Microgaming Brands to Leave UK

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Gaming giant Microgaming has announced its decision to withdraw some of its brands from the UK market, on the back of the new gambling regulations coming into force in the country.

The recent UK Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Act which was due to come into full effect on October 1st, but this has been delayed by one month due to recent developments. The act has had an impact across the gambling market, with a number of casino, slots and poker sites all affected by the change in law. However Microgaming are the first big brand to announce that some of their sites will be withdrawing from the UK when the changes come into effect on November 1st.

A total of four Microgaming bingo brands will be saying bye to their British players in November, as they stop advertising to or accepting players from the UK. This is due to the change in law which now requires operators to have an operating license from the Gambling Commission in the UK. Not only this, a Point of Consumption Tax, which is also part of the law, comes into effect from December and will charge overseas operators a tax based on the number of UK players and UK player spend, rather than the old form of tax which was only applied when the companies’ operations were run from the UK. Essentially it won’t matter where a gambling site is based, they will still have to pay tax for every British player who uses their site.

As such, the first brand to announce its departure from the UK was Jackpot City Bingo. The Microgaming site announced this withdrawal through Buffalo, the organisation who market their brand, stating that it’s a Buffalo-wide issue. If players are deemed to be a ‘UK Person’ they won’t be able to play with any Buffalo Partner casinos or their partners such as Jackpot City Bingo. All brands will be discontinued in the UK by the end of October.

It was not long before three more Microgaming products followed suit. Giggle Bingo, Back 2 School Bingo and True Blue Bingo, who are all marketed by the successful Fortune Affiliates, issued an email to their players stating that the recent regulation in the UK means that Fortune Affiliates could no longer accept or retain any players from the UK region.

Despite the loss of these four brands to the UK online bingo scene, there are still many Microgaming brands remaining in the UK. With no plans to leave the market as yet, players can still look forward to playing on 32 Red Bingo, Betway Bingo, Bingo Diamond, Bingo on the Box, Butlers Bingo, Dotty Bingo, Dream Bingo, Glossy Bingo and the newly launched Rehab Bingo.

At present there’s no acknowledgement of the closure on the homepage of any of the bingo sites, however if you’re not already a member of these sites the advice would be to avoid them for the moment. If you are a member of any of these sites and are concerned about your bingo balance or how you can withdraw funds, you should get in touch with the support team specific to the brand you are playing on for further advice.

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