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UKGC: New rules to make online gambling in Britain fairer and safer

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The UK Gambling Commission has announced new rules which online operators must follow to make gambling safer and fairer.

The new rules, which follow an open consultation, will ensure operators verify customers’ age and identity details faster which will benefit consumers.

Safer for children

Until now, online gambling businesses have been allowed 72 hours to carry out age verification checks. The operator cannot permit customers to withdraw winnings until age verification has been completed and must return stakes if the person is found to be underage.

But to guard against the risk of children gambling, new rules mean operators must verify customer age before the customer can:

  • deposit funds into an account
  • gamble with the licensee with either their own money or a free bet or bonus.

In addition, the Commission is now also insisting that customers must be age verified before they are able to access free-to-play versions of gambling games on licensees’ websites. While free-to-play games are not technically gambling (there is no prize involved), there is no legitimate reason why they should be available to children.

Fairer and safer

In March 2018 the Commission announced that some online operators were treating customers unfairly by requesting additional identity information when the customer attempted to withdraw winnings. Around 15% of complaints to its contact centre were about licensees not allowing a customer to withdraw funds until they submit certain forms of ID.

The new rules require remote licensees to:

  • verify, as a minimum, the name, address and date of birth of a customer before allowing them to gamble
  • ask for any additional verification information promptly
  • inform customers, before they can deposit funds, of the types of identity documents or other information that might be required, the circumstances in which the information might be required, and how it should be supplied to the licensee
  • take reasonable steps to ensure that information on their customers’ identities remains accurate.

The changes will help operators better prevent harm or detect criminal activity because they have more information about their customers. In addition, the changes will mean that operators cannot demand that customers submit ID as a condition of cashing out, if they could have asked for that information earlier.

Finally, the changes will increase the likelihood that someone will be identified if they attempt to gamble while self-excluded. This applies equally to the operator’s own self-exclusion schemes and the online multi-operator self-exclusion scheme, Gamstop. This is because effective verification by operators will mean that a customer will not be verified, and therefore unable to gamble, until they provide correct details. These details will then be checked against both the operator’s own self-exclusion database and the verified data held by Gamstop.

Neil McArthur, Gambling Commission Chief Executive, said: “These changes will protect children and the vulnerable from gambling-related harm, and reduce the risk of crime linked to gambling.  They will also make gambling fairer by helping consumers collect their winnings without unnecessary delay.’’

“Britain’s online gambling market is the largest regulated market in the world and we want to make sure it is the safest and the fairest. Today’s changes follow our review of online gambling and our ongoing widespread regulatory action into the online sector.  We will keep using our powers to raise standards for consumers.”

Jeremy Wright, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, said:

“These significant changes mean operators must check someone’s age before they gamble, and not after. They rightly add an extra layer of protection for children and young people who attempt to gamble online. By extending strong age verification rules to free-to-play games we are creating a much safer online environment for children, helping to shut down a possible gateway to gambling- related harm.”

The new rules come into force on 7 May.

The Gambling Commission will shortly be launching a consultation on plans to make explicit our expectations about how to interact with a customer who may be experiencing gambling-related harm and will be calling for evidence on the use of gambling blocking software.


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George Miller (Gyorgy Molnar) started his career in content marketing and has started working as an Editor/Content Manager for our company in 2016. George has acquired many experiences when it comes to interviews and newsworthy content becoming Head of Content in 2017. He is responsible for the news being shared on multiple websites that are part of the European Gaming Media Network.

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iSoftBet scores slot hit with Hot Shots 2

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Supercharged sequel sees players shoot for epic wins with unlimited multipliers and unique Ultra Bet feature

 iSoftBet, the leading online and mobile casino content provider, has launched Hot Shots 2, inviting players to lace up their boots and score huge wins in this supercharged sequel.

Always at the forefront of innovation, iSoftbet has included their new Ultra Bet* feature on this slot-based football extravaganza, allowing players to place a single wager to unlock 50 high-octane games, collecting wins, multiplier stars and bonus rounds along the way. Ultra Bet offers a unique way to play, prioritising the most exciting game features for a more engaging player experience.

