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Operator Shuts Down The Sun Play

Operator Shuts Down The Sun Play

After the UK Gambling Commission suspended the UK online casino and bingo licenses of the Gibraltar-based operator Nektan in April 2021, one of Nektan’s best-known casinos has closed. The decision to shut down The Sun Play came after the UKGC ruled that Nektan had breached its licence conditions.

The Sun Play has been around since 2015 when it was set up as part of a collaboration with the casino game manufacturer and operator Netkan and News UK. It had proved to be a popular choice with both online bingo and casino fans due to its impressive collection of games. However, things took an unexpected turn when the UKGC suspended Nektan’s licence pending further investigation in April of this year.

The company went into administration the same month, but it managed to sell its online brands to Grace Media who are currently undertaking KYC (Know Your Customer) checks across its portfolio to ensure that it complies with UK gambling laws and social responsibility obligations.

Earlier this week, news broke that The Sun Play had closed down. Nektan is hopeful that it has taken sufficient steps to protects its players’ funds, but this is not guaranteed.

What about other Sun brands like Sun Bingo?

Other online gaming sites that trade under The Sun brand are unaffected by the closure of The Sun Play due to them being run by different operators.

The Sun Bingo, for example, operates on the Virtue Fusion network where it continues to offer an exciting range of online bingo games, as well as Sun exclusive titles like Mystic Meg and The Sun Winning Headlines.

The Sun Vegas also remains open for business, and like The Sun Bingo, it also uses Playtech’s Virtue Fusion software. It does not, however, offer online bingo games.

Why was Nektan’s licence suspended?

According to the UKGC, the operator is suspected of breaching one or more of the conditions specified in section 120(1) of the Gambling Act 2005. The conditions include failing to cooperate with a UKGC review and being deemed “unsuitable to carry on the licensed activities”.

At the time that the licence suspension took effect (27th April 2021), the Gambling Commission made it illegal for Nektan to continue offering its services to UK customers. However, it also stated that the operator must continue to engage with its customers and continue paying out winnings.

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