GamCare publishes new data on the harms of online slots
GamCare has recently published new data on the harms of online slot games.
The charity’s latest piece was published as a response to one of the UK government’s first gambling white paper consultations, which explored lower gambling limits as a way to reduce the potential harms of online slots, along with looking at enhanced protections for younger gamblers under the age of 24.
GamCare’s publication utilized data from the National Gambling Support Network, which is the United Kingdom’s national platform where gambling enthusiasts can seek help for any problems related to the pastime. The data presented by the charity showed that around 60% of problem gamblers mainly enjoyed the pastime through online slots. This figure represented a massive increase from the vertical’s prominence among problem gamblers half a decade ago, almost doubling in proportion from 34%.
This increase, combined with the harmful experiences of GamCare’s lived experience community members, drove the charity to call for a 2-pound wagering limit on all online slots, along with wider problem gambling prevention efforts to further protect local gamblers. GamCare also called for the same limit to be applied to all other online casino experiences due to their prominence among problem gamblers and for implementing enhanced problem gambling prevention methods for younger gamblers.