BGC Ban Multi-Play in New Code of Conduct for Game Design
The Betting and Gaming Council has unveiled a new code of conduct for operators. Under the new guidelines, multi-play is banned, and the minimum spin time is increased to at least 2.5 seconds.
The gambling industry trade body, the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC), has unveiled a new code of conduct that operators must follow in regards to game design. The BGC, which represents 90% of UK-facing operators, are instructing game designers to make changes which they believe will reduce the risk of gambling-related harm. The BGC has committed to bringing in changes under a phased approach with the first stage of changes coming into effect in September this year. The second phase will come into effect at the end of January next year.
In the first raft of changes, that will come into effect from 30 September, members of the BGC must ensure that there is an increase in the slot cycle speed. There must be a minimum of 2.5 seconds from when a player presses start till the end of the spin.
The code of conduct also stipulates that features such as turbo play will be banned, as will multi-slot play in which a player can simultaneously play on different slot offerings at the same time. Another feature that will be prohibited is the ability for a play to perform a ‘slam stop’. Currently, a player can speed up spins; the new rules prevent this with all spins having to come to their natural conclusion.
BGC CEO Michael Dugher said: “The new Game Design Code of Conduct is yet another example of our determination to address concerns head-on and meet our safer gambling commitments. I’m sure that our members will embrace this approach and commit to its objective of improving player safety.
Dugher stated that the changes are being introduced in anticipation of a government review of existing gaming regulations, saying:
As we prepare for the forthcoming gambling review, it is further evidence of our industry’s commitment to improving standards – unlike the completely unregulated black market.– Michael Dugher, BGC CEO.
The BGC has also revealed that as from January next year, operators will be obligated to display information on a player’s session, detailing wins below their stake. Games will no longer give the impression of a win if the total gained from a spin is less than the stake amount.
The code of conduct also requires operators to display a link that will display information on responsible gambling; a safer gambling icon must also be shown, allowing customers easy access to their account information. Customers will also be presented with quick links which will enable them to set playing limits. The Commission has not set a date when this should be in place.
Another requirement is for the operator to perform a welfare check on the customer after one hour of play. The player must acknowledge this message before play can commence.
BGC also detailed a soon-to-be-launched game testing lab; the trade body intends to test games and give feedback to the operators in areas including labelling. You can read more information on the changes to the code of conduct by visiting the BGC website.