Playtech Gets Insider Knowledge from Ex-UKGC Manager Richard Bayliss

Casino software provider Playtech has drafted in an ex-senior manager at UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) to stay ahead of the regulatory curve.

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Playtech appoints Richard Bayliss as its Regulatory Compliance Manager to ensure it meets UKGC guidelines. (Image: themerkle.com)

Announced on February 19, the appointment of Richard Bayliss will enable Playtech to better understand its current obligations as well as any future compliance issues. As a former Senior Online Manager at the UKGC, Bayliss had a close working knowledge of the regulator’s standards.

“After more than a decade assessing the regulatory impact of technological developments in the industry, I’m looking forward to seeing some of these developments first-hand in my new role,” Bayliss said in an official press release.

Operators Need to be More Cautious than Ever

With UKGC regulations tighter than ever, major operators are now being forced to take more care over the products they offer. On February 20, William Hill was hit with a £6.2 million fine for breaching anti-money laundering and social responsibility rules.

Prior to that high-profile case, 888, bgo and Lottoland all felt the wrath of the UKGC for various operational failures linked to advertising and player protection. To ensure it doesn’t suffer a similar fate, Playtech will use Bayliss as its new Regulatory Compliance Manager.

“With a wealth of experience with UKGC, his insight will be a major bonus as we strive to stay at the forefront of regulatory compliance developments,” Ian Ince, Group Head of Regulatory Affairs at Playtech explained.

Compliance is Crucial at All Levels

Although Playtech operates in more of a B2B capacity, all of its products and services must be compliant with UKGC rules. In the first instance, this means offering secure, fair games that produce truly random results.

Beyond publishing fair games, Playtech has a duty to ensure its products don’t mislead players. Any features, bonuses or optional extras must be carefully crafted so as to not overtly encourage players to gamble or imply they will get something for free.

Since taking responsibility for the regulation of the UK online gambling industry in late 2014, the UKGC has become one of the leading commissions in the industry. As well as implementing a host of changes within its own jurisdiction, the UKGC has advised international bodies such as the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement.

Although recent high-profile incidents have cost the biggest operators financially, the UKGC would argue that punishing weakness is essential for the long-term good of the industry.

“We will use the full range of our enforcement powers to make gambling fairer and safer,” UKGC Executive Director Neil McArthur said in the wake of William Hill’s £6.2 million found.

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