“Get yer head outta the sand!”
Even though the UKGC has mostly good intentions, it is oblivious to the fact that its draconian regulatory methods are killing the industry.
This past year we saw the panic. Affiliate programs making affiliates jump through hoops in order to continue advertising – many of the changes affiliates had to make seemed to have been conjured up by a nanny state type of thought process. Gone are the days of players doing their own due diligence, now it’s up to the casinos and their advertisers. Taking the responsibility from the player and placing it into the lap of the casinos is a bad move in my opinion.
Now don’t get me wrong, some of the new regs are good – in fact at Casinomeister we have always ensured that our Accredited casinos had policies in place to deal with problem gambling. Making changes on our website was not difficult at all.
But there are loads of webmaster affiliates that are not going to bother with the draconian regs and will focus on black market or unregulated casinos. The UKGC has never publicly addressed this dilemma. Many of these black market casinos willfully and enthusiastically accept UK players many of whom have no idea that those casinos are not regulated by the UKGC. The UKGC needs to pull its head out of the sand and take a look at how some other regulators are dealing with their licensees – like Kahnawake for example. They have loads of experience under their belts that the UKGC could benefit from.
Head in the Sand Historical Awards
Head in the Sand Award 2017 – Affiliates not UKGC compliant
Head in the Sand Award 2016 – Betsoft
Head in the Sand Award 2015 – the “Bonus Beaters”, the “Bonus Whores”
Head in the Sand Award 2014 – Oblivious Players
Head in the Sand Award 2013 – Naive Affiliates
Head in the Sand Award 2012 – Lazy Affiliates
Head in the Sand Award 2011 – Casino Operator Bonus Pimps
Head in the Sand Award 2010 – Lotteries and Gaming Authority
Head in the Sand Award 2009 – Affiliates and Affiliate Managers
Head in the Sand Award 2008 – Hypocritical US Politicians
Head in the Sand Award 2007 – Players who Patronize the Rogues
Head in the Sand Award 2006 – The Entire Online Casino Industry
Head in the Sand Award 2005 – iGlobalMedia
Head in the Sand Award 2005 Runner Up – Chartwell Technologies