Two days after an article in the Sunday Times called out gaming group 1xBet, the site has closed its UK-facing brand amid allegations of shady betting activities offered by the group.
The move comes after the report revealed that 1xBet's products in other markets included wagering on youth sports, cockfighting, and advertising on file sharing groups. 1xBet may have crossed the line though with the allegation that they were offering a topless casino, which had half-naked dealers. The company also reportedly had nude cartoon characters on ads that linked back to the group's UK site.
1xBet has claimed that the rule breaches were due to third-party networks and partners and not directly the result of their actions. The UK Gambling Commission has launched a probe into the group's activities, but in the meantime, the operator has shuttered their site while the investigation is ongoing.
No comment from 1xBet was available as of press time.