Scott Manford, CEO of Wizard Slots, discusses the rising number of active players
It’s no surprise companies with an online presence through-out the lockdowns introduced by Covid-19’s arrival have been able to not only survive, but thrive. People around the world have been forced into isolation, spending days, weeks, and months in their homes, not able to get out. With this extra time, everyone has there has been a lot more opportunity for online businesses. As people search the web to pass time.
Scott Manford the CEO of Wizard Slots, has noted significant growth during the pandemic, with both the total number of active players per day rising, in addition to playing hours. However, Scott also mentioned the importance of responsible gambling as a top priority, helping to protect vulnerable players during these uncertain times. As the Gambling Commission has recently reported figures showing gamblers are at greater risk during the lockdown, mainly as a result of boredom and lack of routine, which can cause gamblers to play more frequently than usual.
As a temporary solution, Scott mentions that many of his brands including Wizard Slots have introduced tougher affordability checks to help ensure responsible gambling. However, “affordability checks always prevent a relevant challenge to most importantly protect our consumers but also doing so without them feeling as though their privacy has been compromised, as by nature these checks can often feel very personal”.
Ultimately, the effects of a worldwide pandemic do not go unnoticed, in fact, the online industry is the best example of businesses that have been able to maintain a good level of growth. Retail stores have been hit very hard due to the lockdown measures, being unable to open for several months. William Hill has only recently given an announcement that they will not reopen 119 of their stores as they do not expect the same amount of consumers to return to the stores as before the pandemic hit.
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