About gambling software
What is gambling software?
Gambling software is defined by the Gambling Act 2005 as
computer software that is used in connection with
remote gambling (including
online gambling) but does not include anything for use solely in
connection with a gaming machine.
The Commission has published a note entitled
gambling software? to provide information
- the definition of gambling software
- when a licence will be required
- additional licences gambling software businesses may need
- technical standards.
If you are unsure whether the software you are manufacturing,
supplying, installing, or adapting is gambling software, you should
take legal advice to help make the assessment.
All gambling software (eg a slots game) must meet the Gambling
remote gambling and software technical standards if it is
made available to customers via for example, an online casino in
reliance on a Gambling Commission operating licence. The
gambling software must be tested in accordance with the testing
strategy prior to the game being made available for use.
However, if the gambling software (for
example, a slots game) is only ever supplied to operators
licensed in other jurisdicitons it does not need to comply with the
gambling and software technical standards.Instead it must meet
the technical and testing requirements of the jurisdiction it will
be made available to players from.
More information about the gambling industry
is available in our industry statistics.
Transitional provisions: Gambling (Licensing and Advertising
The Commission has identified that there is a significant
difference in respect of the requirement on auto-play functionality
between the Commission’s RTS and the technical standards in other
jurisdictions from where operators can currently legally operate in
the British market.
We have considered this position and as a result we will not
require compliance with the auto-play requirement as set out in the
RTS from the date that licences are issued. Therefore operators
will not have to make changes to the auto-play functionality of
their games until further notice. Information on this has been
provided in the online gambling FAQs
Page last reviewed: June