UKGC considers online credit cards ban
he UK Gambling Commission has revealed that it will hold a 12-week consultation from mid-August following a recent call for evidence on the issue of gambling online with credit cards, which could be banned after the consultation is completed. The gambling commission said that one approach would be to prohibit online gambling with credit cards. The public and other stakeholders will be subject to the consultation on other options, including restricting the credit card use. The UKGC will then take the appropriate course of action with evidence obtained by this consultation, alongside data already submitted.
The call for evidence started in February and highlights several key interest points. If action happens on credit cards alone, consumers experiencing harm may use other forms of borrowing to fund their gambling. Consumers can also opt for overdrafts and loans. “It is therefore to protect customers from harm where they gamble with other forms of borrowed money,” said the UKGC.
Where online gambling deposits are through some e-wallets, operators have no means of knowing which method the payment originated from. Any future proposals would therefore require e-wallet providers to take the necessary action to support any regulatory measures introduced. The UKGC wants further evidence about consumers’ motivations for using credit cards to for evidence highlighted very little in this regard. In aiming to prevent harm from gambling with credit cards, the commission is clear that it must take account of the impact of a ban or restrictions on gamblers who are not experiencing gambling harms,” said UKGC.
Paul Hope, Executive Director at the Gambling Commission, said: “Gambling with borrowed money is a risk factor for consumers. So we think there is a need for action. This consultation will help us decide what that action should be.”
BtoBet strikes deal with Nigerian operators
eading iGaming platform provider BtoBet has further strengthened its presence in Nigeria, with the company providing its technologies to operators “Vbetnow” and “Konfambet”. Focusing on delivering an enhanced user experience to its players, the Nigerian operator will be delivering a diverse portfolio of offerings based on local and international sports betting, including live sports events, online and live casino, jackpots and a range of special bets and virtuals.
Alessandro Pizzolotto, CEO of BtoBet’s Certified Partner for Africa, STM Gaming, expressed his satisfaction at the rapid expansion of the company’s BtoBet White Label Partnership Program in the African continent, a region that he expects to undergo significant transformation from a technological and jurisdictional point of view. He added that the emerging nature of the market requires a local presence and deep knowledge of all its intricacies, be it player preferences or payment gateway options. BtoBet’s CMO Sabrina Solda also expressed positive thoughts about the impact that the WLP Program has had in the local
market in a relatively short period of time. “Being a market based on a set of unique circumstances from an infrastructural and regulatory aspect, many operators have tended to make the mistake to side-line the importance of having in-depth knowledge of the local industry. This has seen the demise of numerous operators, even major ones, who are accustomed to a wholly different scenario in more mature markets.”
She added that through its WLP Program BtoBet has circumvented these difficulties, providing local operators with adaptable technology and the expertise that is key to their success.
WeAreCasino appoints Sem Moioli as new Group CEO A pioneer of digital
media, Sem launched
Multimedia Studio in 1992. Among other projects, he was in charge of setting up RaiNews24 for the
Italian national broadcaster, as well as developing online and interactive media projects for companies such as Mercedes, Renault, Ferrari and Barilla, etc. During this time, he oversaw the launch of the Vatican’s official Internet Office and the Holy See’s video and audio operations. In 1999, he created Game Network, the first 24/7 international satellite TV channel fully dedicated to videogames. In October 2000, he became one of the co-founders of Digital Bros S.p.A., where he served as a board member and as President of Game Network and head of the online gaming and TV operations for the company until 2009.
“I’m very excited about this new challenge. It will be my daily target to help WeAreCasino, a young company with a huge potential in its business model and plans with a very talented Team to constantly grow and achieve the best possible results,” said Moioli.
Habanero appoints Vera Motto as Business Development Executive
Slots and table games provider Habanero has appointed Vera Motto as Business Development Executive as it continues its push into Latin America. Following her previous role at
Espresso Games, Motto arrives with a wealth of experience and knowledge of the region’s markets, including press and media relations.
Arcangelo Lonoce, Head of Business Development at Habanero, said: “Habanero prides itself on recruiting some of the industry’s biggest talent and the appointment of Vera Motto certainly proves that. She arrives with a wealth of experience and is the perfect addition to our ever-expanding team as we continue to grow and reach more players than ever with our products.”
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