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Collins to continue to lead on gambling reform

Collins was appointed on 8 July 2022. He replaces Chris Philp, who left during the month's resignations protesting Boris Johnson's continued leadership of the Conservative party. Collins will work under new secretary of state for DCMS Michelle Donelan. Since 2010 Collins has been member of parliament for Folkestone and Hythe and chairs the joint committee on the draft online safety bill. From 2016-19 he also chaired the House of Commons DC MS select committee.
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- #BGC welcomes UK government’s growth plan The @BetGameCouncil says its members will play a role in backing the plan.

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The @BetGameCouncil says its members will play a role in backing the plan.
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AskGamblers adds new responsible gambling feature for greater transparency

AskGamblers has added a Responsible Gambling tab to its casino reviews section. The feature offers more information to potential players looking at reviews of casinos online. BGC Chief Executive Michael Dugher commented on the statistics. He said that the progress made on problem gambling is positive. It is low by international standards and has fallen in recent times.
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Gambling commission reports decrease in problem gambling despite increase in participation

There is a gambling review underway and increased black market participation. Deposits and stake limits are a hot topic of the upcoming Gambling Review. Some ministers have advocated monthly deposit limits of £100 and player affordability checks. The majority of UK consumers gamble responsibly and without issue. New regulations must strike a careful balance in safeguarding those who are at risk and employing strategies proven to work. The current guidance in the form of continuously updated LCCPs has most likely positively affected the rate of problem gambling.
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Gambling commission reports decrease in problem gambling despite increase in participation

Diablo Immortal will NOT Release in the Netherlands and Belgium, as Loot Boxes Violates Gambling Restrictions

Diablo Immortal is set for a global launch for mobile devices on June 2. The pre-registration for the game has been removed from the Netherlands and Belgium. This is because the loot boxes in the upcoming mobile game contravene with the Belgian Gaming Commission's gambling restrictions. In April 2018, video game lootboxes were declared to be in violation of gambling legislation. Other games that had been subjected to the same restrictions have protected themselves from fines. EA announced in 2019 it would no longer sell FIFA Points in Belgium for real money. It's possible Blizzard is prioritizing their money grab.
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Diablo Immortal will NOT Release in the Netherlands and Belgium, as Loot Boxes Violates Gambling Restrictions

European Safer Gambling Week to be organized by 13 gambling associations including EGBA and BGC in October

The European Gaming and Betting Association confirmed Thursday that the second edition of the European Safer Gambling Week (ESGW) will take place on 17-23 October 2022. The first edition took place in 2021. ESGW is an annual cross-industry initiative to promote safer gambling in Europe. It is organized by 13 European online gambling associations. It will build upon the record-breaking Safers Gambling Week 2021, which saw an increase in the use of safer betting tools.
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European Safer Gambling Week to be organized by 13 gambling associations including EGBA and BGC in October
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Safer Gambling Week to take place from 17-23 October

Safer Gambling Week will take place from 17-23 October. It will be the fifth edition of the event organised by the Betting and Gaming Council, Bacta, the Lotteries Council and the Bingo Association. The event will include a blitz of safer gambling messages both online and in land-based venues. The industry focuses on safer betting all year. There is a reduction in the national problem gambling rate to 0.2%. In 2021, there were 24.5 million social media impressions, up 16% from 2020. Sessions on the Safer G gambling week website increased by 79%.
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Safer Gambling Week to take place from 17-23 October

Betting and Gaming Industry unites to announce Safer Gambling Week 2022 and pledge to build on last year's record-breaking success

Betting and Gaming Industry unites to announce Safer Gambling Week 2022. This year’s event will run from 17th to 23rd October 2022 and will see the whole industry coming together to promote safer gambling messages. Last year's Safers Gambling Week saw a 17% increase in the use of deposit limits. The number of social media impressions for SafERGAMING WEEK 2021 hit 24.5 million. The problem gambling rate in 2022 was 0.2%.
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Betting and Gaming Industry unites to announce Safer Gambling Week 2022 and pledge to build on last year's record-breaking success
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Safer Game Design Code Eliminates Some Gamification Features

