Earlier this month on the 7th May, new rules and regulations were introduced by the Gambling Commission which sees the compulsory introduction of age and identity verification checks, prior to allowing players to deposit at an iGaming site.
Up until the 7th May, the Know Your Customer process employed by iGaming operators in the main took place when a player enacted a withdrawal for the first time. However, the new rules brought in by the Gambling Commission, means that the ‘Know Your Customer’ process has to be completed prior to a player being able to deposit or receive and promotional bonus on offer.
The new rules which were first announced back in March earlier this year, are another further solution to help combat under age gambling, according to the UKGC.
With their Chief Executive, Neil McArthur speaking at the time when the changes were first announced, commenting: “These changes will protect children and the vulnerable from gambling-related harm, and reduce the risk of crime linked to gambling. They will also make gambling fairer by helping consumers collect their winnings without unnecessary delay.”
“Britain’s online gambling market is the largest regulated market in the world and we want to make sure it is the safest and the fairest. Today’s changes follow our review of online gambling and our ongoing widespread regulatory action into the online sector. We will keep using our powers to raise standards for consumers.”
Meanwhile, Wes Himes, commenting in his position as Chief Executive of the Remote Gaming Association, on the morning of the 7th May when the new rules and regulations came into force, said: “The new identity verification rules will create greater assurance for the customers who frequent our operators and go further in protecting against underage access to sites.”
“We would also call upon the government and Gambling Commission to accelerate work in areas like digital identity so the weaknesses in the current system do not push customers to unregulated offerings.”
Other changes that have come about covers the role of free playing slot and table games. With the Gambling Commission asserting that operators must now have in place a solid age verification facility employed for such games.