Fans of Feature Buy Slots in the UK may soon be unable to play these titles as the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) appears to be cracking down on games that offer this element.
Feature Buy Slots allow players to buy a bonus round for a particular game, with the cost determined partly by a player’s stake level. A number of popular games in the Big Time Gaming (BTG) and Microgaming stables include this feature, including White Rabbit and Book of Gods, which gave players the ability to buy directly into the bonus round.
But last week there were reports that one Feature Buy game, Money Train, had been removed from online casinos in the UK market, with BTG and Microgaming both rumoured to be in the process of removing their Feature Buy titles from all UK-facing sites, after coming under pressure from the UKGC, which has been increasingly willing to use its regulatory powers in recent months.
Last week, the CEO of UKGC, Neil McArthur, warned gambling operators that they needed to do more in the area of customer protection, and if the regulator has decided to act on Feature Buy games, this could be seen as part of that push to improve standards in this area.
In theory Feature Buy slots allow online players to stake significant sums of money to access a single bonus round. Given the controversy over Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs), which led to the maximum stake on these games being reduced from £100 to £2 after huge political pressure.
At the time of writing, the UKGC have not made a statement confirming any moves against Feature Betting games, but in the current regulatory climate, it would not be a surprise if they had decided to act to cut off what some would see as a potential trigger for problem gambling.
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