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UKGC imposes new safeguards for slot players

By Gavin Dank - Contributor
2 weeks ago

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has closed its public consultation on online slot design and in-game features. Launched in July, the main goal of the initiative was to gather opinions on how to make slot games safer for the general public.

The analysis was primarily focused on characteristics related to the speed of play and frequency of betting opportunities, as well as factors that may increase players’ risk to gambling harms.

UKGC explained in a statement: “Our interest in online slots is because it is the largest online gambling product by gross gambling yield – played by relatively few but with a high average spend. Structurally it has a number of features that can be combined to significantly increase the intensity of play.”

New restrictions for slot games

In April 2020, the regulatory authority issued its 2020/2021 Business Plan and announced a special code for game design. All licensees will have to comply with new obligatory safety functionalities when designing their slot games.

These include the minimum speed per spin, removal of game settings which may encourage intensive play (slam stops and turbo buttons), prohibiting split-screen slots, etc. Furthermore, the Betting and Gaming Council Testing Lab will be established to look extensively into other aspects of slot games.