Developing the Gambling Commission’s global role
Posted 22 November 2022 by Jamie Wall
With the globalised gambling market constantly evolving, we have recognised that to best meet the current market challenges, as a gambling regulator we must also evolve and do things differently in the way we regulate.
(Pictured: Jamie Wall (end right) and Andrew Rhodes (fourth from right) on a European Roundtable with French, German, Spanish, Portuguese gambling regulators in November 2022)
As part of that, and due to the nature of the modern gambling market, we work closely with foreign regulators to meet our statutory objectives. These global relations allow us to:
- work closely with other regulators in relation to crime and disorder to ensure that action is taken against unlicensed and novel product operators in foreign jurisdictions
- seek to standardise technical, security and data requirements to create harmony amongst different jurisdictions
- protect children and the vulnerable by sharing and collaborating on research and best practice to learn from one and another to better protect consumers.
We have sought to evolve to meet the challenges of a changing market. From the ‘Point of Consumption’ changes in 2014, to recognising that we needed to build closer ties with the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) and the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) amongst others. Working with other jurisdictions is the next step in dealing with different challenges that are emerging.
Expanding our international reach
As part of our continuous improvement drive, we are taking an increasingly active role on the international stage. This includes working with other regulators, governments, and law enforcement agencies to share best practice and take collaborative action on a range of activities.
With the digital landscape continuously changing the way people gamble, and the ways in which operators promote gambling, we know that operators are now often holding licenses across multiple jurisdictions and continents. Whilst historically we have always had close relationships with the more mature gambling regulators, we are now building further on these ties, whilst also forming new relationships within other emerging markets to ensure we can obtain and share a clearer picture of issues, trends and innovations.
We’ve taken a number of steps to expand our international reach, including:
- the creation of a new International Lead role within the Commission which I am proud to now hold and have the opportunity to shape and develop. This will focus on ensuring that the Commission’s priorities internationally are ingrained within our corporate strategy and objectives
- becoming more heavily involved in regulatory events on a global scale – from roundtables with likeminded jurisdictions, to our chief executive, Andrew Rhodes, recently delivering a speech at the 2022 International Association of Gaming Regulators 2022 conference
- increasing two-way communication by signing more memorandum of understandings with other regulators, whilst also sharing data, best practices and enforcement information
- collaborating with other regulators bilaterally on issues that are cross-jurisdictional to see tangible outcomes of our work.
These steps, along with working closely with the Institute of Regulation and our fellow domestic and international members, which you can read more about in our previous blog, will raise standards and share best practice.
Moving into the future
We look forward to sharing more of the Commission’s work in this area along with collaborative action we are taking with fellow regulators. Expect to see more details of conferences and workshops we have been involved with, along with how international best practice is affecting the way we regulate. Watch this space!
About the author
Jamie Wall has worked at the Commission for over seven years. He joined as a graduate intern before holding a number of roles within our Insight, Strategy and Policy departments - where he is now the Commission’s Senior Manager for International Regulatory Partnerships.