There is an incredible increase in revenues from online gambling in the United Kingdom.
As this country is mainly recognized for being the best destination to appreciate different types of internet betting and gaming activities, various frameworks were born to make this field as safe as possible. British gambling has regulated by the United Kingdom Gambling Commission (UKGC) since 2007 and this official regulator was set-up under the 2005 Gambling Act.
As gambling had ballooned in size, it is not surprising if problems related to this sector have also increased. The UKGC set out and enforced new guidelines to provide further protection for the customers. Additionally, since the coronavirus is a global emergency, this ongoing pandemic is impacting the British industries including the gambling sphere. Here’s a roundup of British gambling news that will inform about the self-exclusion scheme Gamstop as well as the UKGC reports and flaws.
Has the lockdown affected GamStop?
As reported by the National Online Self–Exclusion Scheme (NOSES), during the lockdown, GamStop has registered 67% of the users who had selected to ban themselves for five years or more. From 31 March 2020, all online gambling operators licensed and regulated by the UKGC must participate in the multi-operator self-exclusion program GamStop. Therefore, during the quarantine, thousands of new players are choosing themselves to be prohibited from their chosen gambling sites. This means that this service has shown a significant rise in terms of new users during this lockdown.
But even being registered at this self-exclusion system some players from the United Kingdom are asking “What gambling sites are not on Gamstop?” as stated in the latest NonStopCasino reports. In fact, the latest figures showed that during this ongoing isolation this self-exclusion service has received about 800 requests from the customers to be removed from the program because their self-ban period has expired. Despite the worries that this lockdown could increase the rate of vulnerable players to develop gambling disorder, GamStop revealed 6,700 new registrations.
UKGC Reports and Flaws
Systemic failures in player protection at PT Entertainment Services (PTES)
In April 2017, a 25-year-old player committed suicide. After contacted by this man’s family, the UKGC started an investigation and discovered that serious systemic failings occurred at PTES. Hence, this subsidiary of Playtech Entertainment was sanctioned and was slapped with a fine of £3.5 million for failings relating to anti-money laundering and social responsibility processes. According to the commission, PTES was aware of this man’s dealings despite the decline of his debit card transactions. In addition, this Isle of Man-based operator classified him as a VIP player without verifying his income.
No spike about complaints on illegal gambling platforms during the lockdown
Reported by the UKGC research department, new data reveals that the number of complaints associated with the illegal gambling operators in the UK during the Covid-19 quarantine has shown no rise. With just a total of 12 complaints about 9 platforms, the rate has been steady over the past 12 months. As a matter of fact, with a team who are specialists in monitoring reports on illegal gambling, there has been no peak since 23 March.
This means that these professionals have applied effective polices to ban illegal websites by using a variety of tools and strategies as well as gamblers are doing their best in staying safe during the quarantine. Apart from that, the regulator is also responsible for educating both the industry and public about the impact of choosing illegal platforms by cooperating with NCSC (National Cyber Security Centre).
Betting shops will reopen on June 15
The British bookmakers Betting Shops plans to reopen from June 15 as announced by the government on May 26. This sports betting shop is among the establishments that are allowed to reoperate after the lockdown in the UK. Suspended for some time to slow down the spread of the coronavirus, running this company again will be advantageous not only for the social life but also for the country’s economy.
Nevertheless, this box is encouraged to apply stricter systems to avoid the spread of the virus. The members have to consider the social distancing restrictions and make certain a safe environment for the customers by implementing hygiene measures.
A campaign for a gambling education launched by BGC
The UK’s Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) released an education campaign on gambling with a budget of $12.2 million. This operation has the goal to raise awareness about the impact and the risk of gambling in the young population. Lead by two reputed organizations, YGAM and GamCare, both will share their expertise through their professional teams.
According to BGC, this project is estimated at $12.2 million and targets young people between 11 and 19. As it aims to educate teenagers and young, the citizens in England, Northern Ireland, and Wales will benefit from this programme. There will be more schemes for students which will become part of the school curriculum in the UK.