Spanish gambling regulator, The Dirección General de Ordenación del Juego (DGOJ), recently announced its three-year plan for the gambling industry in the country. In its announcement, the gambling regulator has emphasized its commitment to social responsibility and ensuring higher standards of compliance and consumer protection.
The gambling regulator released the outline of their robust three-year plan, which they would be following for the period between 2019-2022. The DGOJ said that it would categorically focus on creating a safer gambling environment; encourage innovation across all sectors in the gambling industry; bring in new measures to promote responsible gambling and curb gambling addiction.
In its release to the press, Juan Espinosa, Director General of the DGOJ said: “Our commitment to society, public health, and responsible gaming, as well as transparency and accountability, includes the annual dissemination of the degree of compliance with the service commitments declared in this Letter through our institutional website www.ordenacionjuego.es”
The online gambling market is expanding in Spain, and in the latest financial report, it was revealed that the online gaming revenue jumped by 20 percent for the first quarter in 2019. The year-on-year online gaming revenue in Spain was recorded €193.25m ($216.16m).
As online gambling is becoming more popular, concerns about consumer protection and increasing gambling addiction are also gaining a voice. Earlier in May, Spain’s acting Ombudsman, Francisco Fernández Marugán, called for banning gambling adverts in the country. He opined that “The phenomenon of spreading the game without control, and especially if the players are minors, has characteristics similar to those of tobacco or drug use.”