BCLC’s GameSense Initiative Gets a Boost Stateside as More Casino Pl
MGM Springfield reportedly wants to adopt the model used by BCLC through their GameSense program to tackle many of the problems that can arise from problem gambling
GameSense, the responsible gambling initiative that was launched in 2009 by the British Columbia Lottery Corporation, has done great working in cutting down the problems with gambling addiction across British Columbia. In fact, there were reports earlier this month that responsible gambling was set to take centre stage across B.C. to combat ongoing addiction issues.
Well, it now seems clear that many other casinos and provinces across the country are focused on achieving this as well, with heavy hitters such as Gateway pledging a commitment to responsible gambling. The gambling industry is one that brings millions to the Canadian economy every year, and it is important to protect this as much as possible. That is the reason why BCLC came up with the GameSense initiative in the first place, and the reason so many are trying to adopt it.
At the turn of the year Attorney General David Eby spoke of a plan to tackle problem gambling across Canada, and this led to responsible gaming pledges from a host of different organisations. And it seems like this has resulted in more and more companies making use of the GameSense initiative. But, in an interesting turn of events, it doesn’t seem that this is exclusively limited to Canada either.
Indeed, it seems that this is something that has taken off stateside, with new Massachusetts-based casino MGM Springfield pledging to use GameSense. The new casino is thought to be a massive development for the area, but it is predicted that the introduction of the casino will see a rise in problem gambling rates, and this is the last thing anybody wants.
MGM Springfield reportedly wants to adopt the model used by BCLC through their GameSense program to tackle many of the problems that can arise from problem gambling. Knowing what can cause problems with this, and how to cut it off at the source is so important for pioneering ethical and responsible gambling, and keeping the establishments ethically sound.
With $960 million spent on the casino, the last thing the company wants to be dealing with is costly lawsuits from gambling addicts. Around 2% of those in the state are reported to apparently have issues with problem gambling. And while all states and provinces have their own organisations to deal with gambling addiction, many believe that the casinos can do more.
The idea seems to be that GameSense advisors will be available throughout casinos in Massachusetts, starting with MGM Springfield. The casino will need to comply with existing gambling protocols, and work on introducing the GameSense initiative into an already existing framework.
This is a development that could see GameSense used on a global scale across the entire gambling industry. It certainly seems there is a need for it in other parts of Canada, especially after recent claims by a former addict that Nova Scotia anti-gambling funds were not being used correctly.
The implementation of anti-gambling initiatives throughout Canada can only be a positive thing. And if the United States is actually adopting programs initiatives from across the border this is going to bring more positive attention to the Canadian gambling industry as a result as well.