Online players must choose the maximum playing time and the maximum amount of money they are willing to spend. These new parameters are included in the draft royal decree for safer gaming environments to be approved by the Executive.
The proposal is drawn in the last draft of the royal decree of the General Directorate of Gaming, coming from the Ministry of Consumption that leads Alberto Garzn. Those responsible are now analyzing about thirty allegations that they received until August 9 in the process of public hearing.
“The assessment of this decree is positive, we understand that measures are being incorporated to protect the player and avoid addictive behaviors,” he says. Juan Lams, technical director of the Spanish Federation of Rehabilitated Gamblers (FEJAR).
Once this evaluation is completed, it will be sent to the European Commission, It will also make its contributions and eventually go back to the State Council for approval later this year or early 2022.
The player decides until when and how much
From that moment, while article 12 of the royal decree remains, those who participate in any of the online games included in the “Other games” license (bingo, punto, blackjack, roulette, and gambling machines), They will have to select certain parameters before they can play.
Thus, the session will end when the set amount is over or when the time that the player has previously selected is up. However, at the end of the session the player could later start a new one.
What is intended is that the player does not lose control of his own decisions derived from the desire to win. “What the decree establishes is a cooling time for that person before they can log in again. Once the periods indicated by the operator, which are close to 24 hours, have passed, the player will have to request a new session” , explains Lams,
In any case, the player cannot spend beyond the limits established by law, that is, 600 euros a day or 1,500 a week. These limits allow those in charge of drafting the royal decree to distinguish between various types of players, including “intensive”, that is, those who exceed 50% of the daily deposit limit (300 euros), or the weekly ( 750 euros) for three consecutive days or weeks, depending on the case. In the case of young people, these will become “intensive” if they have spent 25% of the limits set or, what is the same, 150 euros for two days in a row, or 375 euros for two weeks.
Experts consider that if these amounts are exceeded, a “disorderly game” can occur, something that only a very small percentage of active players can do at some point, around 15%.
More than 85% of active players (in total in Spain there are 1.5 million) do not reach these amounts, and that is why what this rule is about is intensify measures so that your game does not end up in a problem game.
In addition, in order to avoid indebtedness in the case of “intensive” online players, the credit card as a form of payment will be banned. In this way they will have to pay in debit or with a cash card.
In short, the measure implies that nowhere can they spend more money than they have at that moment, since those responsible for the Game have detected in recent years a growth in average spending per player: they spend more and more and there is also a increase in the accounts of young people, especially between 18 and 19 years old.
Average annual spending per player was 312 euros in 2016 and 533 euros in 2020, a range that has progressively increased in four years.
According to the ‘Online Player Report 2020’, prepared by the Directorate General for Gaming, there is an annual growth of online players of 8.36%. The profile of the players is predominantly male (82.33%) and the vast majority (83.68%) are concentrated in the age group between 18 and 45 years old.
Therefore, the draft of the royal decree establishes more prevention mechanisms for all players and but puts a focus on young people, whom operators will not be able to include in their privileged customer programs or VIP, where more special attention is received.
Nor can they be offered gifts or compensation and they will receive messages, if they are “intensive”, warning of this condition. On the other hand, Lams explains that the decree has an effect on the operators including in their area of corporate responsibility, “control mechanisms such as the training of their employees to detect addictive behaviors, and that the players are sent to paid treatment centers. by companies “, he points out.
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