Update approved by members
Spain’s gambling regulator, the Dirección General de Ordenación del Juego (DGOJ), has announced that gambling addiction will be classed as a mental disorder after updating its 2019-20 Responsible Gaming Program.
update was approved by the Responsible Gaming Advisory Council (CAJR) following a vote
The update was approved by the Responsible Gaming Advisory Council (CAJR) following a vote among its members. Now that it has passed, a series of measures will be rolled out over the coming months to combat Spain’s alarming gambling problem.
A study is the next step
The CAJR and the DGOJ will work together to develop a list of important variables that can help identify if a person has a problem with gambling. It will also be conducting further research to assess the extent of gambling addiction in Spain.
The DGOJ believes that better decisions can be made by using such data. It also believes that such a measure will provide a path for public policies on the issue. This data can also help with issues that are related, such as the social impact of problem gambling.
The focus will be on individuals on the self-exclusion list. The study will look at the personal situations and backgrounds of these people. There will also be an investigation into the operators used by these gamblers.
New alert system being created
The DGOJ has also revealed that it is creating an alert system. This system will flag cases of fraud when people register at an online gambling website. Verification of ID is now a mandatory step for regulators.
There is an existing player verification system that is used by operators in Spain use, which was provided to them by the DGOJ. However, there are further services needed as part of this verification system to make it better.
system will flag cases of fraud when people register at an online gambling website
The new alert service will flag any attempts that have been made to register an account using the same personal details as someone who has already registered.
Speaking about this system, the DGOJ said: “This complements the rest of the work that the DGOJ is doing to reinforce the guarantees of the identity verification process prior to the activation of user registration.”
Problem gambling rife in Spain
These new policies have been introduced to address concerns about the alarming rates of gambling addiction in Spain.
Online gambling in the country has increased from 2012 to 2017 by 387%. Spain has also been found to have Europe’s highest proportion of teenage gamblers. The proliferation of gambling has also resulted in numerous protests taking place across the country.
Calls have also been made for the introduction of restrictions on gambling ads in the country. Some have called for a blanket ban similar to the one in place in Italy. Others want similar restrictions to the rules in place for the tobacco industry.
Despite all of these issues, a lot of people believe that gambling is an ideal way to help the struggling economy in Spain. A significant amount of revenue is generated by the sector and the country has lowered taxes for online gambling operators.