The Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers (AGEM), along with its 184 member companies from 22 countries, has joined the American Gaming Association (AGA) in its efforts to promote Responsible Gaming Education Week (RGEW). This year’s RGEW is September 13 through 19.

The AGA first created RGEW in 1998, creating an opportunity for organizations in the gaming industry to focus on education and awareness of problem gambling and responsible gaming programs. It additionally offers an opportunity for employee training, providing literature to customers, and a forum to advance responsible gaming initiatives.

This year, the theme of RGEW is “Have a Game Plan. Bet Responsibly,” the AGA’s campaign focused on responsible sports wagering. Four key principles guide the campaign, including: setting a budget; keeping it social; knowing the odds; and playing legally.

In addition to education, AGEM has provided financial support to organizations that provide problem gambling awareness, treatment, and research. Funding for problem gambling services was reduced by more than 40 percent in the State of Nevada due to COVID-19 this year. The AGEM-GLI Lasting Impact Philanthropic Initiative has contributed over $200,000 to the Dr. Robert Hunter International Problem Gambling Center in Las Vegas over the past two years. AGEM additionally contributes to the International Center for Responsible Gaming, the National Council on Problem Gambling, the Nevada Council on Problem Gambling, and other organizations.

“With the expansion of gaming that includes legal sports betting and new online activity, our commitment to responsible gaming is focused on continuing to work with regulators, operators and the problem gambling community to help ensure a safe and enjoyable gaming experience,” said AGEM Executive Director Marcus Prater. “We’re proud to have Connie Jones, one of the leading experts in this field, working for us as AGEM Director of Responsible Gaming and providing both the AGEM Responsible Gaming Committee and the full membership with valuable guidance and insight.”

AGEM values networking with others to help expand understanding of disordered gambling. Through the AGA’s Responsible Gaming Collaborative, AGEM has worked closely with other industry members, academic professionals, and advocacy groups to further educate others on problem gambling.


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