The American Gaming Association (AGA) has been reflecting on a busy period of activities last week which saw the 22nd iteration of its annual Responsible Gaming Education Week (RGEW), plus Get to Know Gaming events in Maryland and Nevada. 

In thanking participants for their “ongoing efforts to continually raise the bar on responsible gaming”, the association also hailed the high-profile acknowledgment for RGEW made by US Representative Dina Titus who recognized the initiative in the Congressional Record.

The association’s Get to Know Gaming events in Maryland and Nevada bookended the week with discussions on the importance of promoting responsible gaming in local communities. At the Nevada event, the AGA, along with five member organizations, announced the commitment of nearly half a million dollars to the National Center for Responsible Gaming’s new fund to support research on sports wagering. 

The fund is the first in the nation dedicated solely to studying the impact of sports wagering on American bettors since the Supreme Court overturned the federal ban on sports betting in May 2018.

The week’s events also helped to significantly raise the profile of the industry and its association. Gaming companies, advocacy groups, and state agencies took to social media to share responsible gaming message with hundreds of posts amounting to nearly two million impressions.

Media outlets across the country, including  Las Vegas Review-Journal, The Nevada Independent and The Baltimore Sun, reported on the gaming industry’s responsible gambling efforts.

Elizabeth Cronan, Senior Director of Gaming Policy at the AGA, said: “Thank you, again, for joining with us in highlighting the great responsible gaming work that happens every day in our industry. We look forward to announcing dates for Responsible Gaming Education Week 2020 early next year.”