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UKGC: New rules to make online gambling in Britain fairer and safer

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The UK Gambling Commission has announced new rules which online operators must follow to make gambling safer and fairer.

The new rules, which follow an open consultation, will ensure operators verify customers’ age and identity details faster which will benefit consumers.

Safer for children

Until now, online gambling businesses have been allowed 72 hours to carry out age verification checks. The operator cannot permit customers to withdraw winnings until age verification has been completed and must return stakes if the person is found to be underage.

But to guard against the risk of children gambling, new rules mean operators must verify customer age before the customer can:

  • deposit funds into an account
  • gamble with the licensee with either their own money or a free bet or bonus.

In addition, the Commission is now also insisting that customers must be age verified before they are able to access free-to-play versions of gambling games on licensees’ websites. While free-to-play games are not technically gambling (there is no prize involved), there is no legitimate reason why they should be available to children.

Fairer and safer

In March 2018 the Commission announced that some online operators were treating customers unfairly by requesting additional identity information when the customer attempted to withdraw winnings. Around 15% of complaints to its contact centre were about licensees not allowing a customer to withdraw funds until they submit certain forms of ID.

The new rules require remote licensees to:

  • verify, as a minimum, the name, address and date of birth of a customer before allowing them to gamble
  • ask for any additional verification information promptly
  • inform customers, before they can deposit funds, of the types of identity documents or other information that might be required, the circumstances in which the information might be required, and how it should be supplied to the licensee
  • take reasonable steps to ensure that information on their customers’ identities remains accurate.

The changes will help operators better prevent harm or detect criminal activity because they have more information about their customers. In addition, the changes will mean that operators cannot demand that customers submit ID as a condition of cashing out, if they could have asked for that information earlier.

Finally, the changes will increase the likelihood that someone will be identified if they attempt to gamble while self-excluded. This applies equally to the operator’s own self-exclusion schemes and the online multi-operator self-exclusion scheme, Gamstop. This is because effective verification by operators will mean that a customer will not be verified, and therefore unable to gamble, until they provide correct details. These details will then be checked against both the operator’s own self-exclusion database and the verified data held by Gamstop.

Neil McArthur, Gambling Commission Chief Executive, said: “These changes will protect children and the vulnerable from gambling-related harm, and reduce the risk of crime linked to gambling.  They will also make gambling fairer by helping consumers collect their winnings without unnecessary delay.’’

“Britain’s online gambling market is the largest regulated market in the world and we want to make sure it is the safest and the fairest. Today’s changes follow our review of online gambling and our ongoing widespread regulatory action into the online sector.  We will keep using our powers to raise standards for consumers.”

Jeremy Wright, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, said:

“These significant changes mean operators must check someone’s age before they gamble, and not after. They rightly add an extra layer of protection for children and young people who attempt to gamble online. By extending strong age verification rules to free-to-play games we are creating a much safer online environment for children, helping to shut down a possible gateway to gambling- related harm.”

The new rules come into force on 7 May.

The Gambling Commission will shortly be launching a consultation on plans to make explicit our expectations about how to interact with a customer who may be experiencing gambling-related harm and will be calling for evidence on the use of gambling blocking software.


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Skyrocket Deals with Millennium Media, Snaps up Hollywood Film Rights

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The US based tech-entertainment company, Skyrocket Entertainment, has made deal with US-based Millennium Media and acquired international rights to a number of iconic Hollywood feature films including Rambo 4, The Expendables and the Fallen franchise. Skyrocket will transform these stories and characters into new gaming content and products and migrate them into the worldwide online gambling sector.

Production of the film-branded gaming content will commence from May 2019 with expected delivery slated for 2020. The deal was struck between Skyrocket CEO, Sean O’Kelly and Millennium Media president, Jeffrey Greenstein.

“We are excited to be working with Millennium Media, adding the crown jewels of their library to the Skyrocket slate for this innovative venture. Millennium recognised the value and vast potential of this new revenue stream from day one and we’re looking forward to creating fresh and immersive gaming experiences around these well-loved films, which resonate with existing but also new audiences worldwide,” O’Kelly said.


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AGTech Wins Lottery Hardware Bid in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region of China

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AGTech Holdings Limited is delighted to announce that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Beijing AGTech GOT Technology Co., Ltd has won the lottery terminals procurement tender to supply lottery terminals to the Sports Lottery Administration Center in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region of the People’s Republic of China, following the winning bids in Tianjin and Hainan since 2019. The successful bid further strengthened the Company’s leading position in China’s sports lottery hardware market and demonstrated the continued competitiveness of AGTech’s lottery terminals.

John Sun, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of AGTech said, “So far this year, AGTech GOT has already won tenders in various province, municipality and autonomous region across China, further reaffirming our hardware division’s continued dedication to and leading position in China’s lottery industry. AGTech has and will continue to enhance product innovation, ensure safety and R&D compliance, and contribute to the overall healthy development of China’s lottery market.”

 

About AGTech Holdings Limited:

AGTech was incorporated in Bermuda and its shares are listed on the GEM (Stock Code: 08279). AGTech is an integrated technology and services company engaged in the lottery and mobile games and entertainment market with a focus on China and selected international markets. A member of the Alibaba Group with around 400 employees, AGTech is the exclusive lottery platform of Alibaba Group and Ant Financial Group.

AGTech’s businesses are broadly divided into two categories:

  • Lottery (including hardware, games and systems,  provision of distribution and ancillary services); and
  • Games and Entertainment.

AGTech is a Gold Contributor of the World Lottery Association (WLA), an associate member of the Asia Pacific Lottery Association (APLA), and an official partner of the International Mind Sports Association (IMSA).

For more information, please visit www.agtech.com

 

SOURCE AGTech Holdings Limited


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Pariplay Launches Dragons of the North

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Pariplay Ltd., a leading provider of Internet Gaming Systems, has launched Dragons of the North, a new online video slot that sends players on a thrilling journey to a world of fantasy and adventure.

Beautifully realised graphics further add to the game’s allure, depicting a colourful but treacherous landscape that is sure to encourage repeat play and deeper exploration into all this magical world has to offer.

Players can trigger several special reel prizes with the Golden Dragon Egg symbol, which also acts as a Wild in both the base game and free spins. Possible rewards include cash prizes, 10 free spins and one of four different jackpots with multipliers ranging from ×15 to ×1000.

“We’re very excited about Dragons of the North, which is a worthy follow-up to the incredible success of the Rumble Rhino slot that we launched in March. These games are each representative of our commitment to crafting engaging experiences with innovative gameplay features. In the case of Dragons of the North, we’ve included a special feature where each reel has its own prize, which changes with each spin,” Richard Mintz, Commercial and Marketing Director of Pariplay said.


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