Responsible Gaming at VideoGame.bet
With the increased popularity of esports betting, responsible and problem gambling in regards to esports and video game betting has come into focus. It can often be difficult to tell where responsible gambling ends and problem gambling begins, on this page we will outlay the differences and the measures you can take.

What is Responsible Gambling?
A responsible gambler is one who bets on esports and video games for fun and entertainment value while appreciating the risks associated likewise with gambling. Being mindful, such gamblers are able to control their wagering, maintaining a balance between their betting and other life pursuits.

Importantly, responsible gambling is not just about any one individual. It also requires those within the gaming industry to raise awareness by providing resources, educating casual gamblers and helping them recognise the signs of problem gambling in themselves, family, friends and colleagues.

What is Problem Gambling?
A problem gambler is one who is having difficulty limiting both the amount they are wagering and likewise, the time they are spending focusing on their esports betting. We can say this behaviour becomes problematic when it begins to have an adverse impact on both the professional and personal lives of the gambler.

While many gamblers are able to recognise that their wagering is negatively impacting their lives, many are not as capable. In this respect, we may define a problem gambler as one who is able to recognise the negative impact of their betting, but is unable to take the steps required to get their wagering under control.

Are you a Problem Gambler?
Do you feel that your wagering is having a negative impact on your life? Are you struggling to deal with increasing credit card debt as a result of your gambling? Having trouble paying your bills and other financial obligations? Is your gambling a priority over family and professional commitments? Are you chasing losses in the hope of resolving your financial concerns?

Assessing Gambling Behaviour
If your gambling is a concern, we encourage you to perform a risk assessment test. Consider your behaviour over the last 12 months and answer the following questions:

  • Have you bet more than you could afford to lose?
  • Have you needed to bet in larger amounts to get the same feeling of excitement?
  • Have you felt the need to go back the next day to win back losses?
  • Have you borrowed money or sold anything to provide the funds to gamble?
  • Have you felt you might have a problem with gambling?
  • Has your gambling caused health concerns including stress and/or anxiety?
  • Has your gambling caused financial stress?
  • Has your gambling left you feeling guilty or ashamed?

If you answered yes to a number of these questions, you may be a problem gambler. While you may be feeling isolated, the good news is that you are not alone and there are plenty of organisations prepared to help you with your recovery. Have a look at the resources below and take steps to keep your gambling problem under control.

Problem Gambling Resources
There are a number of sites providing gamblers with resources and information to one, keep their gambling under control and two, to assist problem gamblers through their recovery. In the UK, the most notable of these are:

BEGAMBLEAWARE.ORG
As stated on the BeGambleAware website, visiting BeGambleAware:

“you’ll find advice and get access to free, confidential help by phone or online. You can learn about how gambling works, check if you or someone you know may have a gambling problem, and find tips on how to stay in control.”

Regarding problem gambling as a public health issue, BeGambleAware dedicates itself to:

  1. Research initiatives
  2. Public awareness campaigns such as Bet Regret
  3. Access to practical services such as health, psychological and financial services such as the National Gambling Treatment Service.

As its name suggests BeGambleAware provides users with a deep library of resources to not only determine if their gambling or the gambling of someone they know is becoming an issue, but also the resources to assist problem gamblers through their recovery. You’ll also find access to the National Gambling Helpline Freephone line (which you can call on 0808 8020 133, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week) as well as access to their live chat helpline.

Other Resources for Assisting Problem Gamblers
Below you will find a selection of links to a number of resources for promoting responsible gambling and for assisting problem gamblers including:

  1. gamblersanonymous.org.uk
  2. gamcare.co.uk
  3. gamstop.co.uk
  4. National problem gambling clinic

Responsible Gambling Measures
Esports Betting Bookmakers and casino operators provide a number of tools to help you keep your gambling responsible. These include but are not limited to:

Self Exclusion
Self Exclusion gives customers the ability to exclude themselves from their website and wagering for a selected period of time. Once the exclusion period has been set, the customer cannot gain access to their betting account until the period of exclusion has ended.

Pre-commitment Deposit Limits
So called Deposit Limits provide customers with the ability to set limits on the amount they can deposit. Once a customer has committed to a deposit limit, the limit cannot be raised for a certain number of days, while lowering the limit is typically allowed at any time.

We hope the information provided on this page will help you and assist you in taking measures to prevent problem gambling.

Know your limit and play within it. Please play responsibly and gamble for fun, not to win.

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