The UK Betting and Gaming Council has today announced that it has unveiled a new Game Design Code of Conduct for the gambling industry in an attempt to encourage safer gambling, curb problem gambling and improve player safety.
The new code of conduct will outline measures for online casino games, such as online slots, that include slowing down the spin speeds on reels when the player clicks on ‘spin’ or selects ‘auto play’, along with table games like RNG roulette.
In addition, gaming features that have previously caused concern within the industry will be banned and safer gambling information will be more readily available via improved access.
Last year the BGC published a document for the Safer Gambling Commitments in a showcase of commitment to driving up standards and the new Game Design Code of Conduct now follows on and reaffirm this commitment.
Before games enter the gambling market, the new conduct is designed to improve player safety and make sure that safer gambling measures are integrated in to the games’ design before going live.
What’s more, the new code of conduct will also introduce mandatory checks on player activity in order to encourage and introduce play-breaks for time out of gaming.
There are a number of major measures proposed by the BGC that will be utilised, including: ‘minimum game cycle speeds of 2.5 seconds, the ending of turbo play, which allows players to speed up games, and the scrapping of multi-slot play, where a player can place multiple stakes on different games at the same time’.
It is not quite clear how this will affect individual game developers that integrate variable speed modes, such as Wazdan’s 3 speed modes.
Michael Dugher of the Betting and Gaming Council shared comment on the Game Design Code of Conduct:
“The BGC was set up last year with the aim of leading a race to the top in terms of standards within the regulated betting industry.
The new Game Design Code of Conduct is yet another example of our determination to address concerns head on and meet our safer gambling commitments.
I’m sure that our members will embrace this approach and commit to its objective of improving player safety.
And as we prepare for the forthcoming Gambling Review, it is further evidence of our industry’s commitment to improving standards – unlike the completely unregulated black market.”