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Self Exclusion Software Rumours Untrue

by Glenn Baird - September 3, 2019

Despite rumours that have been circulating via online media outlets, it would appear that a law to force all UK operators to provide access to Gamstop will not be announced this week by the UK Gambling Commission.

It had been suggested earlier this week that the UKGC would be making it a requirement that all online gambling companies in the UK would need to sign up to Gamstop in order to retain their UK licence.

However, the rumour was quashed earlier today by the regulator’s Communications Manager, Ben Glass, who said the following in a statement made with Gambling Insider:

“Gamstop will be a helpful additional tool for users, and it is important to get it right. Gamstop is working towards providing us with the necessary assurances to allow us to trigger the requirement for all operators to become members.

“We cannot bring the condition into force until that information has been received, considered and taken to our board for a decision on commencement.

“Our board would also decide on the length of the implementation period, but there will be at least four weeks between notification of license commencement and the condition coming into force.

“It should be recognised the majority of operators are already fully integrated with Gamstop.”

The call for effective self-exclusion software is one that has been sounded as the number of at-risk gamblers within the UK appears to be on the rise, with existing self-exclusion processes often struggling to meet demands.