UK Gaming News Update

By Maria McCoyGoogle

Two recent developments are engaging the UK gaming community: the United Kingdom Gambling Commission published its survey for the past quarter and a new online hub has been established to aid in the struggle against problem gambling.

The Gambling Commission of the UK releases a quarterly survey on gambling participation.  The survey for July, August, and September was performed on behalf of the commission by the market research firm ICM research.  They performed two extensive surveys in one: gambling in general and specifically remote gambling (online, mobile, and interactive TV).  According to the survey the total gambling participation had a 1.6% increase compared to the parallel quarter last year.  The most popular form of gambling remains the National Lottery.  While total gambling participation is most popular among males above the age of 45, mobile gambling participation is more popular among males between the ages of 18 and 44.

A non-profit organization known as The Responsible Gambling Fund of the United Kingdom is currently working on the development of an online information hub to aid in the struggle against problem gambling.  They hired Electric Putty, a well-known web development firm, to develop the site.  The purpose of the site is to act as a hub to for counselors, treatment professionals, researchers, policy makers, and gamblers themselves to provide and share useful information.  While a gambler might use it to get information for himself, a treatment professional can use it to reference a patient to a proper facility, and a legislator can use to get accurate information and gambling statistics.  The site is expected to launch this coming February.

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