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Online Gambling Lawyer

Volume: 16 Issue: 5
(May 2017)


888 Holdings plc confirmed that the Great British Gambling Commission is currently conducting a review into the manner in which a subsidiary of the company has carried out its licensed activities relating to social responsibility measures employed concerning customers including, amongst other things, the effectiveness of self-exclusion tools adopted across different operating platforms, reads a statement on its website dated 15 May 2017. / read more

The Football Association (‘FA’) is considering introducing a football betting levy similar to the Horserace Betting Levy and is currently reviewing the appropriateness of its official betting partnership amid concerns about the sport’s relationship with gambling following widespread allegations of illegal betting within the sport, according to an article published by The Telegraph on 4 May 2017. / read more


Melanie Ellis and Tom Edmonds of Harris Hagan discuss two recent developments in the online gambling market. First, Melanie looks at a recent report from the British Gambling Commission (‘GC’) on its review of complaint processes in the gambling industry, in which it discussed, for example, new requirements for alternative dispute resolution entities. Following that, Tom analyses the GC’s introduction of host licences, aimed at B2B operators that do not contract with end users but which technically provide ‘facilities for gambling’ and therefore require a licence to offer certain types of gambling products. / read more

Norway’s Gaming Authority recently published a blog post, discussing skins betting and its status under Norwegian Law. According to the Gaming Authority, betting with skins may fall into the definition of a lottery if a player buys skins using real money, even if the skins can’t be exchanged back into real money. Mathilde S. Wilhelmsen, Attorney at Bing Hodneland Advokatselskap DA, discusses the legal status of eSports and skins betting under Norwegian law and the potential issues arising out of the Gaming Authority’s approach, while also assessing the effectiveness of Norway’s payment processing ban on gambling transactions. / read more

The EU General Data Protection Regulation will bring with it the right to data portability, which will require businesses to transfer an individual’s personal data to other companies at the request of the data subject. Antoon Dierick and Charlotte Suffys of DLA Piper LLP discuss the right to data portability in the context of online gambling, the limitations and how the right might apply to different types of data that online gambling operators have about players. / read more

Steve Donoughue, Gambling Consultant, provides his opinion in this article on one of the thornier implications of Brexit for the online gambling sector: that of Gibraltar. Steve provides a brief overview of Spanish/British history as it pertains to Gibraltar’s status, and examines what Brexit could mean for the Rock, particularly in light of operator 888 Holding’s comments in its annual report for 2016 that it may consider an alternative base than Gibraltar because of Brexit. / read more

In January 2017, the Danish Government announced that it was to amend the country’s current gambling legislation to liberalise a number of minor monopoly games and introduce a new support scheme for horseracing in the form of a special contribution. In accordance with this, the Danish Minister of Taxation proposed a new Draft Bill to liberalise online bingo and horserace betting on 26 April 2017, which - if approved - will lead to a further liberalisation of the Danish gambling market from 1 January 2018, as Pernille Nørkær, Camilla O. J. Pedersen and Zia Hammer of Moalem Weitemeyer Bendtsen, explain. / read more

On 15 March 2017 the Great British Gambling Commission (‘the Commission’) published its position paper on virtual currencies, eSports and social casino gaming. This follows its August 2016 discussion paper which looked to promote debate on a number of issues which have emerged from the development of interactive entertainment products particularly where there is a blurring of the boundaries between these activities and gambling. The position paper clarifies a number of key areas and confirms the Commission’s focus and approach. Some areas however remain opaque - the fast-moving nature of the technology which underpins these products means this will always remain an evolving area. It is however very clear that the Commission expects all those involved in, and benefitting commercially from, these products to regulate themselves, applying best practice from comparable sectors, as Susan Biddle and Chris Boylan of Kemp Little LLP explain. / read more

About Online Gambling Lawyer

The monthly publication exploring legal issues affecting operators in online gambling and gaming, on a global basis. Topics covered included licensing, offshore operators, mobile gaming, gambling payments, fixture lists and database rights, online poker, social gaming and gambling, online liquidity, advertising, sports betting, in-play betting, eSports, fantasy sports (DFS), Bitcoin gambling, and gambling fraud, as well as in-depth discussion of legislation such as the Fourth Anti-Money Laundering Directive and the US Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 (UIGEA)... / read more

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