The Betting and Gaming Council, UK’s trade body for the gambling industry, has just released a new code of conduct that targets the design of online casino games to boost the safety of players and deal with compulsive gambling.
Part of the new code of conduct focuses on the slowing down of the speeds at which the slot machine spin and barring a range of concerning in-game features for the slots. Additionally, this Game Design Code of Conduct also introduces mandatory checks on the activity of players in the games and setting up breaks in the course of the gameplay. There will also be improved access to information about safer gambling in the games to ensure that players can seek professional help right away in case they feel that things are getting out of hand.
Some of the most significant commitments for BGC’s new code of conduct for the design of games include abolishing turbo play, which currently allows players to increase the slot speed, and the introduction of a minimum speed of 2.5 seconds for the game cycle. The newly announced code is also calling for the scrapping of multi-play slot machines, which allow gamers to place wagers on different slot machine games at a go.
The new code is a follow up to BGC’s safer gambling commitments that the trade body published back in 2019. All the new measures are expected to be in place by the end of September, to usher in safer gambling for the wider gaming industry.