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Response to the Gambling Commission’s Consultation on the national strategy to reduce gambling harms

Parent Zone welcomed the Gambling Commission’s Consultation on the national strategy to reduce gambling harms, as an opportunity to highlight the harms which result from the links between gaming and gambling, and in particular, skin-gambling and loot boxes. The Gambling Commission invited all interested bodies to offer their views on the future National Responsible Gambling Strategy, following the close of the last strategy in March 2019. They sought views on the 5 priority areas which can be read about here.

In our response, we focus on ‘Priority Area 2: Prevention and Education’, drawing on our expertise in helping families, educators, children and frontline services with some of the issues caused or amplified by the digital age. We held our position that there needs to be a change in legislation to recognise loot boxes as a form of gambling and to tighten the regulation that allows skin gambling sites to proliferate. Therefore, we called on the Gambling Commission to consider:

  1. Parent Zone’s awareness-raising campaign of skin gambling, to push for a change in legislation to include loot boxes in games as a form of gambling so they can be regulated by the Gambling Commission.

  2. How the gaming industry refusing to take responsibility allows children to continue to gamble online via games, resulting in families experiencing harm.

To read the full response click the attachment below: