Today, we kick off Responsible Gaming Education Week (RGEW), a week when the gaming industry shines a spotlight on an important issue that our members and broader industry commit to all year long.
Gaming operators and manufacturers across the country will commemorate the industry’s responsible gaming efforts by holding dozens of local events and responsible gaming educational activities this week.
The American Gaming Association (AGA) is proud to join the leaders of the National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) and the Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers (AGEM) as we recognize the industry’s responsible gaming efforts:
Ernie Stevens, Jr., chairman of NIGA:
“Steadfast support of responsible gaming is central to tribal gaming operations. Our members believe effective responsible gaming programs are essential to the wellbeing of the communities where we operate, the millions of guests we welcome to tribal casinos each year, and our employees who are on the front lines of providing responsible gaming resources to our customers. We’re proud of our continuous efforts to ensure a safe, fun environment for our customers.”
Marcus Prater, executive director of AGEM:
“Since AGEM’s founding, we have recognized the vital importance of responsible gaming programs and have supported national and local organizations focused on advancing responsible gaming research, treatment and education. AGEM Director of Responsible Gaming Connie Jones leads our efforts that are focused on ensuring that consumers enjoy our products responsibly.”
Industry-wide, gaming companies strive year-round to train employees on the most effective responsible gaming practices, ensuring that gaming patrons have easy access to information and resources.
The gaming industry has voluntarily dedicated tens of millions of dollars to responsible gaming efforts over the years and their tax revenues generate millions more to support education, prevention and treatment programs – from more than $8 million annually in Pennsylvania to $2.5 million in Louisiana to more than $3 million every year in Iowa.
As you recognize responsible gaming this week and throughout the year, please note that the AGA’s enhanced materials and collateral are available on our website and the AGA online store. Further, the National Center for Responsible Gaming and National Council on Problem Gambling provide resources and education materials.
The AGA, NIGA and AGEM are proud to lead the gaming industry’s steadfast commitment to responsible gaming programs and we thank you for your partnership and continued work every day of the year on this important issue.