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Key Steps Taken to Push for Responsible Gaming in 2021

See how various companies and organizations address the need to elevate responsible gaming in 2021 both for offline and online gambling.

Too much of something is definitely bad for you, and this is true even in gaming. The excitement you feel when playing slots and the thrill of winning payouts in sports betting can be too overwhelming that some people lose control over their gaming habits.

Excessive and irresponsible gaming are common and continue to affect many people. And for this, efforts to promote responsible gaming in 2021 have begun, with the goal to effectively create a healthy and dynamic gaming environment for everyone of legal age to enjoy in land-based and online casinos beginning this year.

Efforts to Strengthen Responsible Gaming in 2021

Companies and organizations wasted no time in addressing responsible gaming, and this is evident in the activities and initiatives taken as early as January of this year.

Provide responsible gambling training and education.

Like in all cases, spreading awareness about the signs, symptoms, and dangers of problem gambling can go a long way. Therefore, responsible gambling training and education takes the spotlight in various fields.

Gaming1, an iGaming operator and supplier owned by Ardent Group, has reportedly partnered with the Gaming Clinic at Brugmann University Hospital to create a responsible gaming training course for all Gaming1 employees.

Employee training, according to Gaming1, is essential to their mission of promoting responsible gambling, and will be integrated into their new responsible gaming department.

Also giving prime importance on responsible gambling education are Entain Foundation U.S. and EPIC Risk Management whose joint initiative has attracted two New Jersey colleges to join the list of colleges and universities nationwide participating in a new student-centered responsible gambling program. 

Moreover, as a proof that problem gambling is a global issue, Sands China in Macau has just completed its three-month-long series of activities that raise awareness of problem gaming among its staff. The campaign is spearheaded by the MSAR Social Welfare Bureau with partnership with the Gaming INspection and Coordination Bureau and the Institute for the Study of Commercial Gaming at the University of Macau.

Join responsible gambling campaigns.

With the 2021 PGA season officially starting in March, organizer PGA Tour made a commendable move by joining “Have a game plan. Bet responsibly,” the public service campaign dedicated for responsible gambling initiated by the American Gaming Association.

This campaign teaches sports bettors to be responsible for their gambling entertainment by encouraging them to set a budget and stick to it, practice social betting, know the odds, and play only at trusted and regulated operators.

PGA became the latest sports organizer to join the campaign, following NASCAR and NHL, both of which joined the said campaign in 2019.

Use responsible gambling tools.

Other than its drive to provide responsible gaming training, Gaming1 also previously launched its own suite of AI-powered responsible gambling tools. Launched in August 2020, these Gaming1 tools monitor player behavior and help determine which players are showing signs of problem gambling and would eventually need assistance.

Besides Gaming1’s tools, you can use the GamStop service. What it does is it offers the public a self-exclusion register. This service, however, is available only in the UK and works with operators licensed by the UK Gambling Commission. With this GamStop self-exclusion register, all your accounts will be closed and the operators will actively block your future attempts to open new accounts. The best part is that this service is free of charge.

Alternatively, you can look for other gambling site blockers that will prohibit you from accessing online casinos and sports betting websites from any of your devices.

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Besides all these, regulators are also actively finding new solutions to promote responsible gambling in 2021. Malta Gaming Authority, for instance, has expressed its plans to amend the legal framework for player protection. Also working hand in hand are responsible gambling organizations like GamCare, NCP Gambling, and BeGambleAware, among many others across various countries.

To get started, check out the tips you should know about responsible gambling to have a headstart on ensuring a healthy and responsible gambling online and offline.

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