The dust has finally settled regarding the news that the DCMS is going to launch a review into the Gambling Act of 2005. Many organizations in the industry voiced their reactions towards the upcoming Review of the UK Gambling Laws. The organizations that reacted to the announcement include the BGC (Betting and Gaming Council), the UKGC, William Hill, Flutter Entertainment, and GamCare.
The Betting and Gaming Council's Reaction to the UK Gambling Laws Review
The Chief Executive, Michael Dugher, commented that they strongly welcome the new review. He said that it is an excellent opportunity to create safer gambling for everyone. The CEO also added that the review and changes have to be evidence-led. He also made it clear that the government's changes to the UK Gambling Laws should strike a balance, so it does not push players to the unregulated black market.
The Gambling Commission and the Review of the UK Gambling Laws
The UKGC welcomes the review, which will also affect their resources and powers. The gambling commission's spokesperson stated that they look forward to providing advice to the government and have a close working relationship with the DCMS during the review.
GamCare Response to the Gambling Act 2005 Review
GamCare stated that they speak to more than 40,000 people through the National Gambling Helpline every year. They said that they have a unique position to represent the experience of the users of their service. Like the UKGC, they vouched to provide their full support to be a part of the consultation regarding the UK Gambling Laws review.
It is not only regulatory organizations that welcomed the review. Flutter Entertainment also declared its warm welcome to the review. The Executive Chairman, Ian Proctor, stated that they appreciate the review. They believe it will help them improve the safety of millions of players who enjoy their products. It will also help them provide help to the small number of people who are problem gamblers.
The CEO of William Hill, Ulrik Bengtsson, said that the company welcomes the review of the UK Gambling Laws. He said that the company and the industry are committed to keeping gambling safe, and they achieve that by raising the standard. They accomplish that by prohibiting any underage gambling. Also, they make sure that vulnerable people are not exposed to gambling ads. He added that they are looking forward to engaging with the government in this review. They want to ensure that any new regulations work alongside the progress that the industry achieved.
Therefore, it seems that the industry welcomes the recent announcement regarding the review of the UK Gambling Laws. On the other hand, they all urge the government that the review be evidence-led and to work in coherence with the regulatory progress that the industry and its entities have achieved so far. They all expressed their fear of drastic changes that might push players to the unsafe parallel black market of unregulated operators.