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Trade Group to Release Standards for Responsible Gambling

9 February 2011 by admin

cen230x2003Responsible gambling is a very important issue when it comes to online gambling. Problem gambling is a very real and very dangerous problem. It is why I wrote a series of blog posts called Gambling Safety 101. It is the reason most anti-gambling people give for their stance against the industry. Some people think that if the government legalizes online gambling, everyone will become addicted to slots. Others think that if the government doesn’t regulate the industry, no one is protecting the problem gamblers. Neither is true.

In recent years, online gambling companies have taken big steps to get help for problem gamblers and keep them and minors from accessing online casinos. Though the casinos and software developers have come up with their own tools to combat this problem, there really is no industry standard. One trade group is trying to change that.

The European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) is doing their part to produce industry-wide self-regulatory standards to combat problem gambling. EGBA is a major trade organization that represents a large portion of the European gambling companies. They have released a report on the regulatory measures that they believe should become the industry standard. Currently, they are waiting for the European Union’s Committee for Standardization (CEN) to publish the report.

CEN began their “Responsible Remote Gambling Measures” initiative in May of 2010. At that time, they got the cooperation of 25 gambling companies, who offered approximately 600 suggestions. CEN then drafted a document based on those suggestions and made that public in July 2010. Industry insiders were invited to view the document and make their suggestions. The industry insiders all approved a final document, which should be published soon.

The final published document, of course, may not actually be the final version of the plan. CEN is eager and willing to revise it further if that is necessary. John Ketchell, Innovation Director at CEN, says that the draft “may only be a first step, in a sense that the CEN community will be ready to consider additional activities when the stakeholders are ready and willing, for example to work towards the creation of a full European Standard in due time.”

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