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Wednesday 26 January 2022

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Online gambling businesses face regulatory action

Two online casinos will pay a total of £1.3m after Commission investigations revealed social responsibility failures at the businesses.

Rank Digital Gaming (Alderney) Limited – trading as bellacasino.com, grosvenorcasino.com, meccabingo.com and meccagames.com – will pay a £700,557 regulatory settlement for social responsibility failures.

Annexio (Jersey) Limited – trading as lottogo.com – will pay £612,000 regulatory settlement for both social responsibility and money laundering failures.

Read more about two operators facing regulatory action

Crypto-assets and operating licence applications

Licence applicants are being warned about the risks and limitations of using crypto-assets as a source of funds - and are therefore being advised not to apply without full and complete source of funds information at application stage.

In recent years we have seen an increase in applicants who have stated they intend to use the digital assets to set up their business. To date all of these have been unsuccessful because the anonymity afforded by most crypto-assets - along with issues in the process of obtaining them - has meant applicants have been unable to satisfactorily answer questions we ask to ensure gambling is not funded by the proceeds of crime.

Read more about the risks and limitations of using crypto-currency as a proof of source of funds

Guidance on age verification test purchasing

This guidance follows our regulatory data consultation and follow-on informal engagement with trade associations and third-party test purchasing providers. We will now collect this data annually, with Financial Year 2021-22 results due by 12 May 2022.

Read our revised age verification test purchasing guidance and results submission template

Update on improving statistics - adult participation and the prevalence of problem gambling

The project to improve the quality of the participation and prevalence statistics is progressing, with the outcomes from the stakeholder engagement phase to be published by the end of next month. 

The project has now moved into the pilot phase where a random sample of adults across Great Britain will be invited to complete the pilot questionnaire. This will be trialling a ‘push-to-web’ approach where participations will be encouraged to submit answers online, with a paper version available to those who are not able to. The results of the pilot survey will be available in April 2022. 

Consultation on changes and updates to our Licensing, Compliance, and Enforcement Policy

We are calling for views on proposed changes to our Licensing, Compliance and Enforcement Policy, which we last amended in 2017.

Read proposed policy changes and have your say
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