Safer Game Design Code for gaming machines in land-based gaming establishments was finalized by three gaming sector trading bodies last week. The code eliminates some Gamification Features. BACTA CEO John White hails the agreement as a significant achievement for the whole industry. Gambling Commission's statistics show problem gambling rates to be at historically low level of 0.2%.
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Safer Game Design Code Eliminates Some Gamification Features

'I lost £25,000': Problem gambling soars in lockdown as fears mount for young Scots and children at risk

Samaritans Scotland wants to see gambling treated as a public health issue. Betting and Gaming Council has a zero tolerance approach to betting by children. BGC members introduced the whistle-to-whistle ban on TV betting commercials during live sport before the 9pm watershed. They also introduced new age-gating rules on advertising on social platforms. The BGTC's largest members pledged an additional £100m of funding between 2019 and 2023 for research, education and treatment services administered by the independent charity GambleAware.
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'I lost £25,000': Problem gambling soars in lockdown as fears mount for young Scots and children at risk

BGC: Low problem gambling rates should be a “warning to ministers”

The Gambling Commission recorded a drop in problem gambling to 0.2%. The moderate and low risk rates are also stable at 0,9% and 1.4%. BGC chief executive Michael Dugher calls for ministers to take a genuinely evidence-based approach to the upcoming White Paper. Duger also points to an increase in use of black market sites in the UK. The PWC report found that black-market play in UK may have doubled over two years.
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Boys & Girls Club’s Casino Night fundraiser Friday

Boys & Girls Clubs of Lincoln/Lancaster County will host its annual Casino Night fundraiser on April 22. The event will celebrate the organization's 15th anniversary in Lincoln. Tickets cost $75 and include dinner and $2,000 in play chips. There will be live entertainment, casino games, raffle drawings and celebrity dealers. All the money raised will go to Boys & Boys Clubs to continue offering resources and high-impact programs to youth and their families. It will also help Lincoln Public Schools students and the community.
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'A dangerous crossroads': Gambling industry warns UK against heavy reform as black market swells across Europe

New data has revealed the size of black market gambling across Europe. British punters using unlicensed sites has more than doubled in two years. The amount staked is now in the billions. Industry warns the government that it is at a dangerous crossroads. BGC urges ministers to "learn lessons from abroad" in its upcoming gambling review. Norway introduced a state monopoly for all gaming, and black markets account for 66% of all money stashed. In France, where online casino games are a monopoly, black gaming accounts for 57% and revenues have almost doubled since 2015.
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'A dangerous crossroads': Gambling industry warns UK against heavy reform as black market swells across Europe

Vulnerable and addicts being 'enticed' into gambling in city's poorest areas, fear councillors

Birmingham councillors are concerned about the impact of gambling on the poor and vulnerable. They are worried about a concentration of betting shops in some of the city's poorest neighbourhoods. The Government's planned review of Gambling laws has been postponed until at least May.   The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport launched consultation in December 2020. There is concern over addiction and children's exposure through advertising and football sponsorship. It is also concerned over the lure of free bets and offers to lapsed gamblers. Cllr Alex Aitken (Lab, Kings Norton) and CLLr Martin Straker-Welds (LLab) are against this.
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Vulnerable and addicts being 'enticed' into gambling in city's poorest areas, fear councillors

On gambling reform, the Government should ignore the extremists and stick with evidence

YouGov poll shows that fewer than one in five people would be happy to accept arbitrary checks on their finances. 59% of punters believe that Government-imposed, blanket checks would lead to customers using unlicensed sites in the unsafe, unregulated black market online. PWC report last year found that the number of British punter using illegal gambling sites had more than doubled in two years. BGC is in favour of enhanced spending checks, but the focus should be on problem gamblers or those at risk. The former minister in charge of the Gambling Review, John Whittingdale, argued that for some State body to tell people what they can and cannot spend their own money on would also be monstrous.
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On gambling reform, the Government should ignore the extremists and stick with evidence

UK Government Must Take BGC Advice in Gambling Reform

The UK government will publish its Gambling Act review white paper in the next few months. It will be the first major update to the gambling legislation since 2005. The industry contributed $2.8bn to government coffers last year. Betting and Gaming Council chief executive Michael Dugher provided some advice for the government on Monday.
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UK Government Must Take BGC Advice in Gambling Reform

What might the next Gambling Act look like?

