UKGC puts EveryMatrix's gaming license on ice

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has suspended EveryMatrix's gaming license as it investigates the company's current level of compliance with the increasingly strict rules and regulations of operating and serving the UK gambling market. EveryMatrix has not lost its license and company officials are cooperating with the Commission in hopes that they will be back…

Sazka Pulls Plug on IPO in 'Volatile' UK Gambling Market

The United Kingdom Gambling Commission (UKGC) has been turning the screw on gambling operators for more than a year and now their efforts are causing other operators to reconsider whether or not doing business in the UK is worth the effort. Late last week, Czech lottery operator Sazka announced that it was scuttling plans to…

UK Labour Party Says No More Gambling Jersey Sponsorships

The UK Labour Party has pledged to put an end football jersey sponsorship by gambling operators. It's a move that party leaders say will help combat both problem and underage gambling. Word of Labour's proposed war on gambling logos was outlined in a statement from the party's deputy leader, Tom Watson. In his missive, Watson…

UK Gambling Commission Lashes Out Against Unlicensed e-Sports Sites

UK Gambling Commission Chief Sarah Harrison lashed out against unlicensed e-sports and skins betting sites in a scathing new position paper. Harrison, like many other skins betting critics, is particularly concerned by the prospect of children wagering on the outcome of e-sports events. In the paper titled Virtual Currencies, eSports and Social Casino Gaming -…

UK Gambling Operators Making Record Ad Buys

UK gambling operators are spend record amounts of cash on advertising as they seek an edge in an incredibly competitive marketplace. According to a recent report in the Guardian, operators have already shelled out  £51.4 million ($68 million USD) on TV advertising so far in 2016. That's a record setting pace that could see several…

Daily Fantasy Sports Industry Doesn’t Fight Gambling Label in Europe/UK

The daily fantasy sports (DFS) industry's best shot of maintaining viability in the US market rests squarely on defining itself as something other than another form of gambling. That gambling label isn't such a burden for the industry's UK and European arms, where the gambling label is worn without shame. At the same time, the…

UK Bookmakers Self-Police with New Watchdog Group

Four of the UK's biggest bookmakers are banding together to form a new industry watchdog organization called the Senet Group. The group's founding members are comprised of some very familiar names including, William Hill, Ladbrokes, Gala Coral and Paddy Power. The Senet Group's main thrust is enforcing regulatory standards on the UK's growing fixed odds…

iGaming 2015: What to Expect in the US, UK & Asia

Any iGaming affiliate who is looking for steady revenue streams in 2015 definitely has his or her eyes fixed on the industry's Big Three markets, Asia, the UK and the US. These three markets offer established gaming markets, improving economies and billions of potential players. At the same time, the Big Three throw down plenty…

How the Point of Consumption Tax Changes the Affiliate Marketing Game

From an economic standpoint it's easy to understand why the UK is imposing a new Point of Consumption Tax (PCT) on online gambling transactions. By imposing a 15% tax rate on wagers as they're made, in the UK, they're doing an end-run around tax-dodging offshore-licensed operators and could be putting an additional £300 million ($500…

UK Online Gambling Market in Full Boom

The UK online gambling market is booming with licensed operators reporting combined revenue of £1.06 billion ($1.82 billion USD) between September, 2012 and September, 2013. That billion pound mark represents a pretty sweet 16% gain over the previous year. One of the biggest winners in the British boom were sports betting operators, who are benefiting…