IGT recognizes that problem gambling is a societal issue that cannot be ignored. As a global leader in the design, development and manufacture of gaming machines and systems products, as well as online and mobile gaming solutions for regulated markets, IGT believes that it is incumbent upon all stakeholders in the gaming industry to take a pro-active approach to problem and underage gambling. Therefore, it is IGT's mission to promote responsible gaming to our employees, our customers and the public at large, and to supporting those agencies and programs committed to researching, preventing and treating problem gaming.
Responsible Gaming Education
IGT is proud to support the American Gaming Association's annual Responsible Gaming Education Week. Every year IGT joins with the AGA and casino operators throughout the U.S. to increase awareness about responsible gaming among gaming employees, casino customers and the general public.
Employee Education and Awareness
All IGT employees are informed of the company's responsible gaming policy and commitment as part of their initial employee orientation. IGT's "Employee Guide to Responsible Gaming" is a brochure that provides problem gambling awareness and information regarding availability of counseling and treatment in the local community as well as through our company's Employee Assistance Program (EAP).
As a gaming equipment manufacturer and technology supplier to the gaming industry, IGT encourages responsible gaming initiatives among its customers and works to create opportunities for public recognition of exemplary efforts. IGT provides resources for customers' responsible gaming activities as well.
Responsible Gaming Partnerships
IGT is a major supporter and a member of the two largest organizations in the United States dedicated to reducing problem and underage gambling. They are the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) and the National Center for Responsible Gambling (NCRG). Additionally, IGT and its subsidiaries support and participate in the activities of many regional and global organizations with a responsible gaming-related mandate.
Funding for problem gambling awareness, research and treatment is a key priority. IGT's research contributions are primarily directed to the National Center for Responsible Gaming (NCRG) and the NCRG Centers for Excellence in Gambling Research. We work closely with the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) and their thirty-five state affiliates to promote awareness and expand education. In addition IGT provides funding for the nationwide problem gambling "Helpline" through the NCPG.
Promote Awareness to Policy Makers
IGT is an advocate for the recognition of problem gambling in the creation of public policy and contributes to the development of gaming policies that appropriately address this issue.
IGT encourages employees to volunteer their time and support to help in the prevention and treatment of problem and underage gambling in their communities. IGT senior executives serve on the boards and advisory boards of the National Council on Problem Gambling and the National Center for Responsible Gaming, respectively.