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32Red to Promote Responsible Gambling with Unique Football Initiative

32Red is looking to kick the betting industry’s rocky relationship with football into touch with a unique responsible gambling innovation.

Announced on September 17, the campaign will see five UK teams promote “healthier gambling behaviour.”

As per the announcement, 32Red wants to use its sponsorship deals to reach adult audiences in a unique way.

Unique Messages for Football Fans

Alongside its corporate branding, the five teams sponsored by 32Red will feature the unique slogans on their shirts:

Rangers FC – Stay In Control

Preston North End FC – Never Chase Losses

Derby County FC – Play Responsible

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Loot Boxes Could be Regulated Under UK Gambling Act

Loot boxes are back in the spotlight as the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) appoints yet another minister for gambling.

Following months of back-and-forth on the video game upgrades, a DCMS select committee has called for tighter controls.

DCMS Report Tough on Loot Boxes

In a report published on September 12, the government department said loot boxes should be regulated under the Gambling Act. Additionally, the DCMS has called for a ban on the sale of loot boxes to children.

Although the report merely highlights the result of DCMS research and opinion, it could push the government … Read more

ComeOn! Exits UK Market As Gaming CEOs Come Under Fire

ComeOn! and its subsidiaries are leaving the UK to focus on other regions due to what executives describe as “uncertainty” in the market.

News of the exit came on September 2 via a press release in which ComeOn! said a UK gaming licence had lost its appeal.

Increasingly competitive operating conditions were cited as a central reason for leaving. However, CEO Lahcene Merzoug implied non-compliance by other operators had called into question the market’s credibility.

“We’ve seen competitors being fined big numbers and that creates uncertainty. At the same time, the UK licence has lost its symbolic value. Before you Read more

A system that allows gamblers to block themselves from all UK online betting sites has finally been approved, 18 months after it was due to be released.

Although the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) hasn’t formally announced the news, source close to The Guardian have said regulatory approval is imminent.

The newspaper was one of the first media outlets to identify weaknesses in GamStop. As well as running its own tests on the self-exclusion software, The Guardian obtained a letter from the UKGC.

Ongoing Concerns with GamStop

Addressed to the Remote Gambling Association, the correspondence outlined UKGC executive director Tim … Read more

The value of online gaming will improve by 11.5 percent over the next five years according to a new report by Grand View Research Inc.

Disseminating its results on August 27, the research company believes online betting revenue will top $102.9 billion/£830 million by 2025.

Explaining its conclusion, Grand View Research pointed to the popularity of social gaming as well as key opportunities opening up in new markets as drivers of growth.

UK Holds Key Role in Online Gaming Industry

The UK was highlighted as a source of continued growth. Noting the role of the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC), the … Read more

Rank Group, the parent company of Grosvenor Casinos and Mecca Bingo, has said digital innovations and cost-cutting have helped revive its flagging finances.

Publishing its preliminary results for the 12 months to June 30, 2019, Rank showed a 22 percent slump in operating profit.

Fuelling the drop from £50.1 million to £39 million over the last year was decreased footfall and a decline in high roller spending.

Offline Revenue Falls

As outlined in the August 22 report, revenue on a like-for-like basis across its network of live venues was down two percent. However, despite offline earnings taking a dive, the … Read more

VideoSlots Makes UK Online Gaming Safer with Mandatory Loss Limits

UK online gaming site VideoSlots has introduced a mandatory loss limit feature in a bid to become one of the country’s most socially responsible operators.

Announced last week, the move will force UK players to specify the amount they can afford to gamble each month. Additionally, VideoSlots will ask players to prove their occupation.

Only once the initial checks are complete and a loss limit has been set will they be able to bet for real money.

Flexible Settings – Mandatory Compliance

Naturally, as people’s circumstances change, so too may the amount they’re able to wager each month. To cover … Read more

Fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) and tighter regulations aren’t hampering growth at GVC Holdings according to the operator’s latest financial filing.

Summarising its H1 results and looking forward to the end of 2019, GVC’s CEO Kenneth Alexander way buoyant on August 15.

Describing the company’s online operating model as “highly effective,” Alexander is confident full-year profits will exceed previous expectations.

Online Gaming at GVC Holdings Exceeds Expectations

According to the interim report, proforma net gaming revenue (NGR) is five percent ahead of projections at £1.8 billion. Contributing to that improved full-year projection is a 17 percent surge in online gaming … Read more

ComeOn Looking to Improve UK Online Gaming with AI-Powered Innovation

Artificial intelligence (AI) looks set to make UK online gaming safer thanks to a new innovation from ComeOn.

The online casino operator recently revealed that it’s working with Neccton to develop a new responsible gambling tool. As per the August 13 press release, the AI software is a player tracking and personalised feedback tool.

Using Big Data to Solve Big Problems

In working with big data specialist Neccton, ComeOn’s developers are aiming to gain better insights into customers.

By combining resources and implementing the latest artificial intelligence technology, the operator believes it can detect problem gambling before it becomes an … Read more

1XBet has dragged three English Premier League clubs into the mire following allegations of promoting underage gambling and pornography.

An investigation by the Sunday Times has forced the Russian gaming operator to shutter its UK betting site. However, the exposé has also called into question the actions of Liverpool FC, Chelsea FC and Tottenham Hotspur.

Multiple Infractions Lead to Multiple Investigations

Although it doesn’t suggest the football clubs have engaged in any illegal activities, the report does accuse them of “whitewashing” 1XBet’s questionable reputation.

At the heart of the controversy are allegations of improper conduct. As per the August 11 … Read more