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GAMSTOP is required for all UK operators as of 31 March

Gamestop

The (UK) Gambling Commission has announced that all online gambling operators must participate in the multi-operator self-exclusion scheme GAMSTOP. The GAMSTOP scheme that has been developed to allow clients to self-exclude from online operators with one request rather than from each operator individually. It was said that with +200 online operators this will make access to self-exclusion much simpler for those who wish to be prevented from online gambling. GAMSTOP currently includes a large number of online gambling websites, but not all. In due course, all online gambling websites will be required to join by the Gambling Commission.

Neil McArthur, Gambling Commission said: “By the 31 March all online operators will be required to participate in the multi-operator self-exclusion scheme. Although the vast majority of operators are already participating in GAMSTOP this will make the coverage comprehensive. We welcome the fact that GAMSTOP have got to this stage in their development and encourage them to continue to improve their offer, particularly in relation to preventing those who have self-excluded being targeted by direct marketing.

Neil McArthur added: “It is important that self-exclusion schemes are as effective as possible and they will be most effective when used in combination with other blocking tools such as gambling blocking software and payment card blocking. Operators must do everything they can to minimize the risk of gambling-related harm. That is why we expect the industry to create safe products, know their customers, understand what they can afford to gamble with, and identify when they are experiencing harm and step in. It is also vital that people experiencing gambling harm are able to access the support or treatment they need. This forms part of our ongoing work with our partners to implement the National Strategy for Reducing Gambling Harms.”