Remote Gaming

Recommended in Chambers & Partners Guide to the UK Legal Profession for being “fantastically dedicated and client-oriented” and “hugely knowledgeable and skilled”, we have been advising clients from the earliest days of the remote gaming industry when the cutting edge technology was still the telephone.

Since that time, with massive growth in both broadband penetration and consumer confidence in e-commerce generally, the industry has grown beyond recognition, with an ever-increasing range of jurisdictions introducing new regulatory and licensing regimes. Whilst that has served to expand opportunities in certain parts of the world for those involved in the sector, legislation elsewhere has had the opposite effect.

For remote gaming operators and software suppliers to the remote gaming industry, we are able to provide a complete service, not only taking care of all the gaming, regulatory and compliance issues that might arise, but also providing wide-ranging commercial advice in relation to the key issues which affect those acting within this sector.

Our advice to remote gaming operators covers such issues such as:

  • The need for operating licences in the UK to engage with UK-based customers;
  • The impact of Brexit and the rapidly fragmenting European betting market;
  • The circumstances in which software developers will now require a licence from the Gambling Commission;
  • Advice on marketing – including drafting promotional policies, terms and conditions;
  • Advice on compliance with the CAP/BCAP Codes, LCCP and IGRC Codes, particularly in light of the recent Gambling Commission review of the BGO Entertainment Limited licence (April 2017);
  • Applications to the Gambling Commission for remote Operating Licences and variations to existing Operating Licences;
  • Advice on reporting requirements pursuant to the Gambling Act 2005 and the Gambling Commission’s “Licence Conditions and Code of Practice” (LCCP);
  • Defending applications for review of Operating or Personal Management Licences;
  • Applications for remote gaming licences, not only in Great Britain, but also in popular jurisdictions, such as Alderney, the Isle of Man, Gibraltar and Malta.

We also have excellent working relationships with specialist gaming lawyers in other jurisdictions, enabling detailed joined-up advice to be given to clients.

With the benefit of the knowledge and experience gained from close involvement in this field since the mid-1990s, we are extremely well-placed to advise clients – whether in the betting, gaming or lottery fields – who are wishing to take advantage of the increasing range of opportunities likely to arise in what is an ever-changing regulatory landscape, while also taking precautions against the daunting new hurdles that it has created.

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