Gamesys Tops GambleAware List Of Donations

After figures showed the online operator company donated a total of £ 450,000, Gamesys has topped the list of donations made to business charity GambleAware.

GambleAware announced that it had received a total of £2,286,000 in donations from the industry, not taking regulatory settlements into account, by releasing its industry donation figures for 1 April to 30 September 2020.

With a £134,000 donation, Betway was the second highest donor for the time , followed by Petfre (Gibraltar) Limited, Betfred’s operating company, which donated £61,840.

UK licencing standards stipulate that all licence holders should directly contribute 0.1 percent of their annual Gross Gambling Yield (GGY) 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, the donor list consists of UK licenced operators and suppliers.

The list of highest donors was also made by 888 Holdings, having donated £ 50,000 over the six-month period.

During Q1 and Q2, GambleAware received a number of pledges in addition to its donations. For 2020/21, William Hill vowed to donate £1.04 million, followed by Praesepe Holdings Ltd, Microgaming’s parent company, which promised £85,500.

During the time from April to September, Praesepe Holdings also made a £28,000 donation, taking its overall contribution for 2020/21 to £110,500 to date.

The charity has collected £8,8 million in regulatory settlements from William Hill and Betway from April to September.

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 £ 3 million penalty after the operator “failed to have effective procedures to aimed at preventing harm and money laundering’.

In the meantime, Betway was forced to pay £ 5.8 million instead of a financial penalty aimed at delivering the  ‘National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms’.