A new program that will help protect vulnerable gamblers was rolled out by the industry’s Remote Gambling Association (RGA) last week. The scheme, to be known as GAMSTOP, is set to meet the conditions for responsible gambling that were directed in the UK’s 2014 Gambling Act. What stands out most with the new GAMSTOP program, is that it will include a self-exclusion scheme, where gamblers have the option to bar themselves from any UK Gambling Commission licensed remote casino by simply visiting the GAMSTOP website. This will streamline the process for problem gamblers, and help them make wise decisions about their gambling habits. By visiting the site, problem gamblers will also be able to find assistance through support services that will be promoted by GAMSTOP. The director of social responsibility for the RGA, Fiona Palmer said that the association has reached “a very exciting stage” in the development of GAMSTOP. She said that the new branding has now been established and the process design is extremely well advanced, adding that the focus, in the coming months, will be on technology integration and industry communication. The Remote Gambling Association (RGA) is confident that it will be capable of delivering a self-exclusion scheme on the national scale that is needed to help consumers who require this type of assistance in order to manage their gambling, according to Palmer. The UK Gambling Commission’s program director, Paul Hope, also spoke about GAMSTOP. “The ability for consumers to exclude themselves from all online gambling with a single request will be a powerful tool for those that need it,” he said. “We welcome the work the RGA is doing to develop GAMSTOP and look forward to it becoming available.” About the Remote Gambling Association Launched in 2005, the RGA is the world’s largest online gambling trade association which represents most of the biggest licensed and stock market listed igambling operators and software providers in the industry. The group counts among its members companies such as Microgaming, NetEnt, Playtech, Unibet and William Hill. On its official website, the RGA urges online gamblers to always gamble responsibly, pointing out that players should avoid chasing losses, should only gamble with money they can afford to lose, should not let gambling affect relationships with family and friends and should always remember that they are buying fun and not investing their money in gaming sessions. Self-Exclusion Programs in Europe Self-exclusion at online casinos is not a new concept in Europe and the United Kingdom, and many operators already offer this type of scheme. The difference now is that the self-exclusion can be done through one website, instead of going to each separate operator to enter the program. Over 800,000 Brits took advantage of self-exclusion programs offered by online operators in the year ending March 2016, according to the latest UK gambling market statistics.