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    31/01/2024
    Bulgaria

    Anticipated changes in Bulgaria's legal landscape: Implementation of the Digital Services Act

    The Bulgarian Council of Ministers has unveiled a draft proposal amending the Electronic Communications Act, aiming to implement the provisions of Regulation (EU) 2022/2065. Enacted by the European Parliament and the Council on 19 October 2022, this regulation, commonly known as the Digital Services Act (DSA), pertains to the establishment of a Single Market for Digital Services.BackgroundThe DSA aims to harmonise regulations for intermediary services in the information society, introducing tailored measures based on their size, impact, and potential risks. To ensure compliance and the effective...
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    29/01/2024
    United Kingdom

    Gambling White Paper Consultations: Consumer-led tools

    On the 29 November 2023, the Gambling Commission (“GC”) released its second set of consultations on the Gambling White Paper which covers five key areas: Socially responsible incentivesCustomer-led toolsImproved transparency on customer funds in the event of insolvencyChanges to the frequency of regulatory returns submissionsRemoving obsolete GC requirements due to the government’s upcoming statutory levy (LCCP RET list)This article focuses on customer-led tools.Customer-led toolsA substantial part of the government’s White Paper focused on its aim...
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    29/01/2024
    United Kingdom

    Gambling White Paper: Socially responsible incentives

    On the 29 November 2023, the Gambling Commission (“GC”) released its second set of consultations on the Gambling White Paper which covers five key areas:Socially responsible incentivesCustomer-led toolsImproved transparency on customer funds in the event of insolvencyChanges to the frequency of regulatory returns submissionsRemoving obsolete Commission requirements due to the government’s upcoming statutory levy (LCCP RET list)This note focuses on socially responsible incentives. BackgroundThe White Paper highlighted that a key aim for the government is “to reduce the...
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    24/01/2024
    United Kingdom

    Upheld – ASA Ruling on Buzz Group LTD

    In the latest example of the new strong appeal rules in action, on 3 January 2024 the ASA issued a ruling which was upheld concerning a post on Buzz Group Ltd’s (“Buzz Group”) Facebook page (the “ad”).On 1 October 2022, a new gambling advertising rule was introduced (a summary of which can be read here) which strengthened the obligations on gambling operators to ensure the content of their ads is not appealing to under 18s, especially by reflecting or being associated with youth culture. At the time, questions were raised as to what a “strong appeal” really...
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    24/01/2024
    United Kingdom

    Esports Winter, Player Salary Caps and Online Toxicity: Unpacking ESI London 2023

    CMS was one of a few law firms learning more about the ever-developing esports and gaming industry at the ESI London 2023 conference. CMS attendees Andrew Wilson, Chloe Day and Sarojah Sathivelu were able to hear from many of the leading names in the industry, hearing from the likes of national esports federations, academics, and big gaming companies alike. See their takeaways below.THE ESPORTS WINTEROne topic which pervaded many of the discussions at ESI London was the so-called ‘esports winter’:  the widely used industry term for the struggles faced by esports organisations around...
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    18/01/2024
    United Kingdom

    Mecca Bingo faces criticism over Instagram ad implying gambling boosts self-esteem

    Mecca Bingo has recently found itself in hot water following a complaint about one of its Instagram ads (“the ad”). The Advertising Standards Authority (“ASA”) upheld the complaint, asserting that the ad, featuring celebrity drag queen Baga Chipz, implied that gambling could enhance an individual's self-image or self-esteem.The ad and the issueThe ad in question, seen on 16 August 2023, showcased two images of Baga Chipz side by side, with a clear contrast between the two. The left image depicted a subdued Baga, dressed in plain, dark clothes with no makeup, while the right...
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