The gambling regulator of Great Britain; Gambling Commission, has today announced that it has suspended the licenses of two betting and gaming firms effective immediately for failing to integrate the UK’s gambling self exclusion scheme; GamStop.
GamStop is a sign up service that lets players put controls in place to help restrict online gambling activities by preventing use of gambling websites and apps run by companies licensed in Great Britain, for a period of choosing. The service is free and available for consumers resident within the United Kingdom.
The suspension comes after the two operators; Prophet and Sportito failing to implement the measures despite being pre-warned about the introduction some three months ago.
Neil McArthur of the Gambling Commission said:
“We have made it clear to operators that we are ready and willing to use our powers to protect consumers, as this action demonstrates. Self-exclusion is an important tool to protect vulnerable consumers, which is why we made it compulsory for all online operators to be signed up to GAMSTOP by 31st March.”
McArthur continued to expand on the need to take action when compliance is ignored and that suspensions are temporary until the necessary measures are adhered to:
“We took action because the operators had not complied by the deadline, which placed vulnerable consumers at risk. One of the suspensions has now been lifted as the operator is now compliant. Our investigations into both operators continue.”
Sportito has now integrated the self-exclusion scheme after having its license suspended. Sportito is a Daily Fantasy Sports platform that was launched in 2016 and offers the chance for players to win real cash prizes every day with competitions available such as Premier League, Championship, Bundesliga, La Liga and World Cup among others.