Online gaming operators including bingo and casino brands have been told by the UK Gambling Commission that they must comply with new regulations regarding self-exclusion by 31st March 2020.
A new scheme, which has been developed by GAMSTOP, will let players self-exclude from all registered online operators in a single request rather than having to self-exclude from each site individually.
The UK Gambling Commission hopes that the forthcoming changes will make it easier for anyone who wants to stop online gambling.
There are more than 200 online operators in the UK gaming industry, all of whom will be required to participate in the multi-operator self-exclusion scheme. However, to reduce the risk of exposure to online gambling, the UKGC recommends that all players who wish to self-exclude also take advantage of other useful anti-gambling tools such as payment card blocking and gambling blocking software.
In addition, the Commission plans to introduce a new National Strategy for Reducing Gambling Harms. It is currently working with its partners to produce the strategy, which it believes will assist “people experiencing gambling harm” in getting “the support or treatment they need”.
Helen Whately, the UK’s Culture Minister, and her department (the DCMS) have also undertaken a series of meetings with gambling operators and banks to determine how the companies can further help people who are at risk of developing gambling problems using technology and customer data.
Ms Whately says that any business which has a gambling connection including banks, social media platforms, and operators have a duty to be “socially responsible” and better utilise data and technology to make it easier for “people to manage their spending” while also protecting them from harm.
By requiring all online gambling sites which are licenced by the UK Gambling Commission to sign up to GAMSTOP, the Culture Minister is “confident” that anyone who chooses to opt-out of gambling “will be well supported”.