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Getting it right: what does diversity mean for the gambling industry?

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In one of her final public appearances before stepping down as CEO of the Gambling Commission, Sarah Harrison spoke at the Global Gaming Women event, part of the ICE Totally Gaming Conference 2018. Coinslot offers an extract of what the outgoing regulator delivered to the global industry.   WOMEN AND CAREERS IN THE GAMBLING INDUSTRY It will come as no surprise for...

Fairness, Integrity, and Improving Regulation

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According to Sarah Harrison, CEO of the Gambling Commission, two themes have dominated in 2016/17: working to put consumers at the heart of regulation and raising standards. These themes have been an important focus for the Commission “in a year when gambling remains popular but one in which public attitudes towards it appear to be hardening.”   Fairness With competition intensifying, in...

GC report shows cost of regulating the industry continues to rise

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The Gambling Commission’s annual report for the year 2016/17 paints a picture of hard work and gritty determination in driving its objectives through. But the price tag continues to rise, quite significantly, despite a contraction of landbased premises faced with increased regulatory requirements. Almost £21 million in, the inevitable question of value for money will undoubtedly be posed by...

GC asserts position following consultation responses

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The Gambling Commission addresses its position and the key themes from the wider gambling industry’s responses to proposed amendments to ‘Statement of principles’ and ‘Policy statement’   Putting the consumer first Some respondents said that the emphasis on putting the consumer first is not consistent with the Commission’s remit as set out in the statutory licensing objectives. At best it amounts to...

Gambling Commission unveils enforcement strategy

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The Gambling Commission has unveiled a new enforcement strategy to tackle operators perceived to be in breach of regulations, following on from a consultation on the issue.   Under the new policy, operators found to be non-compliant over issues are to be faced with higher penalties and a greater chance to be put up for licence review. Key points in the new...

Commission stats reveal true state of the industry

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The Gambling Commission delivers its summary of statistics for the broader industry.   This Industry Statistics document provides a half-year update to the regular analysis of the Gross Gambling Yield (GGY) in Great Britain, which this time totals £13.8bn. This is the total figure reported by operators who are licensed and regulated by the Gambling Commission. Aggregated information is presented by...

Operators invest as industry stats show sustained AGC yield growth

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Industry statistics released by the Gambling Commission show renewed machine investment and increasing gross gambling yield for AGC, but a slight fall in performance for FEC and bingo sector.   Amusements operators invested in 9 percent more machines from October 2015 - September 2016 (compared to the period March 2015 - April 2016), amounting to 21,839 machines, according to Gambling Commission...

Gambling Commission appoints chief operating officer

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David Pemberton has been announced as the new chief operating officer of the Gambling Commission, a role which will involve overseeing the regulator’s corporate services including HR, finance, IT, planning and risk.   Pemberton was previously the executive director at Business in the Community and will begin his role at the Gambling Commission at the end of June. “I’m delighted to welcome...

Bacta and Bingo Association make robust defence in consumer dispute review

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The Gambling Commission seems to have stepped into the arena of blame once again, this time issuing an industry-wide wrist-slapping for its record on resolving consumer disputes. Not to be swiped at, some industry trade bodies believe the blanket criticism is misdirected. Among them are Bacta and the Bingo Association who are assured their hands are clean.   A Gambling Commission...

Gambling Commission warn of parasitic practices in video games

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The Gambling Commission has issued a report concerning the growing problem of virtual gambling in video games.   In a new report, the UK Gambling Commission has warned parents over the perils of gambling linked to video games. The commission explains that an increase in popularity of third-party websites offering the opportunity to be virtual currency on video games poses a substantial...

UKGC: Out of the EU but not out of Europe

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CEO of the Gambling Commission, Sarah Harrison, hints at the future of UK regulation outside of the European Union, and urges the industry to keep improving trust in its consumers. Changes are afoot in UK gaming. With Brexit now looming, questions arise as to how separation from the supra-state will affect crossborder cooperation with other regulators, particularly in areas of...

