Published: 08 February 2019 by Richard Bradley
“Following on from our previous article in September last year, the Gambling Commission has announced amendments to its Licence Conditions and Codes of Practice for remote operating licence holders.
The new rules, which come into effect on the 7th May 2019, aim to make gambling safer and fairer by requiring licensees to:
To date, gambling businesses have been allowed 72 hours to complete age verification checks, although operators cannot permit customers to withdraw winnings until the age verification process has been completed.
The new rules ensure that a customer’s age must be verified before they can deposit money or gamble.
The Gambling Commission will also require that a customer’s age must be verified before they are able to access free-to-play versions of any online games. Whilst free-to-play games are not technically gambling as there is no prize involved, the GC has stated that there is no reason why such games should be made available to children on a licensee’s website.
The amendments have been designed to help to protect children and vulnerable individuals and reduce the risk of crime associated with gambling.
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