambling Commission and Samaritans to develop new guidance for operators

Social Responsibility GambleAware Samaritans
Digging up research from 2007, GambleAware commissioned a report that shows a link between suicide and problem gambling, prompting the Gambling Commission..

GamCom reminds operators of Free-to-Play obligations

Gambling Commission Affiliate promotion warning
The Gambling Commission has warned operators about the affiliate promotion of Free-To-Play versions of games, specifically with regard to age verification and customer interaction

Commission debuts its gambling harm strategy in Cardiff

Commission debuts gambling harm cardiff
The Gambling Commission has joined with partners in Wales to launch the new National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms at an event held in Cardiff.

Bacta get engaged with June programme

John White CEO Bacta launch June Programme
Bacta will launch a busy month for the association by meeting with Gambling Commission chief executive Neil Mcarthur and the Commission’s executive..

GC business plan: The nitty gritty

Gambling Commission Business Plan
Coinslot digests the latest forward-looking strategic release from the Gambling Commission, which acknowledged problems online without, however, pledging much to police them

Gambling Commission’s visit to the Grand Pier pays off

Jaska Latham Gambling Commission Grand Pier Weston
Grand Pier management say that Neil McArthur’s hands-on visit to the pier at Weston last year was an “unprecedented” success - on the back of a follow-up visit from one of his colleagues

New GamCom business plan pledges best practice programme

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Last week saw the Gambling Commission release its Business Plan 2019-20, which laid out a rough timeline of its objectives for the year - including the delivery of a new best practice programme.

McArthur rings in a new era of industry-regulator relations

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Gambling Commission CEO Neil McArthur delivered a slightly sweet and sour speech at last week’s Bacta AGM.

Gam Com conference envisions UK gambling as “the safest in the world”

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Speaking at the Gambling Commission’s Raising Standards Conference the body’s CEO, Neil McArthur called on the industry to engage in a race to the top in regards to customer safety, and insodoing setting (more) standards for a world class industry. The second outing of the Gambling Commission’s Raising Standards Conference at Birmingham’s ICC saw the regulator’s chief executive call for...

Oh we do like to be beside the seaside…

Oft criticised for being out of touch with life on the shop-floor of British amusements, the Gambling Commission has risen to the challenge and experienced it first hand. New chief Neil McArthur spent a day with Weston’s Grand Pier to see how operations really work.   Gambling Commission chief executive Neil McArthur rolled up his sleeves to learn first-hand how family...

Fairer, safer – shaping the future of gambling

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In the Gambling Commission’s Annual Report and Accounts for 2017-2018, chief executive Neil McArthur provides his perspective on the regulator’s progress over the last year. This has been a year of change across the gambling sector - a year that has seen increased public scrutiny of the industry and of the Gambling Commission as the regulator of commercial gambling and...