Gamstop participation, the self-exclusion platform for gamblers, will be required for all online gambling operations in the United Kingdom. As of March 2020, all gambling sites that operate within the UK will have to ensure that they sign up with the self-exclusion platform. The Gamstop scheme was developed for the sole purpose of allowing gamblers in the UK the opportunity to ban themselves from gambling.
Once gamblers register themselves on the platform and exclude themselves from participating in gambling, they will be excluded from all gambling sites. That is why the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) requires all gambling sites to register to Gamstop to make it easier for gambling addicts to exclude themselves. The UKGC told the media that 200 online gambling operations in the UK are expected to join Gamstop. The CEO of the UKGC, Neil McArthur, told the press that all online gambling operations in the UK would be required to take part in Gamstop. He also confirmed that many online gambling operations have already joined Gamstop.
Culture Minister Supports Gamstop Requirement
The minister of Digital, Culture, Media, and Sports (DCMS), Helen Whately, has supported this move by the UKGC. She further said that gambling operators in the UK need to be socially responsible. In 2019 ministers from the DCMS met with banks and gambling operations to talk about the growing concerns connected to gambling addiction.
The UKGC also revealed that even games that are offered by lotteries in the country would not be shown to self-excluded gamblers. These games include Instant Win games. However, games that are considered low-risk, such as EuroMillions and the Lotto, will not be part of the self-exclusion scheme. If gamblers believe that they want to exclude themselves from these low-risk games, they can do so at individual lottery operations.
The DCMS minister, Helen Whately, told the media that every one that is linked to the gambling market in the UK should be responsible for UK customers. She further said that these businesses should make sure that people are protected against harm related to gambling.