From today, new licensing regulations from the Gambling Commission were supposed to come into force.
However, recent developments have now pushed back this date to 1st November 2014.
From then, any operators who want to advertise or transact with players in the UK must have an operating licence from the Gambling Commission.
Not all sites are keen on doing this, and it seems Microgaming is already suffering from the effects.
The changes have already seen 4 Microgaming bingo brands to stop advertising to, and accepting, players from the UK. Microgaming is an operator that requires them to apply for their own license, but these 4 sites decided not to apply for one.
They state: “Due to recent regulation in the UK, all brands that are marketed through the Fortune Affiliates Program will no longer be acquiring nor retaining players from this region.”
Therefore the number of Microgaming bingo brands has decreased significantly – however, Betway Bingo, Butlers Bingo, Dotty Bingo and Glossy Bingo are just some of the sites to survive (at the moment.)
So we suggest getting in as much play on Microgaming sites as possible at the moment, as we don’t know what the future holds for sites in light of the changes in licensing laws!