GAMSTOP Announced as New UK Self-Exclusion Scheme
The Remote Gambling Association (the RGA) has announced the name of its new online self-inclusion scheme – GAMSTOP.
The website has been designed to implement the aims of the UK Gambling Commission’s Licence Conditions and Codes of Practice. Players will have the ability to exclude themselves from all online gambling casinos and bookmakers via a single, streamlined process.
Currently, for a player struggling with a gambling problem to successfully exclude themselves from gambling sites, they must do so operator by operator. The new tool will cover all gambling sites that hold a valid UKGC license. Operators that are currently unlicensed can still be accessed by players who use the GAMSTOP tool to self-exclude.
The website is currently live, but the service is yet to launch. GAMSTOP say it will be up and running by the end of the year, and is available for all consumers living in the UK.
Fiona Palmer, RGA director of social responsibility, said: “We are at a very exciting stage in the development of GAMSTOP.
With the branding now established and process design well advanced, the focus in the coming months will be on technology integration and industry communication. – Fiona Palmer, RGA director of social responsibility
“We are therefore confident that we will deliver self-exclusion on the truly national scale needed to assist consumers who need this kind of help to manage their gambling.”
The Gambling Commission’s programme director, Paul Hope, said: “The ability for consumers to exclude themselves from all online gambling with a single request will be a powerful tool for those that need it. We welcome the work the RGA is doing to develop GAMSTOP and look forward to it becoming available.”
You can access the GAMSTOP website here. The service will be an additional tool for UK gamblers to reach established advice and helpline-based networks such as GAMCARE. The RGA is a London-based trade association whose members are all licensed for gambling purposes in Europe.