How to block esports gambling sites

Albert Sheng • August 10, 06:05

How to Block eSport Gambling Sites

Gambling gives users an adrenaline high, but at the same time has an addictive undercurrent to it. Even when taken online, these problems persisted. 

The threat of compulsive gambling is real and should be handled with care. The UK began its blocking tactic to help those with serious problems with gambling to deal with them. 

Those who have a habit or are vulnerable to falling prey to it can seek free help from various sources. Countries have developed many different techniques and methods to ensure that players have the ability to quit gambling cold turkey. This includes:

  • blocking gambling transactions
  • blocking websites
  • self-exclusion

BetBlocker

This 2019 app, available for Android, iOS, Linux, and Mac, was developed and adopted by casino operators. Players can ban themselves from gambling for the length of time they select. BetBlocker also allows the exclusion of gambling operators. 

Over 6,000 users are registered in it now with the ability to block themselves off from a long list of popular betting sites. Both licensed and unlicensed platforms fall under its purview. 

Gamstop

National Online Self-Exclusion Scheme Limited (NOSES Ltd.) operates this service. Registration is mandatory and the ban is unconditional. GamStop has a self-exclusion policy of 6 months, 1 year, or 5 years. The applicable sites are the ones licensed by the United Kingdom Gambling Commission (UKGC). 

It is run by a non-profit organization and a recent law compels all websites to join GamStop as a condition for getting licensed for legal operation. However, there are hundreds of different non GamStop online casinos accepting Brits which do not have UKGC license and freely accept GamStop players. Even when using such casinos, players should always play and gamble responsibly.

Gamban

Launched by GambleAware in 2015, GamBan is a platform blocker. The organization runs a project aimed at responsible gambling and has a vested interest in reducing gambling-related harm. The app is available on Android, iOS, Windows, and MacOS. GamBan simply needs to be installed and it will block access to selected sites. 

One can choose any number of platforms. The difficulty in uninstalling makes it an effective anti-addiction tool. At the same time, it is advisable to read the software licensing conditions thoroughly before installing.

WiFi/Mobile Carrier

Besides apps and tools, ISPs themselves can deny individuals access to gambling sites. The settings of the devices offer these choices and if not, users can contact their service providers to inquire about this feature. The process is quick and convenient in most cases 

For example, The Betting and gambling council (BGC) has introduced new policies to prevent youths from seeing misleading advertisements that glorify gambling on various media channels. A mix of self-driven software tools and federal policies ensure that addictive gambling can be avoided.

Online Banking

Various apps block transactions to and from betting and casino sites. They are operable via mobile phones too. The process is quick and hassle-free despite bank-to-bank variations. An app has to be downloaded which will restrict transactions with the sites. 

The primary advantage to this method lies in the ability to block betting providers instantly without any hassle. It’s a popular choice for exclusion from betting sites as well, since it is a single portal system.

Tools on Gaming Site

Gambling sites also typically offer their own options for self-exclusion from betting. The tools vary from site to site and the procedure is straightforward. 

They can be typically done through customer service representatives or through the user settings pages on the site. Besides bans, they allow more granular control like time management and a ceiling limit on money spent.

Conclusion

Online gambling is a wonderful source of entertainment as it provides a new way to engage with sports. It’s a safeguard against sure boredom in the locked-down lifestyle. 

However, it comes with a risk of falling prey to addiction, losing quality time with family, and the feeling of a loss of control. Users should be disciplined with their money and quick to take action if they think they may have a problem.  Thankfully, it’s much easier to quit gambling in some ways than it is to start.

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