Gambling and its addiction can be a very dire problem for many. Effects come in the form of a wide range of lifelong consequences, and many times not just for the gambler. Whether you are an avid esports spectator or someone who actively participates in esports betting and gambling, it’s good to know the signs and always gamble responsibly. For those looking to sidestep the betting altogether, we’ve compiled a few options to help you stay on the straight and narrow.
Protecting Against Esports Exploitation
Nowadays, exploitation comes in many forms, especially on the internet where ads can be predatory and arguably malicious. The following options should at least help minimize the temptation for those still keen on being involved in esports.
While GamStop is a free method, it only works in the United Kingdom. For those savvy with a VPN, this can still be a viable option. GamStop has proven to be quite effective with many players will using it. However, it is important GamStop is not an app or software like many other platforms. After users create the account, they will not be able to play at gambling sites. That said, there are some casino operators not with GamStop. These remain largely available and do not have local registration. This means they are not obligated to cooperate with the program. The link provided should help with making sure to avoid those for users who wish to steer clear.
This software allows users to install it on any device and completely blocks gambling and betting. BetBlocker maintains a lengthy list of the platforms synonymous with gambling and actively blocks them. In addition, BetBlocker has seen adoption by many sites that offer esports betting. All you have to do is to download and install the app, then configure it to suit your needs.
Wireless Carriers & ISPs
This method works well in certain cases and is something those with cellular devices and home internet largely have access to by default. While it does take some footwork on the user’s end, ISPs and wireless service providers do take security seriously. Contacting and asking them to assist with blocking access to gambling, eSports, and betting sites may take a little time, but this also means undoing those changes also takes effort. Many people believe that they should block gaming so children will not have access to it. While geared more towards concerned parents, it’s a viable option for all with home internet and or a cellular device. There are a lot of variations in how carriers do this. Some will use special software. Others will provide special hardware and etc. It depends on the carrier in question.
eSports Site Blocking Feature
This method is relatively simple but often overlooked. All you have to do is to contact customer support at the site and ask them to block your account. They can do it easily and you won’t have the ability to play games there any longer. Keep in mind, some sites do not support this. The ones that typically will help as soon as contact is made.
Similar to BetBlocker, Gamban keeps a persistent list of sites. Once enabled, it will block those sites for the duration configured at installation. These blocks remain in place even if users attempt to remove the app. While a seemingly extreme option, it works well and has remained a viable option to many since 2015.
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