BGC Announces Safe Gambling Week 2021

Betting and gambling advice (BGC) announced date for 2021 Safe play week which will take place between 1 November and 7 November, in collaboration with Bingo association and B acta .

Since its inception in 2017, the annual campaign has shown that the betting and gaming industry has reported several safer online and land-based gambling messages to drive a nationwide debate on responsible betting.

Despite the setbacks being closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, BGC claims that last event of the year was a "huge hit".

Michael Douger , CEO of BGC, said: “As the standards body representing regulated bets and hectares, BGC is delighted to support Safe Gambling Week 2021.

“Last year's event was a huge success despite the pandemic and with bookmakers and casinos opening this year, I am confident that Safe Gambling Week 2021 will be even better.

“Our members are already demonstrating their commitment to safer gambling, for example by increasing funding for research, education and treatment, banning TV betting advertisements on live sports broadcasts, and stringent ID and age checks.”

The number of social media impressions someone saw a post related to safe gambling increased to 19 million in 2020, an increase of 19% over 2019. In addition, the number of sessions on Safer Gamlbing Week during the 2020 campaign was 18%. higher than in 2019.

Douger added: “During the pandemic, we also saw that the number of reports of safer gambling on betting websites more than doubled, while direct interventions where customers were spending more time and money on betting than before COVID increased by 25%.

"Safe Gambling Week is a great opportunity to highlight this fantastic job - and highlights the difference between a regulated industry and an unlicensed and illegal online black market, where there are no guarantees that are common among our members."

BGC also found that betting operators reported an increase in the number of customers using safer gambling tools such as deposit limits and self-exclusion, claiming this was "proof of reuse." Safe Gambling Week is held among the general population. "

Throughout the week, all parties to regulated rates and the gaming industry will come together to encourage employees, customers and the general public to raise awareness and talk about responsible betting.

Miles Baron , CEO of The Bingo Association, commented, “Safe Gambling Week is an important part of the bingo industry's commitment to social responsibility and provides a useful focus for highlighting the activity and support available throughout the year.

"As institutions operating companies, this sector recognizes the important opportunity we have to promote safer gambling and interact directly with customers."

In its official release, BGC further described the techniques used by gambling operators such as encouraging deposit limits and timeouts and directing customers to a range of self-exclusion services.

The standards body is organizing Safe Gambling Week as “an opportunity to go even further by encouraging businesses and organizations to start a conversation” with various people associated with the gambling sector, such as employees, customers, their friends and family.

John White , CEO Bacta , commented, “The Safe Gambling Week is once again allowing the industry to showcase its yearlong commitment to safer gambling. It also draws customers' attention to the tools that are available to them if they in any way feel that their gambling is becoming problematic.

"These tools continue to grow as we learn more about safer gambling and are part of our drive to foster social responsibility at the heart of our consumer offering."

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