What is Responsible Gaming?
Responsible gaming is concerned with the approach that gamers take to the management of money, time and mood. When these three elements are dealt with in a proportionate, balanced manner, then gaming should remain an entertaining past-time.
Maintaining control over your finances is the cornerstone of responsible gaming, and indeed adult life. Before deciding how much to deposit on the site, it is a good idea to evaluate the state of your finances. Calculate you monthly income, and expenditure, to arrive at a sum that you can comfortably afford to spend for leisure activities.
It is worth mentioning here that money deposited should be considered an expense. This is because games of chance have, by their nature, random outcomes. This means that gamers cannot count on winning, and should accept that losing is an integral part of this type of game. Remember then to treat losses, and wins, as elements of the experience.
Leading on from this we can conclude that gaming should never be treated as an investment. Neither should the responsible gamer incur debts in order to make a deposit. Only deposit what you can afford to lose. Amounts won should be considered as a bonus. In a similar way we can deduce that trying to win back lost money is not a sensible approach to take.
Having calculated how much you can afford each week, or month, it is an excellent idea to make use of the site’s deposit-limit option. In essence, this allows you to choose to deposit up to a certain amount, within a specified frequency. For example, you could decide that you want to spend up to €/£35 a week, you can then choose to have a maximum deposit amount of €/£5 per day. This ensures that you maintain control of your entertainment spending, and therefore do not exceed your budget.
Managing Time Responsibly
As with money, we all have a finite amount of time available to us. It is important to ‘budget’ your time in a similar way to the way you budgeted your money. Assess your time commitments, work, family, hobbies and social commitments. Make sure that these are ring-fenced to avoid neglecting any of these aspects of your life. Make a decision about how long you want to spend gaming. if it would help, consider setting a timer to go off at the time that you want your session to conclude.
Having done so, make sure that you honour your commitment. Occasionally overrunning is okay, but frequently finding yourself exceeding your intended gaming time can indicate a problematic approach. So, listen to your timer,whether you are currently winning, or losing, and continue with other activities, as planned. Self-discipline underscores responsible gaming.
Ensuring the Right Mood for Gaming
Games are, and have always been, a way to express our playful, and creative, side. Online gaming may change the locations available to us in which we can play, and may bring us a host of hitherto impossible opportunities to try new types of games, fundamentally however, they serve the same purpose as ever – to relax.
It is important to avoid gaming while stressed, depressed, anxious, or irritable. These mood states are not conducive to games involving chance. If these feelings are pervasive then it is worth seeking medical advice as they may indicate an underlying problem.
Gaming though, it bears repeating, is not the place to turn to resolve problems of that nature. In the same way, anyone feeling socially isolated might consider seeking an escape in games. Games are indeed an ‘escape’ of sorts, but not from problems. They are an escape from the routines of ordinary life, not a substitute for a life missing something important.
Make sure that you are relaxed, and looking forward to your session gaming on the site. Do not play when tired, or under the influence of alcohol, or similar drugs. You will get the best experience from the site when you can approach the games with a relaxed frame of mind.
Other Aspects of Responsible Gaming
You will understand then that managing your time, money and mood are simple, reasonable steps to responsible gaming that ensure you maintain balance, as well as control. You must also consider the responsibility we have, as adults, to ensure that minors (those below the age of majority, eighteen years of age) do not access gaming sites.
The site’s owners are committed to the principle underlining the laws applicable to underage gambling. It is illegal to permit children to gamble, as it is also forbidden to advertise , or in any way glamourise, gambling to minors. This is a commitment that the site is passionate about, and the operators of the site kindly request that you take reasonable precautions to help protect children – such as avoiding glamourising gambling in the presence of minors.
Having signed up to the site you will be aware that there are security measures in place to identify new subscribers, and to ensure that they are old enough to access all the facilities here. These include KPC and BankID, systems to prevent misuse of identification.
The following steps are strongly recommended to further protect children:
- If you use a shared device, such as a computer, make sure that each user has a separate profile.
- Install a program designed to filter appropriate content, such as Net Nanny or CYBER Sitter.
- Keep your debit, and credit, cards with you, or in a secure place, at all times.
- Keep your banking data secure, so that only you can access, or make use of your funds.
- Logout of your account if you leave your device unattended.
Signs of Problem Gaming
This page has already touches upon mood, and the need to avoid gaming to improve mood – to escape depression and so on. Keep an eye out for any of the following signs which can indicate that gaming is better left until balance has been re-established.
- Regularly exceeding the intended amount of time, or money, spent on site.
- Experiencing anxiety, symptoms of depression, aggression, irritability, or apathy.
- Feeling guilty, even hiding the extent of your spending, or activity, on gaming sites.
- Gambling to escape debts.
- Borrowing to fund deposits.
- Chasing losses, or increasing stakes for greater thrills.
- Skipping work, or social events.
- Experiencing problems maintaining work obligations.
- Disputing with family, or friends, how you are spending your time, and money.
- Neglecting other parts of your daily life.
If any of these symptoms apply, consider these as an indicator that stepping back, or seeking help, would be a good idea for now. Read on for some actions you can take if any of the above issues apply to you, or to someone you have concerns about.
Steps to Re-establish a Healthy, Responsible Attitude to Gaming
- Consider a cooling-off period. The site will let you choose how long (from 1-30 days) you think would benefit you, and then refrain from contacting you in that period. At the same time, you will not be able to access the site.
- Self-exclude. Starting from one year in duration, this option extends to all participating sites, and in the UK, to bookmakers and casinos (Physical outlets.) For more information visit this site.
- Blocking software. Programs like PlayScan, aim to monitor gaming activity and advise users if their actions seem to indicate problems. Others, like Betfilter, and Gamblock, are tailored more to exclusion. Check the options to see what you feel might best serve your needs.
Organisations Offering Support
Gamble Aware is a thorough site devoted to informing visitors about gaming, possible issues that can arise, and resources that can help gamers to remain responsible.
Gamcare offers support options to gamers,and those close to them. They provide a range of links, and advice.
Gambling Therapy offer advice, support, links to other resources, software and therapy. You can access therapy via their app, or the web. Anyone, anywhere in the world can access their services