The British Amusement Catering Trade Association (BACTA) revealed their opposition to the fixed-odd betting machines (FOBTs).
UK.- The British government is assessing the operation of fixed-odd betting terminals (FOBTs) in order to propose regulations that could limit the services. Meanwhile, the British Amusement Catering Trade Association (BACTA) supported the idea of reducing operations, as “these machines are causing enormous harm to thousands of people on a weekly basis.”
“The bookmaking industry has gone on the offensive and is spinning, misrepresenting recent reports and attacking adult gaming centres. They have also suggested that our industry is weak on social responsibility. MPs need to understand that these machines have cost our industry thousands of jobs and caused nearly 50 per cent of AGCs to close in the last decade,” explained the BACTA in a statement.
Currently, the UK government is focused on controlling the operation of FOBTs, as the Gambling Commission published evidence that they could be harmful for players. The gaming activity has faced Parliamentary inquiry and could be limited by new laws, which would establish lower minimum bets.