Regulators in the United Kingdom this week approved of gambling dispute mediation service BetBlocker's request to be granted charity status within the country.
The service allows users to self-exclude from more than 6,700 different betting sites that offer services within the UK. The BetBlocker service features a series of apps that can be accessed on Windows, Mac, Linux, iPhones, and Android devices. Players who implement the self-exclusion service cannot reverse course until the exclusion period passes.
An interesting aspect of the service is that it applies to both licensed and unlicensed operators, meaning that those not serving the country officially can still be blocked out from offering services to gambling addicts.
BetBlocker was developed by fellow gaming site The POGG, who also funded its creation. The group will now seek out additional partners to help support the initiative, both financially and by adding new betting sites to the app.