Playtech Joins the Gambling Business Group

Published October 22, 2014 by Mike P

Playtech Joins the Gambling Business Group

Playtech is the latest member to sign up for the Gambling Business Group, a new UK industry body established in July 2014.

Founded by industry veterans Peter Hannibal and Nick Harding, the Gambling Business Group (GBG) first shared its vision in July. To summarise, GBG intends to provide “a strategic voice” for UK gambling operators and to compliment the functions of existing industry bodies. The latest member to join the 50-strong group is Playtech, a leading global developer of software for the online casino industry. This is a huge coup for GBG, as Playtech employees over 3,400 employees across 12 nations.

Acting on Behalf of UK Operators

GBG CEO Peter Hannibal explained that his organisation would be able to assist Playtech by acting on behalf of the developer in communicating with government leaders and regulatory personnel. Outside of online gambling, GBG assist membership base that consists of casinos, betting offices, bingo halls, and other outlets. A current major issue affecting CBG and its members is the 25% tax on fix-odds betting terminals, which will see many UK high street betting shops close in 2014 and 2015. The addition of Playtech comes as a much-needed boost.

More New CBG Members Coming

Hannibal is delighted that he can now count Playtech among existing members. Plans are currently underway to announce the addition of Playtech alongside a new wave of GBG members at the ICE and EAG industry conferences in 2015. Each new member is required to pay subscription fees proportional to their annual turnover prior to joining CBG.


Playtech delivers a complete online casino experience that encompasses desktop games, mobile games, and live games. The ascent of Playtech has been largely due to the creativity displayed by the developer. Some of the more creative slots include Battle of the Gods and Monty Python’s Life of Brian. However, it would have to be the Playtech slots that most appeal with players. These blockbusting games include Thor, Iron Man, Hulk, and The Avengers.

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