International Game Technology (IGT) has withdrawn its appeal against the High Court’s decision in a matter pertaining to the UK Gambling Commission’s (UKGC) National Lottery tender, and the UK Court of Appeal has approved this move.
The legal fight centered around the UKGC’s decision in 2022 to issue the fourth National Lottery license to Allwyn Entertainment, opposing proposals from both Camelot and IGT. After being bought by Allwyn, Camelot, the original operator since 1994, stopped legal proceedings after losing a High Court battle in June.
On the other hand, IGT continued its lawsuit and went to the Court of Appeal to demand damages from the UKGC. With IGT’s recent decision to withdraw its appeal, a bitter legal struggle involving the National Lottery procurement process has come to a conclusion.
Challenges and Legal Battles Concluded
When granting the National Lottery license, the UKGC underlined its dedication to holding a competitive and equitable process. According to a statement from the UKGC, Allwyn Entertainment is scheduled to get the Fourth National Lottery Licence on February 1, 2024.
IGT said in its legal challenge that Article 1 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which requires legal rights for all people, was broken by giving the contract to Allwyn. The business said that the purportedly illegal choice had a negative impact on its image and prevented it from getting similar contracts.
With its resignation from the lawsuit, IGT has put a stop to a contentious and lengthy story involving the National Lottery tender. The UKGC stated that the decision will be implemented for the benefit of players and charitable causes related to the National Lottery, even as it affirmed the impartiality of its review process.
The operator selected for the Fourth National Lottery Licence, Allwyn Entertainment, will manage the opportunities and obligations associated with managing one of the biggest lotteries in the United Kingdom as it moves closer to being officially granted.
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