The Remote Gambling Association (RGA) today announced that it would urge the Government to introduce a statutory levy to replace the current system of voluntary funding for research, education, and treatment of problem gambling; and to ensure that the National Responsible Gambling Strategy is properly funded.
We at the Remote Gambling Association have produced a five minute video entitled ‘An Introduction to Online Gambling’ which explains in very simple terms how online gambling works, is regulated, taxed and kept crime free.
The European Commission today announced its decision to close all pending infringement cases and outstanding complaints against EU Member States whose regimes regarding online gambling are in breach of EU law. The Remote Gambling Association (RGA) views this decision as highly questionable, especially as it is based on and not on any legal assessment of the merits of the cases.
While the Portuguese online gambling regime is due to be reviewed two years after the first license was issued by the gambling regulator (SRIJ), a Eurogroup Consulting report commissioned by the Remote Gambling Association (RGA) estimates that 68% of the Portuguese gambling online gamble via operators that are not licensed in the country. The report demonstrates that the Portuguese legislation has not achieved one of its key objectives, namely reducing the unregulated offer, and the RGA believes that a more sensible licensing regime along with a workable taxation system based on Gross Gaming Revenue (GGR) for all online products would bring the best possible outcome for consumers, the industry and the Government.
At a time when the Brazilian Congress and Executive branch are working towards a competitive regulated online gaming market, a KPMG report commissioned by the Remote Gambling Association (RGA), estimates that the size of the market measured in terms of Gross Gaming Revenue (GGR) could be worth above R$6.7bn (US$2.1bn). The RGA believes that the industry, local consumers as well as the government would greatly benefit from a well-regulated sector that would attract reputable operators, protect consumers and generate much needed tax revenues.
The following statement has been issued by the Remote Gambling Association in relation to the to the DCMS Gambling Review announcement:
'There is a great deal for the RGA and our members to discuss following the DCMS Gambling Review announcement. These are important issues and we will naturally want time to consider it properly before commenting in detail and responding to the consultation. However, we completely support the Government’s intention to ensure that proportionate and effective safeguards for consumers are in place. We recognise there are concerns about aspects of gambling advertising and it is helpful that this paper can provide the basis for an informed debate about the issues.'
Responsible Gambling Week took place from 12-18 October 2017 and was a national, cross-industry initiative to promote responsible gambling. During the week, all sectors of the gambling industry (arcades, bingo clubs, bookmakers, casinos and online), in partnership with specialist charities, GambleAware and GamCare, came together under the theme “Let’s Talk About Responsible Gambling”.
The IGRG today announced a number of enhancements that have been made to the Industry Code (‘the Industry Code’) for Socially Responsible Advertising. These improvements will form part of the third edition of the Code which is to be implemented by the end of 2017.
1st June 2017 - The Remote Gambling Association (“the RGA”) announced today that GAMSTOP would be the name of the national online self-exclusion scheme which it agreed to design and implement to meet the aims of the Gambling Commission’s Licence Conditions and Codes of Practice.
On the second anniversary of the introduction of the Portuguese taxation and licensing regime, The Remote Gambling Association (RGA) is calling for an urgent review of the system after its failure to attract almost no licensees.