The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has announced a package of stringent measures that will strengthen protection and control for those who play online slots, including the imposition of restrictions on the speed of rotation and a permanent ban on features that speed up the game or mark losses as winnings.
In consultation with the public and gamblers, the gambling industry and other stakeholders, operators will need to implement tough new player protection measures that will make online casino gaming less intense, safer in design and give players more control over their gambling.
The Commission has focused on online slots because of their features that increase the intensity of the game and the associated risks for players. The new rules include a complete ban on four key features of online slots:
- Functions that speed up the game or create the illusion of control over the outcome.
- The rotation speed of the slot machine exceeds 2.5 seconds.
- Autoplay – what can cause players to lose control of their game.
- Sounds or images that create the illusion of winning when the profit is actually equal to or less than the stake.
In addition, operators must clearly display to the player his total losses or wins, as well as the time spent at the online slot.
Along with the changes affecting online slots, the Commission also introduced a permanent ban on reverse withdrawals for all online gambling – this feature previously allowed consumers to re-play with money they had previously requested to withdraw.
Stronger protections announced by the UK Gambling Commission to be fully implemented by online operators by 31 October 2021.
Neil MacArthur, executive director of the UK Gambling Commission, said:
“To make online gaming safer, we are banning features that speed up the game or create the illusion of control over the outcome. We are also introducing a ban on automatic play, losses disguised as winnings, and slot rotation speeds above 2.5 seconds. Evidence shows that these features increase the risk of harm to customers. “
Previously, we reported, that the UKGC has banned the use of credit cards as payment for gambling through e-wallets.