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
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.
After a lengthy consultation period the UK Gambling Commission has banned the use of credit cards for online and offline wagering as of 14 April 2020.
As of 1st January 2020, UK gambling operators are compelled to provide social responsibility funding to Gamble Aware if they are to comply with their licence conditions. The amount is not specified.
The recently formed Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has announced they will be introducing a code of practice to do with operators treatment of VIP players and accounts. It is believed that this industry organisation will call on members to justify these accounts by performing source of wealth checks.
This in-depth longitudinal study by the University of Bristol's Children of the 90s, has shown that regular weekly gamblers were more likely to be male, and had developed habits and patterns of play by age 20.
All major UK gambling companies have agreed to five minimum standards to promote safer gambling amongst their customers. The group as part of the Betting and Gaming Council (https://bettingandgamingcouncil.com/) have agreed to commit to five core safer gambling practices:
The review will have a two-pronged approach. Sheffield University will review the effectiveness of national and international policies and interventions to reduce gambling-related harms. Secondly, PHE will carry out a broader review on the prevalence of gambling and associated health harms, and their social and economic burden.
New rules added to the licence conditions and codes of practice for alternative dispute resolution, will strengthen requirements on how licensees identify and interact with customers who may be at risk of, or experiencing, gambling harms. The rules regarding changes to alternative resolution providers and changes to customer interaction come into effect 31 October, 2019.
The UK Gambling Commission has announced a new role for research group Gambling Research Exchange (GREO). GREO will develop a programme of activity to support the National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms, supporting the areas of Prevention & Education and Treatment & Support.