Another Safer Gambling Week Comes to a Close
It is of utmost importance to stay safe while gambling. A UK event dedicated to the principles of safer gambling just finished on the 23rd of October 2022.
The online casino industry has become a huge multi-billion euro business over the years. Nowadays, there are hundreds if not thousands of internet casinos operating online. With the growth of the industry, having high standards for safe gambling has also become more important than ever before.
In recent years, we have seen the rise of a yearly event named Safer Gambling Week that aims to call more attention to safe gambling. In 2022, one such event took place in the UK between the 17th and the 23rd of October. Similar events with the same name have also been seen in various other parts of the world.
While we wait for the data from the finished UK event, let us call attention to the event’s Cyprus version that concluded on the 10th of October. At least in Cyprus, the contents of this year’s Safer Gambling Week were more comprehensive than in previous years. According to the official data sheet, the event featured talks, presentations, educational seminars, experimental workshops, and interactive games. All of this in the name of creating a safe space for learning and entertainment.
The stats for the week-long spectacle were also impressive. This year, Safer Gambling week consisted of 44 separate events and had 45 sponsors, more than 40 speakers and 320 conference participants. In total, 1470 people participated in all the surrounding activities.
What we do know from the UK version of Safer Gambling Week is that among the attendees was Microgaming. This massive company founded on the Isle of Man is still one of the largest and most popular online casino game providers in the world. In a press release, Microgaming CEO Andy Clucas said the following:
”People who may be struggling with gambling issues need to know there are lots of organisations who can offer support and help them regain control of their lives.”Andy Clucas CEO Microgaming
Microgaming has long been an avid supporter of multiple UK charities that tackle the issue of problem gambling.
Personally, I have never taken part in any iteration of the Safer Gambling Week, but I am very happy to see such events being organised. Same as with gambling authorities issuing fines as punitive measures, it is always good to know that people are fighting problem gaming. At the same time, I am thankful that people are trying to make things as safe as possible for players like you and me.
I have been enamoured with the online casino industry for a long time. Because of that, it always bothers me when I hear gaming companies neglecting their customer base. If only problem gambling could be weeded out things would be so much better for every one of us. As with all other kinds of addiction, this is probably too tall of a task to accomplish, but it is good to see people doing their best to at least keep it at bay.
Kudos to Microgaming for taking part in Safer Gambling Week and carrying their responsibility as a massive gambling favourite! I wish more gambling companies were like Microgaming and pulled their weight around.