DraftKings and BetBlocker announce responsible gambling collaboration
| By Zak Thomas-Akoo
Sports betting operator DraftKings has announced a collaboration with responsible gaming not-for-profit BetBlocker, in order to increase awareness of and access to BetBlocker’s self-exclusion software.
The software allows consumers to set restrictions on their gambling activities across their devices for thousands of gaming sites across all regions, regardless of whether the sites themselves are regulated or the operators licensed.
“BetBlocker’s contributions to safer play are commendable and DraftKings is pleased to team up with this enterprising and disruptive not-for-profit that is advancing responsible gaming in a comprehensive and consumer friendly way,” said Chrissy Thurmond, DraftKings’ senior director of responsible gaming.
“We share BetBlocker’s vision that technology and innovation are critical to promoting safer play, and we extend a warm welcome to BetBlocker as they build their footprint in North America, following widespread success across the pond.”
According to BetBlocker, the free tool does not harvest personal data and allows users to download the software anonymously. Consumers can choose how long or in what capacity the restrictions last for; including a range of lengths stretching from days to years, as well as calendar blocking functionalities.
“BetBlocker is thrilled to have the support of sports betting and gaming industry giant, DraftKings, to extend our software outside the UK and Europe, to players in the United States and Canada,” said Pedro Romero, BetBlocker chief of safer gambling partnerships.”
“We’ve been impressed with DraftKings’ leadership in responsible gaming and we are grateful for their collaboration and financial support as we look to expand awareness of safer play technology.
“We encourage other operators to follow DraftKings’ example of going above and beyond what is required region by region, to ensure all players have the knowledge and tools to bet responsibly.”
DraftKings offers financial support to the US state councils and affiliates of the national council on problem gambling through its state council funding programme. In May, the business launched its sports betting and igaming services in Ontario.