The gambling world in the UK has been booming for a good 15 years now. The firing gun on this revolution was fired by the 2005 Gambling Act, which massively liberalised the UK’s aged and restrictive gambling laws.
Oldies like me will remember the gambling world before then as one almost entirely based around drab book-makers shops and fruit machines in pubs.
That act changed everything. But its reign is about to come to an end.
There is big pressure on for changes in the law around gambling. That’s because at the same time as the law was liberalised a parallel revolution was happening in the explosion in internet access, both in speed and accessibility.
Put it all together and you get a situation wherein 2021 gambling businesses are amongst the highest-earning in the UK and certainly the most high profile, linked to almost every top football team and dominating TV advertising.
Change is on the way. But what might it mean for the future of UK slots?
Let’s have a look.
1 – UK slots are already heavily regulated and players are protected
The UK is a regulated gambling environment. That doesn’t mean that it is regulated enough, or too much, or that the regulation is well run or well written. But it does exist, and it is illegal for anyone to offer gambling games to anyone in the UK without a licence from the UK Gambling Commission.
That gives players at least some protections against bad practice. And it has also introduced some further safeguards for UK players.
2 – In the UK you can’t buy a feature any more
One way slots companies up the stakes for players is a quite simple deal – give us a load of money and we’ll give you a bonus feature! Pretty simple right?! In fact, you might actually argue that it is a better deal than gambling to try to win a feature.
Some such features simply reduce the odds against winning a feature and others offer a simple cash-for-feature deal.
However, the UK Gambling Commission doesn’t like this, as this rule explains: