GambleAware has reported that when the charity released its donation figures from April 1 to September 20, 2020, it collected a total of £ 2.28 m in donations from the sector, not taking into account regulatory settlements.
UK licencing standards stipulate that all licence holders should explicitly contribute 0.1 percent of their annual gross gambling yield to GambleAware, requiring those with an annual gross gambling income of less than £250,000 a year to donate a minimum of £ 250.
The funds are used by the charity to help create programmes aimed at preventing and managing problem gambling in the sector. In addition to donations in the form of unclaimed winnings, dormant accounts and other funds, its donor list consists of UK licenced operators and suppliers.
Online gaming operator Gamesys topped the list with figures showing that a total of £450,000 was donated by the group , followed by Betway with a £134,000 donation and Petfre (Gibraltar) Limited, Betfred’s operating company, which donated £61,840.
In addition, 888 Holdings have made the list of top contributors, donating £50,000 over the six-month period, with other notable inclusions have coming from Apricot Investments (£40,000), Videoslots (£30,000), Praesepe Holdings (£28,000), Casumo (£27,446), and Inspired Gaming Group (£25,000), operated by Microgaming.
In addition to its donations, during Q1 and Q2, GambleAware also received a series of pledges. For 2020/21, William Hill decided to contribute £1.04 million, followed by Praesepe, which pledged £85,500.
The charity has collected £8.8 m in regulatory settlements from William Hill and Betway during the April to September reporting period.
As part of the Gambling Commission’s targeted inquiry into online casinos, William Hill’s Mr Green division was penalised, with the commission imposing a £ 3m penalty after the operator ‘failed to provide adequate procedures aimed at preventing damage and money laundering.’
In the meantime, Betway was forced to pay £ 5.8 million in lieu of a financial penalty aimed at enforcing the National Gambling Harms Mitigation Plan.