The gambling industry has been in the headlines again. Over the past few days I’ve seen stories about gambling sponsorship of junior footballers shirts, people who have self excluded being contacted by operators and casino style games on Facebook.
You would have to have been hiding under a rock to miss all of the negative coverage of the gambling industry lately. There is so much to talk about… The UK’s hidden problem gambling epidemic, fixed odds betting terminals, sponsorship of football shirts, irresponsible affiliate marketing campaigns, dubious data scraping techniques, connections to crime, sector wars between bookmakers and casino operators, industry donations to problem gambling charities not being met, huge fines being issued by the Gambling Commission, unregulated skin betting, loot boxes and operators encouraging young people with products that appeal to children. The list goes on and on and is growing every week.
From problem gambler to the Campaign for Fairer Gambling
We are excited to announce that Matt Zarb-Cousin, Campaign for Fairer Gambling and Co-Founder of gamban will be delivering our keynote speech on day 2.
You have probably heard a lot in the media recently about responsible gambling. Figures released by the Gambling Commission show that British Gamblers lost a record £13.8 Billion in the year ending September 2016. This figure includes an all-time high of £1.82 Billion lost on fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBT’s).
How confident are you that your social responsibility programme is protecting your customers from gambling-related harm?
A cross party Parliamentary Group has released a scathing report on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBT’s) calling for the government to tighten up regulation.