Throughout its ‘high-risk’ games, Norsk Tipping has implemented a raft of temporary steps, including a 25 percent reduction in the daily monthly loss cap.
Introduced in the short term to ‘curb risky gaming activity,’ this step will cause clients accessing KongKasino, eFlax, Bingoria and Yezz to lose up to NOK 7,000 per month (£ 592) per month.
In addition, the overall daily loss cap for these games has also been lowered by 50 percent to NOK 2,000 (£170), with the duration of the mandatory break increasing from 90 seconds to 15 minutes after one hour of continuous play.
Åsne Havnelid, CEO of Norsk Tipping said: “We know that gambling problems are increasing in the population, and that December is our biggest gambling month.
“The measures against COVID-19 mean that more people can experience spending more time alone than they usually do during the Christmas month. For vulnerable players, this can lead to more gambling, and we want to prevent that.”
The ‘popular’ label on listed online casino games will also be withdrawn, with customers in the 18-25 year age group to cease marketing by text message and email.
The steps came into force yesterday (Tuesday 1 December) and will continue for the rest of the year as well as January 2021, after which their success will be measured by the Norwegian gambling monopoly. The organisation says it is ‘working on measures that will reverse the negative development in the population in the long term.’
“We will use the experiences from December and January in the decision basis for the long-term measures,” says Havnelid.
In addition, Norsk Tipping also praised its risky behaviour monitor, Playscan, which indicates whether the gaming pattern of a client base is going in a positive or negative direction.
Havnelid added: “Playscan gives us the opportunity to follow the development continuously, and will be a valuable indicator of whether we succeed in reversing the negative development.”