Gambling Commission consults on changes to technical standards

Gambling Commission consults on changes to technical standards

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by Yue-Ting Fung, Paralegal

by Yue-Ting Fung, Paralegal

The Commission has published its second consultation and first full review on the Remote Gambling and Software Technical Standards (RTS) (October 2016), since its first publication in July 2007.

The consultation aims to:

• Ensure that gambling is conducted in a fair and open way

• Ensure consumers are provided with clear guidance on gambling products and responsible gambling tools

• Deliver an effective and proportionate framework

• Ensure the RTS is structured in a manner that is clear and accessible

• Reflect the changes to the recently updated testing strategy

The extent of the Commission’s regulatory interest corresponds with the significant growth of online gambling in the past few years which has seen an increase in innovation, volume of players and availability and varied nature of player access, such as use of mobile devices.

Holders of remote operating licences and gambling software licences have an excellent opportunity in the next 12 weeks (until 17 January 2017), to respond to a host of proposals, in particular, to provide comments on new requirements including live RTP monitoring requirements, live dealer standards, linked progressive jackpots, display of game identifier and virtual sports odds. In respect of revisions to existing requirements, the consultation aims to clarify areas including information security, peer-to-peer poker, emerging game designs and game history.

In addition, depending on demand, the Commission will hold a couple of teleconferences/ workshops in early December to respond to specific queries concerning the draft proposals. We encourage all holders of remote operating licences and gambling software licences to participate, with a view to ensuring that fairness and transparency of remote gambling is achieved in the most comprehensive and effective manner, for operators, the Commission and consumers alike.

You can email the Commission for further details.