UKGC prohibits Auto Play on Slots

UKGC prohibits Auto Play on Slots. The United Kingdom Gambling Commission released today a new set of rules for operators. These rules are added to all operators in the UK and must be implemented by operators within 31. October 2021. 

Following have to be removed from slots;

  • Features that speed up play or give the illusion of control over the outcome
  • Slot spin speeds faster than 2.5 seconds
  • Auto-play – which can lead to players losing track of their play, and;
  • Sounds or imagery which give the illusion of a win when the return is in fact equal to, or below, a stake

Also implemented are these rules;

  • Operators must clearly display to the player their total losses or wins and time played during any online slots session.
  • Alongside the changes for online slots the Commission has also introduced a permanent ban on reverse withdrawals for all online gambling – this function previously allowed consumers to re-gamble money they had previously requested to withdraw.

Link to the UKGC press release here.



Negative reactions on Twitter

After the Gambling Commission announced these changes on Twitter there have been several negative reactions, especially to the ban on Auto-Play.

With an Auto-Play feature you can for example set a slot machine to play 100 Spins with a £1 bet and the critics say its easier to keep track of the spins, winnings and losses when you can use Auto-Play instead of counting the spins yourself.

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