UK gaming watchdog looks to clamp down on unlicensed igaming platforms

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The British gambling regulator has warned online platforms that facilitate bets on e-sports or which allow gamers to gamble virtual items they have obtained when gaming that they might require a gambling licence to continue with their operations.

The British gambling regulator has warned online platforms that facilitate bets on e-sports or which allow gamers to gamble virtual items they have obtained when gaming that they might require a gambling licence to continue with their operations.

The Gambling Commission said “the lines between some social gaming products and gambling are blurring” and highlighted concerns about unlicensed betting and gaming activities as the popularity of e-sports grows.

The regulator has published a new discussion paper on virtual currencies, e-sports and social gaming (12-page / 141KB PDF) in which it confirmed that it had written to more than 100 unlicensed online gambling websites calling on them to “cease offering facilities for gambling to British customers”. It said a “significant number” of those websites were “offering facilities for remote gambling” in the context of e-sports and gaming.

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