Problem Gambling on the Regulatory Agenda
The International Association of Gambling Regulators (IAGR) said that the central topic in the work of regulatory agencies was consumer protection and problem gaming.
According to the association, 88% of regulators who participated in the survey “Regulation of gambling – global development 2018-2019” are actively studying the issues. In 2017, the last time the survey was conducted, 82% of regulators developed the issue. At that time, consumer protection was named the top priority of gambling regulators’ work. Today this figure has grown to 90% of gambling regulators.
However, there are fewer agencies dealing directly with ludomania problems. In 2017 – 59%, and according to current information to date – only 54%. But the number of those who are developing methods to combat contract matches has increased from 38 to 45%.
According to the data provided by 44 jurisdictions, the most common form of gambling is the lottery. Next in the ranking are casino games and sports betting.
Fighting gambling crime is a key responsibility of gambling regulators. We can identify the five most priority areas in this direction: the fight against illegal gambling operators, money laundering, fraud, the organization of matches and the rights of minors.
According to the report, two-thirds of regulators will receive mandatory contributions from operators to develop responsible gambling programs.
Looking ahead, the organization notes that in the near future one of the most pressing problems may become the legislative regulation of gambling in the liberalization of neighboring markets. The problem may be particularly acute in the online segment.
According to Paul Newson, President of IAGR, the results of the research are a tool that promotes quality information exchange and cooperation in the development of policies for the supervision of the industry.
The head of the association also added that thanks to increased cooperation between jurisdictions, regulatory authorities could implement more effective policies to regulate the gambling industry. It also made it possible to focus collective efforts on areas that were most at risk.
Gambling regulators from Europe, Africa, Australia, North, and South America participated in the survey.
Recall that Georgia plans to assess the extent of ludomania spread.