The government is conducting a review into the Gambling Act 2005. The list of proposals for reform was supposed to be released in March, but nothing has been announced yet. The latest update from Minister for Tech and the Digital Economy Chris Philp was that it would appear in the coming months.
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Upcoming UK Online Gambling Review Must Secure the Right Balance

Upcoming UK Online Gambling Review Must Secure the Right Balance. UK online slots sites, casinos and Betting and Gaming Council support the upcoming government review into the 2005 G gambling Act. The UK government is due to set its plans for the future of gambling in the UK next month (January 2022). According to a YouGov poll, 51% of people are opposed to being told how much they can bet.
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Almost £225,000 in wages and freebies taken from gambling industry by 28 MPs

The gambling industry is trying to influence the outcome of the white paper on gambling reform. Philip Davies, the Conservative MP for Shipley, was the biggest beneficiary of this. He accepted almost £50,000 to advise the Ladbrokes owner, Entain, on safer gambling and customer service. Entaine spent almost $41,00 on hospitality for 13 MPs over the summer. BGC spent half that sum escorting lawmakers to events including three England matches at Euro 2020, horse racing at Ascot, cricket at Lord's and the Ivor Novello awards. 28 MPs are either paid by the gambling sector or have accepted hospitality from the industry since August 2020.
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Almost £225,000 in wages and freebies taken from gambling industry by 28 MPs

Survey Reveals Big Gambling Spending in “School Run” Radio Hours

The Guardian conducted a survey with the help of market analysis firm Nielsen to determine the prevalence of gambling advertisements during "school run" hours on radio. According to the research, gambling companies were the heaviest advertisers during those hours. The only ads to exceed gambling were government communications.
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Survey Reveals Big Gambling Spending in “School Run” Radio Hours

Rates of problem gambling are falling, but on the BGC's second anniversary, our commitment to safer gambling is stronger than ever

The Betting and Gaming Council's second anniversary falls during Safer Gambling Week. The BGC was established on November 6, 2019. Its mission is to drive up standards within the regulated betting and gaming industry and promote safer gambling. New figures show a significant fall in the rate of problem gambling, from 0.6% to 0%. Anti-gambling lobby refuses to acknowledge the fall. They don't want to see safer betting, they just want less of it. Two million customers choose to use safer tools like deposit limits and time outs. They also want help for the minority who get into gambling problems.
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Rates of problem gambling are falling, but on the BGC's second anniversary, our commitment to safer gambling is stronger than ever

Problem gambling rates are falling but safer gambling ‘our top priority all year round’, says BCG Boss at start of Safer Gambling Week

Problem gambling rates are falling. Safer Gambling Week is being supported by the BGC, the Bingo Association and bacta. It runs until November 7. It comes two weeks after the launch of the 'Take Time To Think' campaign. The campaign encourages customers to use tools like deposit limits, time-outs and self-exclusion to stay in control of their betting. Online gambling has none of these safeguards. This year’s event will see a blitz of safer gambling messages both online and in land-based venues.
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Problem gambling rates are falling but safer gambling ‘our top priority all year round’, says BCG Boss at start of Safer Gambling Week

BGC: “Safer gambling our top priority all year round”

Safer Gambling Week runs from 1-7 November 2021. It is an annual campaign that has been running since 2017. The BGC, Bingo Association and bacta are supporting the campaign. This year’s event will involve several safer gambling messages online and in land-based venues. The Gabbling Commission report last week showed that the rate of problem gambling for the year to September 2021 was 0.3%, down from 0,6% in the previous year. Rate of gamblers classed as being at ‘moderate risk” of harm also fell from 1.2% to 0.,7%.
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BGC: “Safer gambling our top priority all year round”

