This section contains select links to media releases on issues related to gambling and gaming from around the globe.
In the News - International
In the News
The House of Lords Select Committee published its report on the Social & Economic Impact of the Gambling Industry on 2 July, 2020.
The UK Gambling Commission has come in for extreme criticism from a group of MPs reporting on how gambling regulation is protecting vulnerable people.
The New Zealand Transport and Infrastructure Select Committee has proposed that changes be made to the charges imposed for the use of betting information, in a bid to limit data used by offshore bookmakers. There are over 30 areas where the Committee have recommended changes.
The UK’s gambling industry will rebrand its Responsible Gambling Week project as the Safer Gambling Week from 2020. The 2020 event will run from 19-25 November.
The UK Gambling Commission released data on 12th June on COVID-19's impact on gambling behaviour. It showed that 75% of recent gamblers hadn't increased time or money spent gambling in April 2020.
INTERNATIONAL: The International Association of Gaming Regulators (IAGR) today announced the postponement of its annual conference: Disrupting the Regulator: Sparking innovation in regulatory practice #IAGR2020 Boston until 12-17 September 2021.
On the 15th May 2020, the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) announced a £10 million education programme to help young people better understand the risks associated with gambling.
Neil McArthur from the Gambling Commission UK has outlined the Commission's expectations during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Gambling risks and harms are now being taught in primary schools in the UK as part of their personal, social and health education (PSHE) curriculum. This comes as a report reveals an increase in young "problem" gamblers. The PSHE association has free materials on their website.
The UK NAO has released a report, "Gambling regulation: problem gambling and protecting vulnerable people". The report examines the extent to which gambling regulation effectively and proportionately protects people from gambling-related harms.
Lloyds Banking Group has announced a partnership with Gamban to provide customers of its banks with access to the gambling blocking program.
GambleAware has launched a new campaign to raise awareness of the treatment available through the National Gambling Treatment Service. The campaign will run on digital media, radio, pubs, motorway service stations, in GP surgeries and health publications throughout February and March 2020.
Neil McArthur, CEO of the Gambling Commission (UK), gave a speech at the ICE London conference this month. He spoke about why gambling needs to be made safer, opportunities and risks and how changing the mindset can help make gambling safer.
The three collaborative working groups will be: Safer Products, Safer Advertising Online and Use of VIP Incentives.