British Parents Whose Children Buy In-Game Items Online Could Face Increased Bills During Covid-19 Lockdown

British Parents Whose Children Buy In-Game Items Online Could Face Increased Bills During Covid-19 Lockdown

British parents may face shocking bills while their children are off school, as they could rack up massive costs by making in-game purchases and gaming online. Experts have projected that arguments between parents and children in the UK regarding online gaming and screen time would escalate quickly with local schools remaining closed because of the coronavirus pandemic. Concerns regarding the increasing interest of underage individuals in computer, console and video games have been unveiled by some British charities. According to a recent report unveiled by Ofcom’s adults’ media, almost 50%…

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Gambling Affiliates Trade Body Backs UKGC Proposal for Further Advertising Restrictions During Covid-19 Lockdown

Gambling Affiliates Trade Body Backs UKGC Proposal for Further Advertising Restrictions During Covid-19 Lockdown

The Responsible Affiliates in Gambling (RAiG) has welcomed the proposals that have recently been made by the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) in terms of the affiliate advertising restrictions. The standards body, which has recently been established, has reiterated its support for the collaborative measures that were published by the key regulator of the British gambling sector. As Casino Guardian has recently reported, the UKGC revealed a series of new measures and directives in collaboration with work-groups of industry officials, with the measures being coordinated by the Betting and Gaming Council…

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UK Gambling Sector Suffers a Sharp Decline Amid Sports Events Halt Due to Coronavius Outbreak

UK Gambling Sector Suffers a Sharp Decline Amid Sports Events Halt Due to Coronavius Outbreak

British bookmakers say that gambling in the country has suffered a sharp decline as all major sports events have already been postponed or cancelled due to coronavirus pandemic. Three-fourths of the sports betting market in the UK are constituted by football and horse racing. Unfortunately for local bookmakers, both sports are currently suspended. According to reports, sports betting in the country has accounted for £1.4 billion in the year that ended in March 2019. Several large gambling operators have even already projected that this year’s profits would be considerably hurt…

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UKGC and Gambling Industry Reveal Progress of Collaborative Work to Guarantee Safer Gambling Environment

UKGC and Gambling Industry Reveal Progress of Collaborative Work to Guarantee Safer Gambling Environment

UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has revealed that it has managed to make progress on ensuring safer gambling in collaboration with the industry. The country’s major regulatory body has previously unveiled three challenges to make gambling safer and reduce gambling-related harm for British users and has joined forces with the industry to make progress on the matter. The partnership between the industry and the watchdog will lead to restrictions under which individuals under 25 years of age would be prevented from being recruited by gambling operators to their VIP schemes. Apart…

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Victorian Communities Fail to Change State Gambling Regulator’s Position about Poker Machine Operation

Victorian Communities Fail to Change State Gambling Regulator’s Position about Poker Machine Operation

According to a recent study, the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR) approved almost 90% of the licence applications for poker machine operations that it had received, despite the fact that even players are aware of the fact they could hardly generate any winnings while playing the pokies. For the time being, the gambling regulator has to take into consideration the views of the local council during its decision-making process but despite that, council opposition hardly ever stops a proposal, and such cases are usually quite demanding, expensive…

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Irish TD Urges Gambling Operators to Cease Gambling Advertising to Protect Vulnerable Customers amid Coronavirus Crisis

Irish TD Urges Gambling Operators to Cease Gambling Advertising to Protect Vulnerable Customers amid Coronavirus Crisis

An Irish TD has called for the National Lottery and other businesses operating in the country’s gambling industry to cease their advertising during the ongoing coronavirus crisis. Anne Rabbitte, Galway East TD, has urged media outlets and social media platforms to stop promoting gambling at the time of the massive lockdown provoked by the Covid-19 outbreak. Ms Rabbitte has explained that gambling addiction has become a huge issue in Ireland, and there are currently more than 40,000 on the territory of the country who can be classified as problem gamblers.…

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Major British Banks Say More Than 570,000 People Blocked Payments to Online Gambling Sites

Major British Banks Say More Than 570,000 People Blocked Payments to Online Gambling Sites

Amid rising concerns that British customers could predominantly turn to online gambling services during the coronavirus infection lockdown, there have recently been some reports that more than half a million people have decided to ban themselves from betting online. According to media reports, at least 570,000 customers have decided to suspend themselves from using their bank account to fund their gambling behaviour as they have been concerned they could spend too much money during Covid-19 quarantine. Basically, the people who were reported to have suspended themselves from betting online through…

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UKGC Says It Would Continue to Monitor Gambling Operators During Covid-19 Lockdown to Protect Customers

UKGC Says It Would Continue to Monitor Gambling Operators During Covid-19 Lockdown to Protect Customers

At the end of the previous week, the major gambling watchdog in the country, the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has confirmed that people are expected to become more engaged with gambling websites and online gambling in general. The gambling regulatory body has reminded that it had already issued new advice to all licensed gambling operators in the country and outlined the rules they need to stick to in order to keep their customers safe. The closedown measures have been unprecedented for the gambling industry not only in the UK but…

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Australian Punters Could Turn to Niche Sports and Esports to Bet On During Coronavirus Lockdown

Australian Punters Could Turn to Niche Sports and Esports to Bet On During Coronavirus Lockdown

Some Australian experts have warned that despite retail gambling venues have been temporarily closed and all major sports leagues have cancelled or postponed their ongoing seasons as part of the measures aimed at tackling the spreading of Covid-19 pandemic, gambling and sports betting websites still make themselves available to local customers and could be accessed by gambling addicts. According to Professor Samantha Thomas, a gambling expert from Deakin University, more niche sports are being currently promoted, in the light of recent cancellation and postponement of the largest sporting events on…

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Northern Ireland Councillors Insist for Changes to Be Brought to Outdated Gambling Legislation

Northern Ireland Councillors Insist for Changes to Be Brought to Outdated Gambling Legislation

Councillors from Derry have backed changes to Northern Ireland’s gambling legislation, saying that laws need to be updated in order to provide better protection to the most vulnerable members of society, who suffer from problem gambling and mental health issues associated with it. The most recent meeting of the Health and Community Committee of the Derry City & Strabane District Council saw calls for the committee members to take into consideration a potential response to the Department for Communities (DfC) consultation on Northern Ireland’s gambling legislation. For the time being,…

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