The UK Gambling Commission has suspended In Touch Games’ license for repeated regulatory breaches. [Image: Shutterstock.com]
Gambling Commission announces suspension
The UK Gambling Commission announced a suspension of In Touch Games Limited’s gambling license on Friday. The suspension will remain in force pending the Commission’s review under Section 116 of the Gambling Act 2005.
While the investigation is ongoing, players can still withdraw funds from the websites operated by In Touch Games. However, users of these websites cannot make deposits, play games or place bets while the licenses are suspended.
Websites affected by the ban include:
What is the Commission investigating?
The Commission states that the investigation was prompted by “concerns” about possible violations of the Gambling Act and that In Touch Games “may be unfit to continue licensed activities”.
Money laundering, “fair and transparent” terms and practices, and reporting violations
More accurate, says the Gambling Commission that “there is a suspicion” that the violations of the regulations are related to money laundering, “fair and transparent” terms and practices, and reporting violations.
This isn’t the first time the Gambling Commission has held In Touch Games responsible for similar violations.
Quite a story
In two of these areas, In Touch Games has had multiple issues and has been fined £11,800,000 ($14,804,000) over five years.
In 2019 the company became paid severance pay of £2,200,000 ($2,760,000) for “business negligence” which included weak anti-money laundering practices and failure to protect consumers “from harm from gambling”.
The company ran into trouble again in 2021, paying £3,400,000 ($4,266,000) for one Eight-point list It was again about violations of money laundering, social responsibility and “fair and transparent conditions and practices”.
The Gambling Commission charged the company an additional £6,100,000 ($7,653,000).
Then, in January of this year, In Touch Games was fined for the third time. The Gambling Commission charged the company an additional £6,100,000 ($7,653,000). Once again, In Touch Games’ violations fell into three well-known areas: failures to combat money laundering, social responsibility, and fair and transparent terms and practices.
So it’s not surprising that this month’s announcement features two of those areas in the list of violations. Perhaps the fourth time will be the charm.