IGT, a prominent supplier to the global casino industry, has decided to drop its appeal against the High Court’s decision to stop it from seeking damages from the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC). The legal battle stemmed from the regulator’s selection of Allwyn as the next operator of the National Lottery, which IGT contested, claiming that Camelot’s loss would lead to damages. However, the High Court ruled on July 28, 2023, that IGT did not have legal standing to pursue damages.
After launching an appeal on September 21, IGT ultimately withdrew its appeal and received approval from the Court of Appeal on January 9, 2024. Both IGT and Camelot initially opposed the UKGC’s decision, but Camelot eventually joined forces with Allwyn, whereas IGT has now decided to no longer pursue a claim for damages against the UKGC.
The UKGC maintains that it conducted a fair and robust competition and believed it granted the National Lottery license to the most deserving operator. The regulator is focused on implementing the decision and plans to issue the license on February 1, 2024. The National Lottery, which has raised over £47 billion for good causes since its launch in 1994, plays a significant role in supporting arts, sports, heritage, and communities across the UK.
The UKGC stated that Allwyn is committed to investing in the National Lottery to further its growth, innovate its products, and raise more money for good causes in Britain. The regulator emphasized that it will not be making any further comments on the matter.