BetBlocker, the responsible gambling app funded and developed by alternative dispute mediation service ThePOGG.com, has been approved as a charity in the UK.
The BetBlocker app enables users to self-exclude from gambling by blocking access to more than 6,700 betting websites. Once a user has activated the block, they are unable to reverse this until the exclusion period has ended.
BetBlocker covers both licensed and unlicensed brands, with users able to restrict themselves from illegal gambling services that are not subject to the UK Gambling Commission’s rule and regulations.
“We started BetBlocker to assist vulnerable player who were complaining to our service about gambling operators,” ThePOGG.com manager Duncan Garvie said. “The project has proved to be far more popular that we ever expected and has expanded far beyond the original user base it was intended to help.
“It has become abundantly clear that the service that BetBlocker offers is one that a large number of people could benefit from.”
BetBlocker will now seek new partners in the gambling industry for additional funding and support the organisation as an approved charity. Garvie said that BetBlocker will focus on working with partners committed to responsible gambling.
Consumers will also be invited to make a donation to BetBlocker, but the app will remain free to use for all players.
“There are many organisations, both charitable and businesses, within the gambling industry that see providing assistance to those experiencing gambling addiction as a priority and we have no doubt that cooperation with other groups will help ensure that BetBlocker continues to grow and develop in a manner that ensures that it offers the most useful service possible,” Garvie said.
“We will accept donations form players where they choose to give, but the best action players can take to help the BetBlocker project is to contribute to us via the Amazon Smile program.
“This program allows Amazon users to trigger a small additional donation to BetBlocker at no extra cost to themselves every time they purchase something through the online retailer.
“With enough people making small contributions in this manner we can ensure that BetBlocker remains available for any one who feels they need support to control their gambling.”