The UK Gambling Commission is widely considered to be one of the world’s foremost experts on gambling regulation. The Commission was established under the UK Gaming Act of 2005, and since then has become a trusted regulator and one of the strictest in global gaming industries. The company is tasked with the overseeing and regulation of all commercial gambling that takes place in Great Britain. It works alongside various local licensing authorities to fulfil these responsibilities. The UKGC’s work is funded through fees that are paid by organisations and individuals that hold valid UK gambling licenses.
Gambling is legal in Britain. The UKGC’s primary aims are to promote healthy public engagement and effective gaming regulation to ensure that British gambling remains fair, safe, free of crime, and properly protected from unwanted elements. The Commission also seeks to ensure that vulnerable populations, children and problem gamblers are adequately protected, and that National Lottery proceeds are forwarded to charitable causes wherever possible. The UKGC regulates arcades, Bingo, casinos, sports betting platforms, gambling software, lottery games, and gaming machines throughout the United Kingdom, and also issues licenses to local operators of these products.