In October 2021, the UK gambling regulator, the Gambling CommissionThe Gambling Commission has implemented changes that have affected the online slot products. These changes are part of a campaign to protect consumers from excessive gambling and gambling-related harm. accelerated game.
Additionally, the changes prohibition of autoplay functionsas well as celebratory messages or effects for losses disguised as victories (LDW). Losses disguised as winnings, considered the illusion of winning, occur when a player receives a payout equal to or less than the amount wagered. Finally, the changes made require operators to display important statistics for players, such as the total win or loss and the duration of the online gaming session.
The Gambling Commission has published a new report, describing the impact of the changes that have been made to online slot machines. The gaming watchdog has confirmed that the changes did not have any unintended adverse consequences and at the same time helped reduce the intensity of the game. More importantly, the Commission pointed out that there was no “increased betting activity in response to the rotational speed limitation”.
” An assessment of the impact of the Gambling Commission’s changes to online gambling for slot machines indicates that they have resulted in a reduction in the intensity of gambling and have not had any adverse unintended consequences,”
reads a statement released by the UKGC
UKGC remains vigilant
Tim MillerCommission director of policy and research, explained that after assessing the impact of the changes, they were found to have no negative impact on player behavior. Additionally, he reiterated that the changes have reduced the intensity of the game. is positive, but we are not satisfied and we will continue to monitor this specific part of the sector”. both for unintended circumstances and for non-compliance”.
” Our evaluation of the changes to online slot games showed signs of reduced intensity of play, with no significant negative impact on play or behaviors.”
Tim Miller, Director of Policy and Research at the Gambling Commission
Citing monitoring data, the Commission confirmed that while the changes introduced a limit to the maximum spin speed, a limited number of players were able to be reached. decrease in the number of high-value stakes has been observed. At the same time, gaming sessions lasting over an hour have also decreased. In addition to the absence of unintended adverse consequences, the latest assessment found that the the simultaneous practice of several games also decreased since the changes were implemented.