Problem Gambling Risk Reduction on GiGse 2015 AgendaPublished April 15, 2015 by Amir G
Ahead of GiGse 2015, NCPG Executive Director lays the organization's plans to combat problem gambling risks in a future iGaming-regulated market with the help of operators and regulators.
The 2015 edition of the Global iGaming Summit & Expo Conference (GiGse) is set to take place April 20-22 at the Hyatt Regency in San Francisco. This year GiGse will give special attention to the issue of problem gambling in an Open Space session which will be attended by Keith Whyte, Executive Director of the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG).
Reducing Problem Gambling Risks
Ahead of the session, Whyte has spoken about some of the organization's stances in light of possible future iGaming legislation across a number of US states, California included. According to Whyte, outlining the risks of problem gambling that can arise from iGaming will benefit not only the players but also the companies that provide such services.
Problem gambling is something that exists out there, says Whyte, and it's a question that needs to be on the table and dealt with – it needs to be faced head-on in a joint effort for the best results. Whyte believes that NCPG can work together with iGaming operators and regulators to develop programmes that will minimise the harm of problem gambling for the benefit of everyone.
"By working together we can develop innovative programmes to minimise harm that are better for industry, players and advocates than government regulation."
The NCPG is about to launch a responsible gaming compliance assessment program (iCAP). First of its kind in the US, iCAP provides guidance on responsible gambling practices for iGaming, and it is aimed for operators, regulators and consumers as well. The iCAP seal of approval serves as an independent and objective validation that an operator abides by the NCPG responsible gaming standards.
Apart for the iCAP, NCPG is also offering direct services through an online helpdesk which was recently added text and chat capabilities which join a 24/7 phone helpline.