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UK Gambling Groups Unify

The Association of British Bookmakers and the Remote Gambling Association unified, under the name Betting and Gaming Council. The group with officially launch in autumn of this year and has the ambition to give a united voice from the UK’s gambling industry, allowing for UKGC licence holders to apply for membership, to have their say conveyed through the new council.

The chair of the council will be Brigid Simmonds, who will be stepping down from her CEO position at the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA). She stated that – “The gambling industry is a hugely significant contributor to the leisure industry and the economy. There are however, critical issues facing the sector and that is why I will ensure creating a safe gambling environment is top priority.”

Simon Emeny, a BBPA Chairman, commented on Simmonds saying that
“During her tenure, Brigid has led numerous successful campaigns to reduce beer duty and improve access for pubs to business rates relief. She is powerful in her argument and a rapier-sharp in negotiating with politicians. I know I speak on behalf of all the BBPA members when I say that the BBPA’s loss is most definitely the gambling industry’s gain.”


Malaysia set to Update Gambling Laws

Since the start of the year, the police force in Malaysia have been kept busy, with raiding a number of illegal gambling operations. The result of the raids have been just short of $1 million being seized and over 14,700 arrests. The country has growing concerns that they are on the brink of an illegal gambling epidemic and is looking to stop the activity before it gets worse.

The method for the lawmakers of Malaysia is to update the gambling legislation, as most of the currently enforced laws were written during the 1950’s and 1960’s. A recent interview with Malaysia’s Home Minister, Muhyiddin Yassin revealed that he intends to have the laws brought up to the because they do not cover any activity around online gambling

Along with the increase in illegal gambling activity, it has been revealed that it’s attracting people who are meant to be stopping it. Parliamentary member Alice Lau told the press that there has been an increasing number of police officers who have been taking part and facilitating illegal operations. Yassin commented to say that the government will be taking appropriate action against any law enforcement officer found to be involved in the illegal industry.


Android’s Gambling Self Restriction Tool

The company BetBlocker has launched a new feature which allows for players to add restrictions on gambling-related apps on Android devices. The intention is to help users to self-exclude themselves from over 5,900 operator websites and over 1,000 applications.

Duncan Garvie, BetBlocker Managed said “with more and more people accessing gambling via their mobile devices it is more important than ever that there is a resource available for those who feel that gambling is getting on top of them to take action to help themselves limit their exposure to this addictive activity. Restricting gambling apps further improves our service for Android users, limiting one more avenue of access.”

It’s been said that BetBlocker is hoping for the feature to transition into a “community project” with users reporting sites and apps that have been missed by the blocking system, to continuously improve it. Currently the feature only blocks sites that are confirmed to be gambling sites, instead of using keywords to determine, in an effort to prevent “false negative” results

When using the Gambling Self Restriction tool, users are able to choose their own restriction length, from anywhere between 24 hours and 5 years. Once activated the user will not be able to deactivate the restriction until the set time has been met. Users can also select to include gambling information sites too, to ensure they are not exposed to advertising for gambling or have their self-control challenged.


Swedish Regulator Confirms Licence Revocation

The Administrative Court in Sweden, has rejected SafeEnt’s appeal after the gambling regulator Spelinspektionen revoked their gambling licence. SafeEnt, which runs Ninja Casino, was found to have serious deficiencies in the operations of the company, including a lack of gaming responsibility and measures against money laundering.

The Swedish regulator had spent a considerable amount of time investigating the operations of the company and in doing so, had found many violations of the regulators most important laws which were put in place to protect players. One of the biggest discoveries was that customers were able to spend large amounts of money without the company having an appropriate reaction. It was also found that players were able to continue playing far beyond their own set deposit limits.

Additionally, when it came to the measures taken to prevent money laundering and terrorist financing, there were a number of shortcomings. The final nail in the coffin was when they found SafeEnt to be offering numerous bonuses to their players, which is strictly against the agreement

SafeEnt claimed they were constantly working to implement new measures to correct the deficiencies that have been outlined. However, Spelinspektionen have said that the actions are too little too late and stated that SafeEnt lacks understanding of important parts of the local gambling laws and in turn, has revoked the licence with immediate effect.

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