The American Gaming Association (AGA) has gathered together leading gaming industry organisations, academic professionals and advocacy groups to chart a new course on the issue of responsible gaming.
The Responsible Gaming Collaborative will focus on the best programs and polices that focus on proven, effective solutions and aims to deepen the sector’s commitment to responsible gaming.
“It’s time to comprehensively review existing responsible gaming policies and regulations,” said Geoff Freeman, president and CEO of the AGA. “We must drive a new discussion around proven, effective programs and ensure that governments are appropriately allocating resources.”
The gaming industry is estimated to provide governments with hundreds millions of annually for research and treatment of problem gambling. However, no programs exist to ensure accountability, and the spending of those resources is inconstant across jurisdictions.
In addition to the AGA, which is the premier national trade group representing the $240 billion U.S. casino industry. Key Responsible Gaming Collaborative participants include: The National Council on Problem Gambling, the National Centre for Responsible Gaming, the University of Nevada-Las Vegas International Gaming Institute, Harvard University’s T.H. Chan Public School of Health, Yale School of Medicine, the National Indian Gaming Association, the Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers, the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries and the National Thoroughbred Racing Association.
“No one party or way of thinking is ever enough to create transformative change. That’s why this group is so essential,” said Russell Sanna, executive director the National Centre for Responsible Gaming. “We appreciate healthy dialogue and debate and are striving to use focused, evidence-based proposals to drive improvement – in both industry practices and government regulations.”
“This Collaborative with its diverse set of stakeholders is a welcome step forward to creating a unified approach to addressing problem gambling,” said Keith Whyte, executive director of the National Council on Problem Gambling.