The United Kingdom encompasses an area that is twice the size of New York. Great Britain consists of England, Wales and Scotland along with Northern Ireland that covers the United Kingdom.
The Gambling Act of 2005 was established in Great Britain to regulate gambling in a partnership with licensing authorities. The independent body was developed and is sponsored by the Department for Culture, Media and Sports. The Commission has grown to an approximately 200 employee staff with offices located in Birmingham, England, Scotland and Wales. The Gambling Commission is funded by organizations and independent operators that they license. Due to higher tax rates, many gambling operatos have moved to other countries for lower taxes, which are more cost effective.
A gambling license is required when an operator manufactures, supplies or installs gambling software that is in connection to remote gambling but does not include gaming machines. Supplying operators in Great Britain whether your company is located abroad requires a UK gambling license.
Gambling sectors under the UK Gambling Commission include Arcades, Sports Betting, Bingo, Casinos, Gaming machines, Lotteries, Raffles, Gambling Software and Online Gambling. Gambling fees vary depending on each sector and are broken down by operator license application, annual license, personal management license, personal function license and premise license.
Gambling advertising in Great Britain is restricted to operators that are licensed by the Gambling Commission, EEA operating jurisdictions including Gibraltar and white listed jurisdictions.
Online Gambling Standards
The UK Gambling Commission has technical standards and requirements that must be met by the gambling software and operator licensing holders. Technical standards cover, but are not limited to; customer account information, displaying transactions, auto-play, time critical events and responsible product design.
Players are protected by standards that include rules and game descriptions and the likelihood of winning. Limiting collusion and cheating aids in the prevention of fraudulent activity. Games must generate random outcomes for honest, fair and unpredictable results.
Security requirements are obligatory, setting standards that must be met by operators. Preventive measures to protect customers include safe electronic transmission of sensitive personal information, banking transactions and guard against any unauthorized users.
Quality testing standards ensure that the remote gambling operation and software are in complete compliance and is strictly enforced by the Gambling Commission. This process is conducted by an accredited independent auditor to conduct and verify compliance with a certificate of authenticity.
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