Social Responsibility

News on the industry’s social responsibility resources

EPIC delivers problem gambling education with Harvard Medical School

EPIC Risk Management has committed to delivering education on the topic of problem gambling after agreeing to a new partnership with the Division on Addiction at Cambridge Health Alliance, a Harvard Medical School teaching hospital. The duo will work together to research elite athletes’ relationships with problematic gambling behaviours, and will occur in parallel with GVC Holdings’ ongoing research partnership …

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KSA launches operator tender for problem gambling helpline

The Netherlands gambling regulator, Kansspelautoriteit (KSA), will appoint an operator for its problem gambling helpline after launching its tender process. The service will offer gamblers access to treatment, advice and support via a website, chat service, email and telephone 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Under the Netherlands’ Remote Gaming Act, the KSA was tasked with running the …

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BonusFinder research finds 94% of UK gamblers aware of RG tools

Research from BonusFinder.com has revealed that 94% of UK gamblers were aware of the responsible gambling tools available to them during the lockdown period. The research, which surveyed 500 UK casino and bingo players, detailed that 31% of players had gambled ‘somewhat more’ between March and June, while 28% admitted to gambling ‘the same’ amount as they would in normal …

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UKGC forms ‘lived experience’ advisory group on gambling harms

Neil McArthur

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has established an interim ‘Experts by Experience’ (EbE) group formed by individuals who have suffered a from a wide range of gambling harms and addictions. The group will broaden the UKGC’s advice, recommendations and evidence with regards to policy-making on reducing gambling harms, raising safer gambling standards and understanding gambling’s impact on society. The creation …

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Gamban boosts US expertise with Jody Bechtold addition

Gamban has named Jody Bechtold as the newest member of its advisory board, who will advise the company with its expansion into the US. Based in the US, Bechtold currently serves as Vice President for the International Gambling Counselor Certification Board, and also holds the position of board member for the National Council on Problem Gambling. Jack Symons, Co-Founder and …

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Spelinspektionen boosts self-exclusion awareness with new campaign

The Swedish gambling regulator, Spelinspektionen, has revealed a new marketing strategy which will see it promote the Spelpaus.se self-exclusion scheme. The new campaign comes after the regulator revealed that only ‘half of all players’ know about the self-exclusion scheme that went live on the opening of the Swedish market in 2019. “After just under a year, half of all players …

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UK government backs £100m RET commitment from ‘big four’

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has launched a new era for responsible gambling as the UK’s four leading operators have pledged to spend £100 million on improving treatment support services. The £100 million funding, which is backed by bet365, Flutter Entertainment, GVC Holdings and William Hill, will be issued to GambleAware who will be the main commissioning agent for …

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GamCare backs #readytotalk campaign

Supporting those most vulnerable to problem gambling during the ongoing lockdown, a number of helplines – including GamCare – have launched the #readytotalk campaign. The campaign aims to raise awareness of problem gambling support services at a time when people are most vulnerable, encouraging individuals to reach out and speak about their issues confidentially. Anna Hemmings, Chief Executive of GamCare, …

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EPIC gains UKGC approval for problem gambling funding

Gambling harm prevention consultancy EPIC Risk Management (EPIC) has become one of the first private companies to be listed on the UK Gambling Commission’s RET register. EPIC joins counterparts GambleAware, GamCare and YGAM on the list of approved organisations to which gambling companies are required to make social responsibility financial contributions in order to meet their licence conditions.  Under UKGC licence …

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BGC dedicates 20% of advertising to safer gambling

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has committed to making sure that 20% of TV and radio advertisements from its members are safer gambling adverts. In April, BGC members voluntarily removed all TV and radio product advertising for a period of six weeks during the lockdown. Writing on Politics Home, BGC Chief Executive Michael Dugher explained that the trade association …

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