UKGC survey examines young people’s paths to gambling

What are the factors that influence a young person to start up a gambling habit? Is it repeated exposure to online sportsbook and casino advertisements on television and online? Or is the sinister flow of dopamine they get when unlocking loot boxes while playing their favorite video games? According to a recent study by the…

UK Gambling Commission launches 3-year plan

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) is launching a new three-year Corporate Strategy and annual Business Plan aimed at increasing player protections by enhancing its control over UK operators. Commissioners are keen on making certain that licensed operators are paying special attention to compliance issues and are very supportive of the Gambling Act Review. Among the…

UKGC hits In Touch Games with £3.4 million fine

As spring approaches a pandemic-bound work, regulators at the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) have been keeping themselves busy by issuing In Touch Games with a £3.4 million ($4.5 million UDS) fine for failing to comply with social responsibility and anti-money laundering regulations. Though the UK-based operator will be doing plenty of work to get back…

UKGC announces major changes to online slot machines

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) is implementing a new set of regulations aimed at slowing the frantic pace of online slot machines. Regulators are concerned that pandemic-era players are at risk of losing control (and piles of cash) as they endlessly spin virtual slots that draw them into a state of distraction. The new changes…

UK Gambling Commission sticks White Hat Gaming with big fine

Regulators at the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) are hitting White Hat Games with a £1.3 million fine ($1.7 million USD) for failure to comply with anti-money laundering and compliance regulations. It was an unfortunate affair but company officials cooperated with gambling regulators throughout and worked closely with them on the settlement. At the heart of…

UKGC pushes back on gambling industry’s black market claims

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) is pushing back on some wild claims made in a gaming industry-funded study on black market gambling that was produced by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). Commissioners say the industry is hiding behind the specter of black market gambling in a bid to unshackle itself of burdensome regulations aimed at curbing problem gambling.…

UK Gambling Commission hands out 50 percent more fines in 2019-2020

If you've been following international gambling news over the past few years, you've probably had a feeling that the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) is handing out a whole lot more than it used to - you're right. According to an annual report produced by the UKGC called, Raising standards for consumers Compliance and Enforcement report…

UK gambling slows down after COVID-19 boom

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) is reporting a sizable drop in gambling activity across the country as the COVID-19 quarantine drags on. The August 2020 dip suggests that gambling critics were a bit off base in their predictions about what would happen to locked down punters. Overall, August 2020 gambling activity was down across the…

UK Gambling Commission stops short of VIP ban

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has had its eyes on VIP programs for quite a while and had, in recent years, seemed as though they may ax the popular marketing schemes entirely. Fortunately for UK-facing gambling operators, the UKGC has decided that they can retain VIP programs but there are some important restrictions that could…

UK gambling regulators put Genesis Global’s license on ice

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) is, seemingly, fighting back against accusations that it is a "toothless" organization by suspending Genesis Global's UK gambling license. The action, which was announced Monday and is effective immediately, impacts at least a dozen gaming sites associated with the global brand. It's a big move thatcould cause big problems for…