This section contains select links to media releases on issues related to gambling and gaming from around the globe.
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In the News
The New Zealand Gambling (Problem Gambling Levy) Regulations 2019 have been confirmed by Cabinet. The new regulations come into force on 1 July 2019.
NEW ZEALAND: The New Zealand Racing Minister, Winston Peters, has announced a repeal of the racing totaliser betting levy currently paid by the racing industry to the NZ Government.
UNITED KINGDOM: The UK Gambling Commission has launched a new framework for measuring gambling harms among children and young people, as part of its National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms. The framework is designed to help guide and focus research and action to better understand and reduce gambling harms in children and young adults.
UNITED KINGDOM: New rules for all online gambling companies in the UK have come into force today (Tuesday 7th May 2019). From now on, all remote gambling companies will have to complete age and identity checks before allowing any new custiomers to play.
The GREO (Gambling Research Exchange Ontario) has had its funding cut and has been advised to wind down operations immediately. The independent organization was formed to eliminate harm from gambling.
IRELAND: The working group made recommendations on fees and duties to be paid by licensed gambling operators.
UNITED KINGDOM: GambleAware has Launched "No Bet Inn" in Liverpool as part of Bet Regret campaign.
UNITED KINGDOM: The Online Harms White Paper sets out the government’s plans for a package of online safety measures that also supports innovation and a thriving digital economy.
The Gambling Commission (UK) launched their national Strategy on the 25th April 2019. The strategy for the next three years has the sole and critical aim to make better and faster progress to reduce gambling harms.
The Gambling Commission (UK) have considered responses to their consultation and decided to strengthen requirements on remote gambling licencees in order to ensure gambling is fair and safe for consumers.
The UK advertising regulator the Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) has presented new guidleines in an attempt to protect problem gamblers and prevent underage gambling. The new guidleines came into effect on the 2nd of April.
"Bet Regret" is a safer gambling campaign to increase awareness about impulsive betting. It will assist to remove the stigma associated with gambling addiction and encourage people to look for help.
The Commission is seeking feedback from stakeholders to consider whether the use of credit cards for online gambling should be restricted or prohibited. The Commission is also calling for evidence especially in regards to the effectiveness of player protections on Category B gaming machines.
The Gambling Commission (UK) has issued its consultation response following the proposal of changes to the licence conditions and codes of practice on age and identity verification for remote gambling.
This review evaluated the extent to which the online consumer protection principles recommended by the EU Commission were adopted by EU member states. The underlying objective was to see whether the recommendation was sufficiently influential to encourage greater regulatory convergence and a high level of consumer protection across the EU.