Social Responsibility

GamStop suggests punters self-exclude during lockdown

As the gambling industry is continuing to adapt to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, GamStop has urged people to ‘exclude themselves from all online gambling websites’ if they are worried about their betting habits. The national online self-exclusion initiative believes that self-excluding during the lockdown can limit the risk of problem gambling. Fiona Palmer, Chief executive of GamStop, said: “We are …

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UKGC underlines full commitment to ‘making gambling safer’

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has upped its commitment to reducing gambling-related harm in 2020, placing particular emphasis upon the online gambling sector. Publishing its ‘2020/21 Business Plan‘, the UKGC outlined five strategic priorities which will be ‘centred around making gambling safer’. The regulator highlighted the need for improved consumer protection, prevention of harm, improvements to the way the UKGC …

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Danish lockdown sees Spillemyndigheden relaunch gambling-harm campaigns 

Spillemyndigheden, Denmark’s gambling regulatory authority, has announced that it will increase the exposure of its ‘StopSpillet’ helpline and ‘ROFUS’ self-exclusion scheme during the national lockdown. Despite recording one of Europe’s lowest number of COVID-19 cases (2,600) and related deaths (77), the Danish government has enforced the strictest of lockdowns to protect citizens from the virus.  With national consumers facing a …

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GVC ups responsible gambling measures to support BGC call of duty

GVC Holdings has underlined its support for the Betting and Gaming Council’s (BGC) ‘coordinated approach’ to provide consumers with the safest gambling environments during the current Covid-19 pandemic and beyond.  The FTSE250 betting group has emphasised the need for greater responsibility during a period in which a ‘quarter of the global population in some form of lock-down’. This could lead …

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GambleAware calls for improved age-screening tools to reduce problem gambling

Research commissioned by industry charity GambleAware has led to a number of recommendations as to how operators can reduce the risk of gambling-related harms. The programme of research was conducted by two separate consortia, led by Ipsos MORI and the Institute for Social Marketing at the University of Stirling. The research found that ‘regular exposure to gambling promotions can change …

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Tokyo Olympics postponed until ‘no later than summer 2021’

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzō Abe and The International Olympic Committee (IOC) have confirmed that the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will be postponed to a later date due to the increasing spread of COVID-19. The emergency conference call between Shinzō Abe and IOC’s president Thomas Bach mentioned that given the Olympics worldwide appeal and fanbase, the decision was made to postpone …

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GameScorekeeper launches age verification system

With the aim of minimising the risk of gambling on events with a majority of under-age participants, GameScorekeeper has created a new age verification system. Launching the system, GameScorekeeper highlighted a number of esports athletes that are under-18. The esports betting supplier emphasised that more betting operators need to comply with regulations concerning the age of professional gamers. Felix Klastrup, …

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COVID-19: GRH APPG calls for £50 daily limit during pandemic

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt the gambling sector, the cross-party Gambling Related Harm All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) has called for operators to ‘do the right thing’ by imposing a ‘daily gambling limit of £50’. Confirmed in a letter to the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC), the APPG has also requested that the industry ‘suspends the facility for …

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Svenska Spel supports research projects with SEK5m pledge

Swedish gambling operator Svenska Spel has confirmed a further SEK5m will be committed in grants this year to fund a range of research projects targeting problem gambling. Those applying for grants can apply until 30 April to submit an application for funding from the 2020 round, which will be overseen by Svenska Spel’s Research Council and the Swedish Central Association …

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GVC tackles US problem gambling with Epic partnership

GVC Holdings has confirmed a new partnership with Epic Risk Management working together to tackle gambling-related harms across the US. The partnership is to be funded by the GVC Foundation US, a non-profit subsidiary which is dedicated to promoting responsible gambling and aims to replicate the independent gambling harm minimisation consultancy’s European sports and education model. The programme is fully …

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