RGA Statement: 26th March 2018

A Remote Gambling Association statement in response to the Gambling Commission Review of online gambling published on 26th March 2018

An Introduction to Online Gambling

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.

Responsible Gambling Messages to be included throughout TV adverts

The IGRG today announced a further enhancement to the Industry Code (‘the Industry Code’) for Socially Responsible Advertising. It requires that throughout each television advert a responsible gambling message or a reference to www.begambleaware.org will appear. The provision will come into force at the end of June 2018.

NEW GAMSTOP CONTACT DETAILS

We are pleased to announce that a dedicated GAMSTOP office has now been put in place. Therefore if you have any queries in relation to GAMSTOP the team can be reached on 01423 790354 or feel free to e-mail Fiona Palmer (fpalmer@gamstop.co.uk ) or Katie Reynolds-Jones ( KReynolds@gamstop.co.uk ) directly.

Behavioral Analytics: RGA Publishes Good Practice Guidelines

22nd February 2018 - The Remote Gambling Association (“the RGA”) has today published good practice guidelines to help operators when they are developing or purchasing systems to enable them to recognise problematic online gambling behaviour and interact with identified customers to address the behaviours that are of concern.

GAMSTOP Registration Now Open

The Registration Form and the GAMSTOP Operator Side Implementation Guidance (GOSIG) are now available to enable the onboarding process for ALL (not just RGA members) British licensed online gambling operators to integrate with GAMSTOP in advance of the scheme going live in Spring 2018.

RGA calls for Government to introduce a Statutory Levy

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.

RGA disappointed in EC decision to close all pending gambling infringement cases

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.

Portuguese online gambling law fails to reduce unregulated market

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.

KPMG Report shows the potential benefits of a well-regulated online gambling market in Brazil.

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.

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