Covid-19 and gambling’s shifting regulatory sands

The lockdowns caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, with land-based gaming all but shut down around the world, are commonly assumed to have encouraged further channel shift. But is this actually the case and are regulators in danger of reacting pre-emptively to an influx that didn’t occur? Scott Longley reports

If one word covers the gambling regulatory response to the Covid-19 pandemic lockdowns in a selection of European jurisdictions it would appear to be panic. From the extreme of Latvia, which banned online gambling altogether, through to ad bans, bonus restrictions, deposit limits and other measures and controls imposed in Spain, Belgium, the UK, Portugal…

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