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Gambling Commission lifts Genesis licence suspension

| By Daniel O'Boyle
The Gambling Commission has lifted its suspension of Genesis Global’s remote operating licence, but will continue its review of the operator's internal processes.
Gross gambling revenue in Great Britain dropped by 13.6% month-on-month in June, new figures from the Gambling Commission show, as almost all types of gambling experienced a significant decline.

The regulator indefinitely suspended Genesis’ licence in July, as it reviewed its operating activities. However, the operator was quick to announce that it would “vigorously” appeal the decision. 

As a result Genesis was forced to stop operating in the market, and temporarily cease activity across 12 domains, including Genesis Casino, Casino Cruise and Casino Gods.

It may now accept customers across all brands once again, following the lifting of the suspension.

The Commission cited sections 116(2)(a) and 116(2)(c)(i) of the Gambling Act when launching its review of Genesis’ activities. 

Section 116(2)(a) says the regulator may commence such a review if “activities may have been carried on, in purported reliance on the licence but not in accordance with a condition of the licence”.

Section 116(2)(c)(i), meanwhile, says the Commission can conduct a review if it believes a licensee “may be unsuitable to carry on the licensed activities”.

Genesis said the suspension had occurred following a routine compliance assessment from the Commission in July, which it said was similar to previous reviews it had passed without any findings of note.

It therefore claimed that a suspension following the July review was “disproportionate” and also “inconsistent with the Commission’s previous regulatory enforcement action in regard to other operators”.

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