Key Points
  • When the fun stops...: Harm Minimisation Best Practice & Treating Problem Gambling
  • Betting on Innovation: Virtual Currencies, Augmented Reality and eSports
  • Developing A New Regulatory Framework: T&C's, Tax and the FOBT Review
Guest of Honour

George Lusty Project Director, Competition and Markets Authority (CMA)

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Overview
Taking place six months on from the launch of the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) inquiry into consumer law compliance in the online gambling sector, and in the context of the Government's Review into Fixed Odds Betting Terminals this event will bring together key stakeholders to discuss and debate the emerging regulatory and commercial opportunities for the UK’s gambling sector.

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When the fun stops...
Harm Minimisation Best Practice & Treating Problem Gambling


Sessions will examine the latest developments in addressing problem gambling and reducing harm. The discussion will include analysis of cross-industry cooperation and the latest development in harm minimisation policies, including looking ahead to the implementation of the multi-operator self-exclusion scheme for remote gambling operators, building on the Player Awareness System (PAS) to better inform customers via alerts and interventions; ensuring staff are fully trained in responsible gambling in the retail environment; and the challenges and opportunities of targeting problem gambling amongst non-account holders.

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Betting on Innovation
Virtual Currencies, Augmented Reality and eSports


Delegates will consider the emerging challenges and opportunities being presented by mobile, AR, social gaming, eSports, and the rise of ‘skin’ gambling; how the UK can position itself to take advantage of emerging commercial opportunities in a responsible and sustainable way; and how current regulatory and licensing frameworks might need to evolve to take account of new forms of gambling, from the virtual fruit machine played in the pub through an AR app to eSports tournaments and match-ups’.

Discussions will focus on the use of virtual currencies and items, including in-game ‘skins’ or virtual goods, in gambling; the challenges of opportunities of protecting young people from being encouraged to bet on video games and virtual matches on games such as Fifa and Counter-Strike; and the next steps in tackling unregulated skin gambling websites.

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Developing A New Regulatory Framework
T&C’s, Tax and the FOBT Review


In the context of Brexit, the revised horse racing levy, and the Gambling Commission’s upcoming enforcement strategy, attendees will examine the challenges and opportunities ahead for the sector's regulatory and tax framework and consider the next steps for developing an agenda which balances growth and jobs with the interests of consumers.

Attendees will examine the CMA’s investigation into consumer law compliance and misleading promotions in the online gambling sector and consider next steps for ensuring promotional materials and conditions help customers make informed choices. Further discussion will focus on the Government’s review of gaming machines and social responsibility measures across the industry including maximum stakes and prizes for FOBTs, the allocation of FOBTs across licensed premises and ensuring children and young people are not exposed to gambling advertising on social media.

Agenda
Start

08:30 - 08:55
Registration, Coffee & Networking

 

08:55 - 09:00
Chair's Opening Remarks

 

09:00 - 10:00
When the Fun Stops... Harm Minimisation Best Practice & Treating Problem Gambling

 
What are the latest developments in addressing problem gambling and reducing harm? What impact will the implementation of the multi-operator self-exclusion scheme have on reducing problem gambling and what are the options for building on other harm minimisation policies such as the Player Awareness System (PAS) to better inform customers via alerts and interventions?
To what extent is staff training on responsible gambling in the retail environment adequate, and how could staff be better supported to intervene and minimise harm?

How can local authorities be better empowered to address problem gambling?
         Who are the trailblazers in partnering with treatment and intervention providers to support those dealing with problem gambling?
To what extent would the Fixed Odd’s Betting Terminals APPG recommendations of £2 maximum stakes, reduced spin speed and greater local authority control, help to reduce harm?



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Stella Dalton Head of Education and Prevention, GamCare

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Guy Parker Chief Executive, Advertising Standards Authority

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Wanda Goldwag Chair and Independent Standards Commissioner, Senet Group

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10:00 - 10:45
Betting on Innovation: Virtual Currencies, Augmented Reality and eSports

 
What are the challenges and opportunities for Government, regulators and industry of emerging technologies in the gambling sector?
To what extent does eSports open up new commercial opportunities for the sector, particularly in tapping into the millennial generation?

To what extent is there an increasing cross-over between gambling and gaming, such as the ‘gamblification’ of video games and ‘skin’ betting, and what options are available to protect young people who may be drawn into gambling activity?

Who are the trailblazers in demonstrating the commercial opportunities of emerging technologies in gambling and betting?

Following the publication of the Gambling Commissions discussion paper on skin gambling, eSports and virtual currencies, what are the challenges and opportunities for regulators to support innovation and provide clarity on emerging tech and forms of gambling?




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Ian Smith Integrity Commissioner, eSports Integrity Coalition

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Melanie Ellis Senior Associate, Harris Hagan

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10:45 - 10:50
Chair's Closing Remarks

 

10:50 - 11:10
Refreshment Break

 

11:10 - 11:15
Chair's Opening Remarks

 

11:15 - 11:45
Consumer Protection in the Gambling Industry

 

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George Lusty Project Director, Competition and Markets Authority (CMA)

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11:45 - 12:00
Priorities for Regulation and Enforcement

 

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Ian Angus Senior Manager, Gambling Commission

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12:00 - 12:55
Developing a New Regulatory Framework: T&C’s, Tax and the FOBT Review

 
How will Brexit impact the gambling sector in the UK, and in particular Gibraltar’s status as a leading betting and gaming jurisdiction?
In light of the Government’s review into Gaming Machines and Social Responsibility, what is the latest thinking on developing a regulatory framework which balances industry growth and its contribution to the economy with the needs of consumers and communities?
How is the online gambling sector preparing for the introduction of the Horse Racing Right and what are the challenges and opportunities of building a tax regime which supports consumers, the gambling industry and sport?
With the Competition and Markets Authority expanding their inquiry to cover sports betting as well as online gambling, what are the challenges and opportunities for ensuring terms & conditions are fair and transparent, and that promotional offers are presented as clear propositions to consumers?
With 16% of 11-15 year olds having gambled with their own money, what is the latest thinking on protecting young people from gambling advertising?


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Peter Howitt Chief Executive Officer, Gibraltar Betting and Gaming Association

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Ian Angus Senior Manager, Gambling Commission

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12:55 - 13:00
Chair's Closing Remarks

 

End

Speakers

Ian Angus Senior Manager, Gambling Commission

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Stella Dalton Head of Education and Prevention, GamCare

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Melanie Ellis Senior Associate, Harris Hagan

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Wanda Goldwag Chair and Independent Standards Commissioner, Senet Group

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Peter Howitt Chief Executive Officer, Gibraltar Betting and Gaming Association

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George Lusty Project Director, Competition and Markets Authority (CMA)

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Guy Parker Chief Executive, Advertising Standards Authority

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Ian Smith Integrity Commissioner, eSports Integrity Coalition

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Supporters & Contributors

CPD Certified

eSports Integrity Coalition

GamCare


Venue details

Central London


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