UK Gambling Commission releases Joint Statement regarding “gambling and loot boxes” in games

16 gambling regulators release a joint statement regarding

UK Gambling Commission releases Joint Statement regarding “gambling and loot boxes” in games

This morning, sixteen of the world’s gambling regulators have released a statement which highlights their concern regarding the use of “loot boxes” within video games and the “blurring of lines between gambling and other forms of digital entertainment”. 

The list of regulators includes the UK’s Gambling Commission, the Washington State Gambling Commission, the French Online Gaming Authority and other gambling regulators from across Europe. These sixteen regulators have signed an agreement which will allow these organisations to work together to address the risks created by “blurring the lines between gaming and gambling”, including the creation of 3rd party “skin betting” websites, and “features within games, such as loot boxes”. 

Neil McArthur, Cheif Executive of the UK’s Gambling Commission, released the following statement regarding the joint declaration. 

    We have joined forces to call on video games companies to address the clear public concern around the risks gambling and some video games can pose to children. We encourage video games companies to work with their gambling regulators and take action now to address those concerns to make sure that consumers, and particularly children, are protected.

We want parents to be aware of the risks and to talk to their children about how to stay safe online. For example, unlicensed websites offering skins betting can pop up at any time and children could be gambling with money intended for computer game products.

The Gambling Commission’s Joint Declaration is available to read here. 

16 gambling regulators release a joint statement regarding
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Below is a full list of the Gambling Authorities who signed this Joint Declaration, and those who signed the document on behalf of their respective organisations.

– Austria: Alfred Hacker, Director, Federal Ministry of Finance
– Czech Republic: Karel Blaha, Director of the State Oversight Over Gambling Department
– France: Charles Coppolani, Chair of the French Online Gaming Regulatory Authority
– Gibraltar: Andrew Lyman, Executive Director, Gambling Division, HM Government of Gibraltar
– Republic of Ireland: Brendan Mac Namara, Principal Officer, Gambling Policy Division, Department of Justice and Equality of Ireland
– Isle of Man: Steve Brennan, Chief Executive, Gambling Supervision Commission
– Jersey: Jason Lane, Chief Executive, Jersey Gambling Commission
– Latvia: Signe Birne, Director of Lotteries and Gambling Supervisory Inspection of Latvia
– Malta: Heathcliff Farrugia, Chief Executive Officer, Malta Gaming Authority
– The Netherlands: Jan Suyver, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Netherlands Gambling Authority
– Norway: Henrik Nordal, Director Deputy General, Norwegian Gaming Authority
– Poland: Pawe? Gruza, Undersecretary of State in the Ministry of Finance
– Portugal: Teresa Monteiro, Vice-President of Turismo de Portugal, I.P
– Spain: Juan Espinosa García, CEO, Directorate General for Gambling Regulation
– United Kingdom: Neil McArthur, Chief Executive Officer, UK Gambling Commission
– Washington State (USA): David Trujillo, Director, Washington State Gambling Commission

This joint declaration has created an international effort to analyse and confront the issues raised by the growing number of games with “Gambling-like” mechanics. Only time will tell if this effort will be successful in countering this growing problem, though it would be beneficial to create a level of international consistency when it comes to Gambling regulations within the gaming market. 

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