NUS to Offer Free Responsible Gambling App Through Gamban Partnership

The National Union of Students (NUS) has moved to help those affected by problem gambling issues by partnering with app developer Gamban.


Gamban partners with NUS to give students across the UK free access to its responsible gambling app. (Image: Vimeo/Gamban)

Following a report by the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) which showed that 100,000 students have been in debt as a result of betting, the NUS has taken action. Through the new collaboration with Gamban, students across the UK will now be able to use a single app to manage their online gambling activities.

Free Help for Students

The desktop and mobile application will be free to anyone with a email address and will provide a one-stop-shop for vulnerable individuals. By installing the app on up to three devices, users will no longer be able to access gambling sites.

Additionally, the software monitors user activity and feeds data back to a central cloud where the analytics are used to help track and predict potentially harmful behaviour.

As well as helping students control their gambling activity, the partnership between Gamban and NUS should also help operators. In a recent letter to the Remote Gambling Association (RGA), UKGC Executive Director Tim Miller described the nationwide GAMSTOP program as not yet fit for purpose.

Although GAMSTOP allows people to self-exclude themselves from all gambling sites using a single platform, tests have shown marketing material is still be sent to blocked users.

Between this and recent social responsibility failures by operators such as 888 Gaming, Miller wants the industry as a whole to do more. With third-parties working to combat problem gambling, at least some amount of pressure will be lifted from the operators themselves.

Industry Insiders Must Do More

However, as its done since it took charge of regulating the industry, the UKGC is always looking to improve standards. On May 3, the regulatory body published its Responsible Gambling Strategy Board’s (RGSB) progress report.

Although executives acknowledged that social responsibility provisions have increased over the last two years, the report also highlighted areas that haven’t progressed at a desired rate.

“We need continued strong partnerships with other regulators, consumer representatives and government. Most importantly, we need the industry to step up and work to raise standards and reduce the risk of harm,” reads a May 3 press release.

The collaboration between Gamban and NUS should help to improve standards within the student sector and, moreover, the country as a whole. However, with the UKGC’s three-year social responsibility overhaul now in its final year, more initiatives like this will be required is standards are to be met.

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