Media Watch: Youtuber fined for eSports promotion

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Mediawatch uncovers "one of the most serious cases” ever prosecuted by Gambling Commission. Making headlines in the online betting and eSports world is the first conviction of a Youtube personality for gambling offences. The BBC reports on two men who ran a betting website connected to the Fifa video game have been fined after pleading guilty to offences under the...

Gambling Commission: Harrison looks to the year ahead

In an excerpt from a speech given at ICE Totally Gaming 2017, Gambling Commission chief executive, Sarah Harrison, spoke on the changes the industry has seen in the last 12 months, and the state of it going forward. In gambling in the UK, some things have changed a lot in the last year and some have stayed very much the...

Men fined over virtual currency FIFA betting scam

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Gambling Commission prosecute illegal gambling site targeting young football fans. On Monday 6 February 2017, following a prosecution brought by the Gambling Commission, Dylan Rigby, 34, of Colchester, Essex, and Craig Douglas, 33, of Ilford, Essex, entered guilty pleas to offences under the Gambling Act 2005. Rigby was ordered to pay £174,000 in fines and costs, whilst Douglas was ordered...

Commission says 450,000 children gambling a week

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A new report by the Gambling Commission shows that 450,000 children claim to gamble every week. The Gambling Commission has published a report into child gambling, claiming that 450,000 children gamble every week. The regulator’s Young People and Gambling Report also argues that around 9,000 of them are problem gamblers, while, overall, gambling prevalance among 11-15 year olds is around...

Bacta Convention – The focus of policy-makers

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Sarah Harrison lays out the areas that top gambling policy-makers agendas as part of her recent speech at the Bacta Convention. The gambling review is the key focus for Government and policy-makers. Its focus is not just on stakes and prizes consistent with a traditional triennial review, it is also looking more widely at the impact of industry actions on...

A softer approach, but still plenty of sharp edges

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Sarah Harrison doled out some much sought after praise for coin-op’s responsible gambling efforts, but she still had plenty of forthright messages to deliver to the assembled convention, along with news of what may swing the GC’s B2 recommendation. If it wasn’t already clear from her debut speech a year ago at the 2015 Bacta Convention, or her actions since...

Questions both raised and answered at 2016 Bacta Convention

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A very well attended gathering of Bacta members in London provided a chance for the coin-op industry to look both forward and back with an incisive eye. It does not take a master detective to work out why this year’s Bacta Convention was one of the best attended in recent memory, but whatever the reason, a thronging hall at the...

Sarah Harrison lays out her vision for the British gambling industry

In an excerpt from her speech at the Raising Standards conference, GC chief executive Sarah Harrison lays out her vision for the British gambling industry. This event is focused on raising standards and you will have noted that the title of this speech is ‘Accelerating the pace of change’. So why the urgency? What’s the rush? Aren’t we moving in the...

Gambling Commission issues forthright challenge to operators

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The Gambling Commission’s Sarah Harrison calls to industry to aim higher in terms of consumer safety and social responsibility. The Gambling Commission is calling for operators to accelerate the pace at which they are putting consumers at the heart of business decisions. The call came from Commission chief executive Sarah Harrison during a speech to operators at the Commission’s first Raising...

DCMS launches long-awaited Triennial Review

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The governmental review of gaming machines stakes and prizes has officially been published today, which analysts suggest could lead to the biggest shake-up of the gambling industry since the 2005 Gambling Act. The UK government has today announced that the Triennial Review – the only legal process whereby the all-important stakes and prizes on gaming machines can be modified –...

Gambling Commission calls for ‘two-way conversation’

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In a plan to increase communication between consumer, regulator and operator, the Gambling Commission has presented its ‘two-way conversation’ plan. The Gambling Commission has released its ‘two-way conversation’ plan for communicating with consumers. The aim of the plan is to increase efficiency in contact with consumers and provide more information to help reduce problems that may stem from the gaming...

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