UKGC Set to Ban the Bonus Buy Feature?

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The UKGC sends out notifications to content suppliers, prompting the removal of bonus buy slots

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Return of Kong Megaways from Blueprint Gaming with the Bonus Buy feature activated

As explained to us by a casino representative, the Gambling Commission has been sending out notifications to game aggregators, requesting the removal of all online slots offering players the option to buy their way directly into the bonus – also known as Feature Pass or Feature Drop.

In practice, this means that Microgaming (Quickfire), as well as SG Digital, both of which are suppliers of Big Time Gaming slots, will be forced to block popular titles such as Extra Chilli, Book of Gods, and White Rabbit for UK players until they are in compliance with UK regulations. Whilst some of the big UK operators, namely Sky and Ladbrokes, took an active decision early on not to make the feature available for players, most other UKGC operators have continued business as usual.

Big Time Gaming, who popularized the bonus buy feature, have stopped implementing it altogether since long, but there are many who still regularly use it. Blueprint Gaming, for example, is probably the most prominent developer when it comes to implementing bonus buy feature. Relax Gaming, Kalamba Gaming, Barcrest, NextGen Gaming, and Yggdrasil Gaming are also known to use it in some of their games.

For some of these providers, we assume, the problem is relatively easily solved by simply deactivating the feature (or they may have two versions of the same game). Other providers, who may have hardcoded the feature into their slots, will be forced to retract the games, make the proper adjustments and then have them audited again, something that takes time and costs money. If the rumors are true, Big Time Gaming may be one of those providers that will have to do it the hard way, although we don’t know for sure at this point in time.

Whether this is the right or wrong way to go in terms of responsible gambling has been heavily debated across many casino communities following the news report. No specific time frame for the removal of the bonus buy feature has been given by the UKGC, but game aggregators have been notified and are expected to take action within reasonable time.

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ragingturtle
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ragingturtle

I’m kind of torn. Don’t like how the ukgc is killing the experience for players with one rule after another and I don’t agree with banning the feature buy, but at the same time, allowing players to GAMBLE the bonus they have bought as you can do in Extra Chilli, that is just cruel.

berliner
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berliner

Wait a minute, there are rules that require casinos to carry out source of wealth checks to make sure players only gamble what they can afford to lose, yet the ukgc feels they have to remove the bonus buy option still? If I want to use my budget to buy bonuses, why can’t I be allowed to do that? How is it that just because some don’t like it, the rest must have their choices taken away from them. This is bullshit. The ukgc are probably sitting there thinking, hmmmm how do we stay relevant. We must come up with… Read more »

scatterhunter
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scatterhunter

I couldnt care less. Imo we should go back to the basics again and get rid of all these extras that tempts you to take bigger risks. The worst of the worst are those games that allows you to gamble a feature you already bought. Crazy!

Dorko
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Dorko

Can’t say I will miss it. Never had a decent win using the feature buy.