I am a programmer in England, and am potentially interested in one day working to open a licensed online casino.
I have several ideas about products I would like to work on, but am a bit confused as to the reach of s(41) of the Gambling Act 2005. This section reads:
A person commits an offence if in the course of a business he manufactures, supplies, installs or adapts gambling software unless he acts in accordance with an operating licence.
Meanwhile, "gambling software" is merely defined as:
computer software for use in connection with remote gambling.
In the Gambling Commission's guidance, they say:
The activities of manufacturing and adapting are similar and relatively straight forward in that both activities involve developing gambling software to produce a finalised (or almost finalised) product [...]
If I as an individual (not a business) were to prototype software ideas I have, one day seeking to use them in a licensed/published operation, would this be a violation of the Act? Such prototypes for idea purposes would not be set up to accept actual money.
In other words, would my intention to adapt the software in the future to work with real-cash (once I have the funds to get relevant licensing) prohibit me from manufacturing a simulated version of what I would like to produce?