Published: 22 February 2019 by David Inzani
“The Gambling Commission has this week issued a call for evidence on player protection surrounding Category B gaming machines.
The Commission has stated that the call for evidence is an opportunity for the industry to outline plans to meet the challenges set out in the Government’s Review of Gaming Machines and Social Responsibility Measures.
Following recent engagement with the industry, the Commission has raised concerns regarding industry efforts to develop meaningful controls for Category B gaming machines. The Commission has highlighted incentives for the industry to show a commitment to enhancing player protections, including:-
The maximum stake for category B2 gaming machines will be reduced from £100 to £2 in April this year. Although Category B1 and B3 machines will still have maximum stakes of £5 and £2 respectively, due to the speed at which B1 and B3 machines can be played the Commission considers the risk associated with them to be similar to that of B2 machines.
The consultation ends on 16th May 2019 and interested parties can provide their views via the Gambling Commission’s website – https://www.gamblingcommission.gov.uk/news-action-and-statistics/Consultations/Open-consultations/Gambling-Commission-calls-for-evidence-on-Category-B-gaming-machines.aspx.”
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