Online gambling software specialist Bede Gaming has thrown its support behind Responsible Gambling Week, with a series of awareness initiatives outlined as it strives to become the ‘safest place to play.’

The week long internal campaign is designed to highlight major issues, technological challenges and realities of problem gambling, as Bede aims to educate its 177-strong staff roster “as to how a responsible gaming company is more sustainable and successful”.

Alex Butcher, CEO, Bede Gaming, explained: “RG Week is just the beginning of our journey to becoming a more responsible member of the gaming industry, and practising what we preach.

“Raising awareness and discussing openly the issues involved, as well as engaging everyone to improve our responsible gaming tools and technologies, plays a crucial part in our long-term vision of being the safest place to play.

“We have a responsibility to both the industry and our staff to keep gambling safe and fun.”

During the week Bede has arrange a variety of initiatives and activities which it plans to drive forward in the coming months, these include:

  • A series of staff awareness initiatives, encouraging every technical and non-technical employee to examine how Bede can improve RG methods, and enhance its own RG technology tools.
  • The integration of staff RG policies within the Bede Gaming employee handbook, ensuring the company is taking every step possible to look after the mental health and welfare of its staff.
  • A seminar delivered by a reformed problem gambler, to highlight the risks and to educate staff on spotting problem gambling behaviours.

Patrick Foster, business development manager of education at Epic Risk Management, who is speaking to Bede employees this week, added: “It’s great to see Bede Gaming embracing RG week, and taking the necessary steps on their journey to achieving their vision of being the safest place to play.

“If my story can help them achieve this through educating their staff and customers it can only be a good thing.

“At Epic Risk Management, we have all had problems with gambling, and are now putting our experiences into helping the industry become more empowered and positive towards safer gambling practices.

“We want the industry to be fun, not destructive, and we’re starting to see a shift in attitudes towards more responsible gambling.

“The more companies like Bede that can get on board with better practices and policies, the more successful and enjoyable the industry will be.”