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Commission licence needed by software suppliers

05 December 2014

Software providers across the globe are being reminded that they must apply for a Gambling Commission licence if the businesses they supply are licensed by the Commission.

From 31 March 2015 Commission licensed operators are required to only source gambling software from Commission licensed software businesses.

Software providers are being advised to apply for the relevant licence at the earliest opportunity to avoid potential disruption to business.

A Commission spokesperson said: “Licence applications normally take six weeks to process but can take longer if the application is incomplete or the Commission needs to investigate further. We are therefore advising software providers who need a licence to make their applications as soon as possible and preferably before 31 December 2014.”

Further information on who needs a gambling software licence can be found on the Commission website.

Gambling software is defined in the Gambling Act 2005 as computer software that is used in connection with remote gambling but does not include anything for use solely in connection with a gaming machine. An operator requires a gambling software licence if it manufactures, supplies, installs or adapts gambling software that is used in connection with remote gambling. More information can be found in the Commission’s What is gambling software? June 2014.

Guidance on how to apply for a Commission licence can be found on the Commission’s blog and the associated fees are on the Commission’s website.

Any software provider with any questions about the new licence requirement can contact the Commission on info@gamblingcommission.gov.uk or 0121 230 6666.

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