There has been an awful lot of coverage in the press over the last few week concerning calls for stricter rules and tighter adherence to existing rules related to problem gambling and player protection. Cue LeoVegas, a world famous casino which up until now has not been the most outspoken advocate of safe gambling, but seem set on changing that fact with the launch of a brand new initiative called LeoSafePlay.
While a few commentators have accused LeoVegas of capitalising on the fears currently swirling about problem gambling, others have commended them for addressing an issue that will surely not be fixed until there is extensive operator-led effort.
While it will be related to the operation of LeoVegas the casino, LeoSafePlay will be a platform hosted on an entirely different website and will welcome players to visit, whether or not they’re LeoVegas players. The idea of the new LeoSafePlay platform is to promote safe and responsible gambling by giving users unparalleled access to new tools and services that will help them keep on top of their gambling spending, and gamble more responsibly.
In terms of information, the LeoSafePLay platform is set up to give easy to follow information on the signs of problem gambling and the problems that might arise from irresponsible gambling. This is in the hope that players will have a chance to spot these problems in themselves before they arise and cause them grief. Players will also have access to a self-assessment tool in the platform, which will give them insights into their own gambling habits and how problematic they may be.
It’s not all just information, though, as LeoSafePlay also has a number of practical applications to offer to players too. For instance, players using the tool, who also happen to be players at LeoVegas.com, will have the opportunity to limit their playing time or the amount they deposit at the casino in the hopes of keeping their playing within safe limits. As part of the initiative, all staff working at the operator have been given special extra training aimed at equipping them to help players and spot the signs of problem gambling early.
LeoVegas Acquisition Of Royal Panda Casino
Responsible gambling isn’t all that LeoVegas has been focusing on this week. The casino also announced another exciting piece of news as it finalised its acquisition of Web Investments Limited – the company which owns the Royal Panda operating brand. The deal that initially will cost LeoVegas €60m, but could go anything up to €120m, is a fitting one given that both are animal themed sites with huge followings.
LeoVegas has been keeping its cards close to its chest in terms of what we can expect to see in the way of changes at Royal Panda. Yet, seeing as the site is already doing pretty well, it might simply be the case that they keep things the way they are. In the past, LeoVegas has kept the acquired casinos running in the distinct manner they were before the deal, so there’s no indication there’d be any difference with Royal Panda — enjoy it now.