Launched at the same time as live action football leagues resume, Hot Shots 2 takes the proven successful model from the original Hot Shots, with expanding Wilds, and takes it to another level with an unlimited increasing win multiplier during Free Spins for even more ways to strike it lucky.

Five quirky footballers are the high paying symbols, each one representing their own country. A German Shepherd, French cockerel, Spanish Bull, British Bulldog and Portuguese Fox all battle it out for possession of the reels, ready to fire up players’ fortunes in this feature-filled slot.

Players can win big in a host of ways, including from win multipliers, expanding Wilds, Free Spins bonuses and the special Wild Golden Ball. Hit the back of the net with this symbol during Free Spins and the ball expands both vertically and horizontally as well as increasing the win multiplier.

Three or more Hot Shots symbols will see you qualify for the Free Spins round, where the unlimited win multiplier is in play and regular footballs on reels 2, 3 or 4 will expand to form multiple wilds. And it’s not full-time yet, as Free Spins can also be retriggered via bonus symbols during the feature.

Mark Claxton, Head of Games at iSoftBet, said: “Hot Shots was so popular we decided to launch a sequel with a supercharged bonus for players to score even bigger wins. Launching our new Ultra Bet feature on this game made perfect sense as it embraces the exciting and frantic nature of the “beautiful game” while also offering players a whole new way to play slots.

“The launch of Hot Shots 2 is perfectly timed with the restart of many football leagues around the world, something so many people have been eager to see. We are delighted with the result of the game and confident it will prove to be the perfect strike partner for sport-starved slot fans.”

(*Ultra Bet not available in some markets)

iSoftBet is a leader in compliance, licensed in 17 regulated markets across the globe and providing brands with the highest quality casino games and maximum speed to market.


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Pragmatic Play Gets Summer Started With Fruit Party

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 Pragmatic Play, a leading content provider to the gaming industry, has released its colourful new title, Fruit Party.

The 7×7 videoslot is packed with fruity flavour and colour, with a cluster pay mechanic setting it apart from your traditional game. With every successful spin, more fruit cascades down onto the reels with Pragmatic Play’s tumbling wins feature.

The Golden Fruit acts as a scatter symbol and triggers the bonus feature when three or more land on the reels. In the Free Spins mode, every winning block has the chance to be randomly multiplied by 2x or 4x, which can be expanded further if any other blocks in the combination also contain a random multiplier, up to 256x the initial win, for lucrative results.

Melissa Summerfield, Chief Commercial Officer at Pragmatic Play, said: “Fruit Party has all the colour and fun of any great summer bash, but this time it’s packed with wins.

“With an innovative cluster-style wins system and plenty of multipliers, Fruit Party can turn one spin into big payouts with its high volatility and action-packed Bonus Round!”

Pragmatic Play currently delivers up to four new slot titles a month, as well as an extensive range of Live Casino and Bingo products through its multi-vertical offering. The company’s entire portfolio is available through a single API integration.


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Kalamba Games appoints Piotr Simon as Product Owner

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Kalamba Games has appointed Piotr Simon as Product Owner as the company looks to deepen and expand its product offering and Remote Gaming Server (RGS).

With substantial industry experience gained from his time at Game Desire and Yggdrasil, Simon will spearhead the company’s product development as it is set to fully roll-out its own RGS and promotional tools later this year.

Piotr Simon, said: “It’s a really exciting time to be joining Kalamba and to be working on such a key project. I look forward to contributing to Kalamba’s growth as it enters a new phase of its product offering and continues to innovate and lead on creating great content for the industry.”

Alex Cohen, COO at Kalamba Games, said: “As we move into another year of unprecedented growth, we are naturally looking to further strengthen the team with top talent and we’re really pleased to have Piotr on board to help build even more great products.

“Piotr has deep experience of developing great promotional tools and this will be invaluable to Kalamba as we enter a new stage of growth over the coming months.”


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