BGC Pledges to “Keep up the Momentum” Amid Falling Problem Gambling Rates

The UK Gambling Commission's survey shows that the rate of problem gambling for the year to September 2021 was 0.3%, down from 0,6%. The study also shows the number of gamblers at moderate risk of harm fell from 1.2% to 0.,7%. BGC's work since 2019 on promoting safer gambling is having an impact. The Chief Executive of B GC, Michael Dugher, says the Government needs to do more to protect the minority of people who are vulnerable to problem betting.
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BGC Pledges to “Keep up the Momentum” Amid Falling Problem Gambling Rates

EGBA calls for widest support of European Safer Gambling Week

Inaugural European Safer Gambling Week is from 1-7 November. The week will be dedicated to promoting safer gambling across Europe’s regulated online gambling markets. It will coincide with the established campaigns in the UK and Ireland. The event is supported by the EGBA trade body members of AOJND (Romania), APAJO (Portugal), BAGO (Belgium), BGC (UK), iGen (Malta), IBA (Ireland), Jdigital (Spain), LIAB (Latvia) and NOGA (The Netherlands).
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EGBA calls for widest support of European Safer Gambling Week

Gambling firms pledge to create 5,000 apprenticeships in labour push

Gambling firms pledge to create 5,000 apprenticeships in labour push. Betting and Gaming Council represents and regulates everything from online betting firms to casinos. Government wants employers to pick up the slack in its so-called ‘plan for jobs’ as the UK recovers from the pandemic. Industry is awaiting the outcome of a Government review into gambling.
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Gambling firms pledge to create 5,000 apprenticeships in labour push

Evidence from abroad shows the unregulated black market will benefit unless we get the gambling review right

In France, black market for gaming accounts for 57% of all money staked on gaming. In Italy, where gambling advertising is banned, the blackmarket accounts 23% for money. PWC report says that where betting with licensed and regulated operators is made more difficult, customers switch to the online black markets. According to Gambling Commission, rates of problem gambling remains around 0.4%. There is no evidence that rates have increased. There are more online betting in the UK. It is also more regulated. The black Market offers no monitoring to identify harms, no interventions to moderate play and no tools to allow people to gamble responsibly.
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Evidence from abroad shows the unregulated black market will benefit unless we get the gambling review right

Snapchat launches opt-out option for gambling ads in the UK

Snapchat has launched opt-out option for gambling ads in the UK. It has also met the requirements of the updated Industry Code for Socially Responsible Advertising. BGC chief executive Michael Dugher welcomes the move. He urges all social media and search platforms to provide the ability for users to opt out of viewing betting adverts. The code obliges B GC members to ensure that all ads must be targeted at consumers aged 25 and over.
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Snapchat launches opt-out option for gambling ads in the UK

Number of gambling adverts shown during Euros cut by almost half

Number of gambling adverts shown during Euro 2020 has been cut by almost half. Betting and Gaming Council attributed the success of the ‘whistle-to-whistles’ ban on ads that it introduced in 2019. The Big Step had demanded the complete suspension of betting ads during matches. ITV pledged at the beginning of June to “significantly reduce” its gambling advertising. Report showed that the number of ads seen by children aged 4 to 17 had decreased by 97%. They also saw the total exposure to them had declined by 70%.
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Number of gambling adverts shown during Euros cut by almost half

BGC calls for establishment of Gambling Ombudsman

Online Bingo UK receives compensation from its partners. Betting and gaming council wants the government to create a new gambling ombudsman to manage complaints filed by clients of land-based and online casinos. Conor Grant, chief executive of Flutter UK and Ireland supports the idea. A White Paper is expected to be released at the end of the year detailing the proposed changes to the Gambling Act 2005.
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BGC calls for establishment of Gambling Ombudsman

UK's BGC urges government to create a Gambling Ombudsman

Betting and Gaming Council calls for government to create a Gambling ombudsman. The move comes as ministers continue the G gambling review. Flutter supports the BGC's call. It is expected to produce a White Paper at the end of this year. A Gabbling Ombudsman would improve the process and make it more consistent for those raising concerns. BGTC's Chief Executive Michael Dugher is proud to be giving it his backing.
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Safer Gambling Week 2021 set to take place 1-7 November

