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   Wednesday, April 17 2024 
ARJEL: 33 new recommendations to fight against gambling addiction

After three years of opening, the French market of online games, including poker, knows new further changes through the publication of new recommendations by the French Regulation Authority of online games (ARJEL). In France, game addiction affects 600,000 persons according to the survey realized by this authority before the opening of the market in June, 2010. On last Friday, April 26th, the ARJEL published 33 recommendations which aim to strengthen the fight against addiction to online games which include online poker, sports and horse betting. These measures focus on four main areas namely the improvement of player’s sensitization methods, the strengthening of regulation devices, the optimization of measures of detection and treatments of players concerned by addiction and finally the evaluation of possible evolution of problem of « excessive or pathological » game in France, according to the taken measures.

Among the new recommendations, the ARJEL plans to limit advertising spot of games operators and for Internet advertising, plans a penalty for operators who will transgress rules. This authority also wants to simplify the registration procedures on the file of prohibited of games which currently has 33,000 names. It recommends to operators the implementation of a warning system for players who invest a large amount of money. As a reminder, the online gambling game industry has 31 operators approved by this police of online gambling including 15 in poker, 8 in sports betting and 8 in horse betting. In 2012, the total amount of online games betting reaches 9.408 billion euro.

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