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06.03.2019

UK Labour to Propose Stricter Regulations for Online Gambling

Regulation in the UK is about to get even stricter, following all the recent regulation changes – the Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, Tom Watson was said to ask for new laws for online casinos and bookmakers on the 28th of February. Watson said in an interview that the current regulations are “inadequate” and could lead to abuse along with a rise in the country’s population having gambling problems.

Currently, the regulation is enforced according to the Gambling Act of 2005, passed by the Prime Minister at the time, Tony Blair. The laws currently in place are “unfit for the digital age” - Watson claims, with the desire to put a limit on the amount and frequency of maximum bets, specifically with the intent to bring online limits closer to the caps currently on physical fixed odds betting machines.

Recently, we have seen a proposal from the Conservative government – to put a ban on gambling with
Credit Cards, in an effort to verify players are only playing with money they have. Although this, and the other ideas may be popular with both of the major parliament parties, the Remote Gambling Association (RGA) has raised the concern that these regulations could drive bettors to international sites that are much less regulated.

RGA said: “The online environment has the huge advantage of providing a complete overview of player spending patterns and behaviours, using this information can prove to be a more effective and more sophisticated way to tackle problem gambling and thereby avoid arbitrary limits that risk driving customers to the unregulated and illegal gambling market.”

The UK is walking on thin ice with the increasingly stricter regulations, players want to be able to bet and with more and more regulation being introduced – they will be encouraged to look elsewhere to gamble.


05.03.2019

American Regulators Discussing eSports

Sandra Douglass Morgan, the Chairwoman of the Nevada Gaming Control Board or NGCB, has said that although eSports has picked up a great deal of traction in recent years – the industry still needs to adapt and gain public interest.

The NGCB has apparently only received four requests to process bets on eSports events since 2017. Morgan said that skill-based gaming companies have yet to gain momentum as only three companies have received licences in Nevada, with the 4th awaiting approval.

Sandra Morgan said - “Skill-based slot machines have
not gained significant popularity on the casino floor. Similar to skill-based gaming, there seems to be public interest in eSports but not a significant demand from licensees to offer wagers on eSports events…” shortly adding “As the eSports evolve and oversight and sanctioning organisations emerge, the board expects an increase in the amount of eSports style wagering”


03.03.2019

The End of Cookie Tracking?

There was recent news of the newest version of Firefox restricting a lot of functionality with cookie tracking and now the latest news regards Apple and their Intelligent Tracking Prevention (ITP) 2.1 Beta for Safari.

The Beta version was released on the 21st of February, with a primary feature introducing a restriction to the lifespan of first-party cookies. These cookies will now be restricted to a 7 day expiry period, with the intent to help with user privacy, security and to improve performance. The new iteration of the Apple Safari browser is designed to help manage site cookies to ensure websites are not using cross-site tracking and third-party cookies to track users across the web.

The upcoming changes to both Firefox and Safari, who have recently introduced ITP’s, have raised concerns within the affiliate industry
. There are growing fears regarding the impact the new cookie and tracking restrictions will have on networks and affiliate programs across the internet. Many affiliates are wondering how these changes will affect the accuracy of tracking and the association between them and their generated sales, with an impact on their commission – with as many as one in three affiliate sales being tracked through Safari and almost 5% of all web interactions taking place through Firefox, the concerns are understandable.


01.03.2019

UK Gambling Trade Associations Join Forces

In the last few months, the industry have been seeing a seemingly endless stream of changes to regulation from the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC). However, there’s an opposing party set to fight from the other corner – two of the UK’s gambling associations are set to combine forces against the regulatory body currently disrupting the industry.

The Remote Gambling Association (RGA) who represent online betting operators and the Association of British Bookmakers (ABB) are set to merge, with the intention to have a stronger voice for the opposition of new regulation impacting the industry
. This was confirmed by a job position being advertised on Ellwood Atfield’s recruitment website.

The job, as advertised is under the name of "NEWCO", which comes with the following description - “the working title for a new industry body representing the gambling sector, replacing the Remote Gambling Association (RGA) and the Association of British Bookmakers (ABB).”

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