Blocking software Gamban secures GambleAware funding

Blocking software Gamban secures GambleAware funding

Thursday, October 11, 2018 Posted by News Team
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GambleAware to ensure players can receive software free of charge as part of problem gambling treatment

Gamban, the software that allows players to block access to gambling websites and apps, is to receive funding from GambleAware, the UK charity that provides funding for research, education and treatment services designed to reduce gambling-gambling-related harm.  

The Gamban solution was one of a number of solutions to undergo an independent evaluation by benchmarking and assessment software specialist Winning Moves. This compared three specialist gambling solutions and three more general content-blocking products. 

While the other solutions assessed have been kept anonymous, GambleAware has named Gamban after it emerged as the most technically effective at blocking licensed and illegal gambling sites. However, a key stumbling block for players was having to pay for such solutions, and the tools were said to be most effective if used in tandem with other forms of treatment.

As a result GambleAware has agreed to make Gamban available to clients of its national gambling treatment services. This aims to remove the issue of cost, encouraging more at-risk individuals to use the solution should they feel it is needed to limit their gambling. 

This means people that call the National Gambling Helpline after a referral from GamCare, its network of regional partners, the National Problem Gambling Clinic and residential treatment provider the Gordon Moody Association will be given free use of the software. 

“Based on the results of systematic testing, blocking software appears to be generally effective in restricting access to online gambling,” Winning Moves associate director Karl King said. "One gambling-specific package was found to block access to 99% of active gambling websites associated with UK Gambling Commission licences.

“When gamblers experiencing gambling-related harm are not aware of blocking software it can come as a welcome surprise, particularly to those feeling that they had exhausted all other potential self-treatment methods available to them,” King explained. “Blocking software was felt to work best as part of a treatment package tailored to the individual rather than being effective in isolation.”

GambleAware chief executive Mark Etches said that blocking software could be an effective tool for helping at-risk individuals resist temptations from gambling adverts and special offers. 

“This report reinforces the point that such tools work best as part of a treatment package tailored to the individual rather than being effective in isolation,” Etches continued. “This evaluation gives us the confidence we needed to fund the use of this software for anyone who is referred to our treatment services.”

Gamban chief executive Jack Symons added: “Significant investment and dedication in the development of our software has got us to the point where we’re now world-leading in gambling blocking. 

“We’re delighted that this has been recognised by GambleAware, who will provide Gamban for free to those whose treatment they fund."


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