In a remarkable development, Allwyn, the worldwide recognized operator, has won a legal battle for the UK National Lottery license. The license was granted to Allwyn by the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) in 2021, however the decision was met with lawsuits from International Game Technology (IGT). After a protracted legal battle, the High Court finally found in favor of the UKGC, effectively ending IGT’s claim for damages.
Allwyn obtained the coveted license to operate the UK National Lottery in 2021, marking a significant milestone for the operator. However, the ruling was challenged in court by IGT, a multinational gambling solutions supplier. IGT first sued the UKGC, but the case was dismissed in September of the same year.
Despite the loss, IGT continued and filed a second lawsuit, this time seeking compensation for the licensing decision. Nonetheless, their efforts were for naught as the High Court ruled against IGT, ruling that the corporation lacked legal authority to prosecute the lawsuit against the UKGC.
The new judgement by the High Court is a watershed moment in the lengthy and heated legal battle. The court backed with the UKGC’s decision, putting an end to IGT’s litigation for the fourth National Lottery license. Should IGT chose to contest the verdict further, the potential of an appeal remains available.
Meanwhile, IGT has been busy with other projects in the midst of the legal battle. Totalizator Sportowy, the organiser of the Polish national lottery, has announced a cooperation with the company. This agreement will see IGT’s innovative cloud-based solutions used to upgrade the operator’s iGaming platform.
The UK Gambling Commission issued a statement in response to the High Court judgement, reiterating their commitment to holding a fair and rigorous competition for the National Lottery license. The Commission stands behind its appraisal procedure, claiming that it was conducted legally and in compliance with its legislative obligations.
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