The 2021 Safer Gambling Week will take place between 1-7 November. It is organised by Betting and Gaming Council and Bingo Association in cooperation with bacta. Last year's event saw the number of social media impressions hit 19 million. The number on the Safersgamblingweek website was 18% higher than the year before. The Bingos Association supports the event. They are committed to social responsibility. BGC is the standards body representing the regulated betting and gaming industry. Its CEO Michael Dugher is delighted to support Safier Gabbling Week 2021.
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Casino In England Ready To Reopen On July 4

English casinos have been closed since March 23 due to the COVID-19 virus. The Betting and Gaming Council confirmed they're ready to reopen for business on July 4. The government ordered all unessential businesses, which included casinos, to close to halt the spread of the virus, but the lockdown restrictions are slowly being relaxed.
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Casino In England Ready To Reopen On July 4

UKGC online slot measures: How the industry reacted

UK Gambling Commission introduced new measures for online slots. The new rules will come into force on October 31st. They ban features that give the illusion of control over the outcome and slot spin speeds faster than 2.5 seconds. There is also a permanent ban on reverse withdrawals. Developers and operators are concerned about the impact on their business. Push Gaming is working on a development pipeline that can adapt to the new regulations. In September 2020, Betting and Gaming Council members agreed to a series of new online slot measures. It is similar to those introduced by the UKGC.
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UKGC online slot measures: How the industry reacted

Betting and Gaming Council welcomes new online slot controls

The Commission set out a series of measures that will apply to all licensed operators active in the British market. The measures must be implemented by 31 October this year. BGC chief executive Michael Dugher welcomes the new rules. B GC members have already introduced some of the rules set by the Commission. They include slowing down spin speeds and banning certain gaming features. It is also progressing a game labelling project to educate players on key game characteristics.
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Betting and Gaming Council welcomes new online slot controls

UK's gambling black market has doubled since 2018: PwC

The number of British consumers gambling on unlicensed websites has doubled in the last three years. PwC says it is a serious issue for the industry as it threatens player protection, tax collection and fight against money laundering and match fixing.
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Coronavirus Pandemic Triggers Online Gambling Crisis in the UK

According to data collected by the UK Gambling Commission, there was a 53% increase in online poker activity in March 2020 in comparison to the figures registered in the same month a year earlier. Digital sports betting spending rose by 88% compared to same months in 2019.
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Coronavirus Pandemic Triggers Online Gambling Crisis in the UK

UK gambling regulator refutes online licensees’ black market claims

UK gambling regulator refutes online licensees’ black market claims. UK online gambling operators” claims of a thriving unauthorized blackmarket are being refuted by their own regulator. MP Carolyn Harris accuses the BGC of trying to hijack the debate by manufacturing dodgy dossiers of information. B GC issues an animated video on Monday promoting the idea of UK-licensed operators. It also highlights the sector's contributions to the economy and direct payments to racing and sports bodies. The video also repeated warnings of the “unintended consequence“ of excessively tightening the regulatory screws.
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UK gambling regulator refutes online licensees’ black market claims

BGC Covid-19 action plan more than doubles online safer gambling messaging

BGC Covid-19 action plan more than doubles online safer gambling messaging. The number of messages with a safer gaming message increased by more that 100%. The amount of direct messages via direct mail increased 150%. Direct messages including a safe gambling message jumped from 6m to over 11m a month. BGC members agreed to remove all TV and radio gambling advertising during the first Covids- 19 lockdown. The government is starting its Gambling Review. It will focus on improving standards and safeguards. There is no evidence of an increase in problem gambling during lockdown, but the government says rates of problem betting are around 0.7%.
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BGC Covid-19 action plan more than doubles online safer gambling messaging

UK online black market sees 27M visits in a year; BGC warns over Gambling Review

UK punters visited the illegal, online black market 27 million times in a year. 200,000 customers used an unlicensed gambling operator over a 12-month period. Unlicensed operators accounted for 2.5% of all visits to betting websites. BGC warns of the danger of customers being forced into the arms of black markets. The regulated betting and gaming industry employs 100,00 people and pays £3.2bn ayear in tax to the Treasury. BGA welcomes the Gambling Review. It is an opportunity to drive change on safer gambling.
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