Gaming specialists SMP eGaming have called on operators to be more proactive on player protection as they build towards Responsible Gambling Week.
This year’s Responsible Gambling Week runs from November 7 to 13. To mark the week, SMP Group have announced they will be making their responsible gambling courses available throughout.
SMP offers its courses through the SMP Compliance Academy. They will cover the details of the leading gambling jurisdictions, including the UK, Isle of Man and Sweden. Operators will be able to access training for employees covering social responsibility and prevention of underage gambling.
The managing director of SMP eGaming, Ted Pepper, said that there was no other issue that was more important for modern online operators than responsible gambling, and that was why they were making their courses available for free:
“We are fully committed to helping the industry improve standards and better protect players and we are unlocking our courses to make these vital learnings accessible to all.”
SMP hope to enable gambling firms to develop stronger problem gambling awareness, but they also hope to embed knowledge of the relevant jurisdiction requirements that affect their operations, and to pass on best practice in helping problem gamblers.
Responsible Gambling Week was first held in 2017. It is run by the Industry Group for Responsible Gambling (IGRG), which includes a number of bodies in the gambling world, including the Remote Gambling Association and the Bingo Association.
The IGRG was set up in 2014 with the aim of promoting socially responsible gambling activities across the UK, and earlier this year it secured an industry-wide agreement to introduce a whistle-to-whistle gambling advertising ban on live sports. Its work on socially responsible gambling is also supported by pub operators, youth organisations and other stakeholders.