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Unibet takes on problem gambling with free site locking software

18th January 2016 / lee

Operator Unibet have teamed up anti-gambling software company Betfilter to try and help stem problem gambling. Through the deal, Unibet will offer to pay a full subscription to the Betfilter software, to self-excluded gamblers in order to try and prevent them from feeding their addictions by using other gambling operators.

So Unibet will pay the Betfilter licensing cost to customers who are known to have a gambling problem. Problem gamblers would previously have been advised to go and get Betfilter software, which blocks access to all gambling-related websites, but that came at a cost of £49 per year. That is what Unibet will be covering.

“Unibet takes a proactive approach to identifying the signs of problem gambling, through our unique proprietary systems, but our customers also need support in refraining from gambling when needed,” Maris Bonello, integrity analytics manager of Unibet, said.

“That is why we are offering this software free to our customers,” Bonello continued.

As part of the deal, Unibet will also be offering free Betfilter licences to gambling addiction treatment centres, such as the UK’s Breakeven, to help people currently undergoing therapy.

“We are excited to work together with Unibet on trying to help online problem gamblers and also support treatment organisations with our blocking software,” Per Albertsen, a spokesperson for Betfilter, said.

“It is great to see a respected gaming operator like Unibet take a direct, responsible and serious approach towards helping online problem gamblers and their families,” he added.

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