EPIC look ahead to U.S. Responsible Gaming Education Week

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EPIC Risk Management believes that a sustainable gaming industry can only be achieved with a responsible approach to highlighting the reality of problem gambling. To do this, we believe that empowering organisations and individuals to create the desire for positive change and create a safe and sustainable industry is the best interest of everyone in the gaming industry.

That is why we welcome the American Gaming Association (AGA) Responsible Gaming Education Week as an opportunity for all within the industry to showcase their dedication to responsible gaming programs. EPIC welcomes, and echoes AGA’s commitment to fostering responsible gaming, and addressing problem gambling head-on, to ensure that patrons play responsibly and those who need help have the resources they need.

In such a landmark week for responsible gaming education, we are reminded that the U.S. betting and gaming industry are experiencing a period of unprecedented growth, due in no small part to the legalisation of sports wagering across many states. As with any period of growth, this naturally comes with risk, as these new markets and opportunities will almost certainly lead to increased levels of play, spend, and therefore vulnerability amongst the gambling and gaming industries' customer base. To mitigate these risks, we believe it’s essential that industry operators endorse responsible gambling and gaming to all players, ensure customer protection is placed at the forefront of their priorities and legislation and regulation are fit for purpose and adhered to.

As the world’s leading independent gambling harm-minimisation consultancy, who delivers ground-breaking harm minimisation programs, responsible gambling training, and class-leading advisory we believe that our experience and expertise can provide this bourgeoning industry with the training, development needed to ensure a responsible industry. To help individuals and organisations across the highest risk sectors minimise the risks posed by gambling harm, EPIC’s approach is built on the foundation of four pillars, which are:

1. Lived Experience - EPIC draws on over 40 years combined lived experience to inform and underpin our work

2. Research - We combine lived experience with the latest research and evidence-based approaches

3. Prevention – EPIC provides world-leading education and training programs and executive advisory for the sectors most at risk of gambling harm

4. Policy – Ensuring legislation and regulation is fit for purpose and effective in reducing the risks of problem gambling and gambling harm

In 2020, the EPIC Risk Management U.S. operation is expanding and mirroring the growth in the States. Earlier this year we announced our work with the National Football League Players’ Association (NFLPA) further to our partnership with the Division on Addiction at Cambridge Health Alliance, a Harvard Medical School teaching hospital, on research into elite athletes' relationships with problematic gambling behaviour and our overarching partnership with GVC Foundation US.

We were also delighted to announce the addition of highly influential responsible and problem gambling advocate Brianne Doura-Schawohl from the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) earlier this month (September). Brianne will be a panellist for the American Gaming Association’s Redefining Responsible Gambling for Today’s Gaming Industry webinar, during Responsible Gaming Education Week on Tuesday, September 15, from 2 pm - 3:30 pm EDT. Register for the Webinar here

https://www.americangaming.org/event/redefining-responsible- gambling-for-todays-gaming-industry/