Industry urged to work together on responsible gambling at WrB 2015

Industry urged to work together on responsible gambling at WrB 2015

Wednesday, September 16, 2015 Totally Gaming
Speakers at the London event insisted that a joined-up approach would aid strategies

Leading figures from the gaming industry urged attendees at last week's World Regulatory Briefing (WrB) to work together to tackle challenges surrounding responsible gambling.

Influential decision-makers from across the industry were in attendance at WrB 2015, which was hosted by Clarion Events at London’s Millbank Tower on September 10.

With preparations already underway for WrB Eastern Europe on December 2 in Bucharest, Romania, and WrB Africa on a March 2016 date to be confirmed in Lagos, Nigeria, industry collaboration on key issues emerged as a central theme.

The event welcomed specialist speakers from a number of major operators, including UK Gambling Commission Director of Regulatory Risk and Analysis Matthew Hill, who focused on regulatory and licensing conditions.

“Although the industry is coming to terms to its responsibilities, it sometimes struggles to turn that into effective action,” Hill said. “I’m hoping that a lot of people at WrB will be talking to each other and taking some of those first steps towards delivering that effective action.

“I’m really hoping that the event will play a major role in raising the awareness of the importance of responsible gambling, particularly the need to build a public confidence in the gambling industry so it can continue to enjoy success.”

Fellow speaker Wanda Goldwag, the Senet Group's Chair and Independent Standards Commissioner, added that it is in the interest of operators to take responsibility of their own futures.

Goldwag said: “In my role as a self-regulator, I try to convince people to do things that even the government doesn’t want them to do yet. I argue that self-regulation is good for the industry and that the more we behave responsibly, the less other people will interfere with us.

“I hope very much that the industry talks to each other and realises that we need to act as one body, without divisional or fractional problems. We need to talk to each other and learn from each other.”

Fiona Thorne, Director of Regulatory Affairs at Gala Coral, also hailed WrB as an event of significant strategic importance for the gaming industry.

“It's great to bring together so many people from across the industry to talk about responsible gambling and how we can share best business practice to ensure we are moving the industry forward and turning theories into practice,” Thorne said.

* The next event in the WrB series will be WrB Eastern Europe on December 2 in Bucharest, Romania. Visit for further information. 

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