Published on November 26, 2013 in Industry News

The UK's new sports minister, Helen Grant, has announced that IP blocking for online casino operators who are not licensed in the United Kingdom is considered. This came during the second reading of the UK's new Gambling Bill, which sets forth new online gambling regulations related to advertising and licensing.

Many members of the UK's online gaming community have expressed concern over the bill, which would impose new online gambling regulations, requiring casinos to obtain licensing from the UK Gambling Commission in order to advertise their services and/or accept bets from UK residents.

Grant indicated that she had “not ruled out IP blocking,” for operators who are not licensed with the Gambling Commission, although she did acknowledge that attempts to impose IP blocking in other industries was only moderately successful with so-called “mixed results”.

Grant also said that she and other officials are continuing talks with the UK's online gaming venues. The UK is also considering taxation at a rate of 15%.

These online gambling regulations could be implemented as soon as May 1, 2014, if it receives approval from the House of Lords, followed by Royal Ascent.

Notably, Helen Grant only recently assumed this position as the minister of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport; it was a position that was previously held by Hugh Robertson.