New E-Gaming Act to Come Into Force in UK

There are concerns that the UK government’s new e-gaming licensing act could have detrimental effects to the online gambling community. The proposed act, to be implemented in October, will see them use a ‘Point of Consumption’ (POC) plan all online gambling websites.

This is part of an effort to license, regulate and implement tax on gambling organisations based in the UK or those which are supplying the UK gambling market with games. Alongside this they will also enforce a revenue tax on transactions with customers made by casino providers who operate overseas.

What this means for online bingo, mobile and iPad gamers is two-fold; first, providers who aren’t keen on paying all these extra finances might decide to go elsewhere for their business. So UK based online bingo and iPad bingo gamers might find their selection of sites to play on pretty restricted.

Then second there are concerns that the current proposal might create confusion over regulation and who can actually control what a website or app may do or not do with its player base.

According to Peter Howitt of the Gibraltar Betting & Gaming Association, this proposed legislative act will abandon the recognition of licences and supervision by various European jurisdictions.

What this means for players is, because some of the casino sites signed up for a UK license under the POC plan can be based anywhere in the world, there’s a chance that they might be in a location with no legal or cultural similarities with the rest of the UK. So the UK Gambling commission will have no right of supervision over these sites and no way to enforce strict regulations over them, this effectively renders them powerless to stop these sites from doing whatever they want with their players.

There is also another concern that this will lead to the creation of hundreds of unregulated websites and more specifically apps since it’s relatively easy nowadays to mass produce cheap iPad bingo apps. This means that in the future it may become increasingly difficult to find an iPad app that is not only fun to play around with but is also secure and is controlled by strict regulatory measures.

Although it’s not all bad news for iPad bingo players as some of the big brands like IGT, PokerStars, their owner Amaya Incorporated and Scientific Games have all been confirmed as having valid UK Licences. So tablet players will still be able to access bingo and slot games like Ghost Busters, Monopoly Plus, Star Trek, 100 Pandas and even Kitty Glitter without having to worry that their details might be compromised by the app or site they’re using.

A general rule of thumb after this legislation passes in October is to keep an eye out for these brands as you’ll know that the site you’re then using is legal and is regulated properly.

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