The Court of Appeal in England and Wales has accepted IGT’s request to withdraw its appeal against a High Court decision regarding damages against the Gambling Commission. This comes after the UK High Court ruled in July to dismiss IGT’s legal claims for damages following the awarding of the Fourth National Lottery license to Allwyn. Despite initially seeking permission to appeal, IGT has now been granted its request to discontinue the appeal.
The legal dispute surrounding the awarding of the Fourth License has been ongoing since early 2022, when Allwyn was chosen as the preferred applicant, prompting a legal response from Camelot, who was partnered with IGT at the time. It is worth noting that Allwyn has since acquired Camelot.
In a statement, the Gambling Commission affirmed their commitment to conducting a fair and lawful selection process and noted their focus on implementing the decision for the benefit of participants and good causes. The granting of the Fourth National Lottery License is scheduled for February 1, 2024.
In addition, the Gambling Commission has imposed a £6m ($7.6m) fine on online gaming operator Gamesys due to failures in social responsibility and anti-money laundering measures.