DraftKings announced its financial commitment to the International Center for Responsible Gaming (ICRG) Fund to support research on sports betting.
DraftKings has informed that thanks to its important collaboration the ICRG will be able to summon researchers from all over the world who are interested in conducting innovative research on problematic gaming.
In this sense, we highlight that the fund focuses specifically on responsible gaming in sports betting, with the goal of developing peer-reviewed, scientifically based research that contributes meaningfully to the understanding and application of responsible gaming in the industry.
Jason Robins, DraftKings' co-founder, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors, reiterates the company's commitment to its customers to “provide an enjoyable sports betting and gaming experience” that is also safe.
Referring to the financial support to the ICRG, he says "it will drive innovation in responsible gaming and customer safety for the entire industry."
On the other hand, Russell Sanna, Executive Director of ICRG, highlights the importance of the investigation "in better understanding problem gaming". Likewise, he thanks "the support from DraftKings to fund research that is cutting-edge and can be utilized across the industry and by consumers".
A first-of-its-kind fund in the United States, the ICRG created the Fund to advance innovation and best practices for responsible sports betting. The Fund is accepting applications by researchers interested in exploring the below topics and others related to responsible sports betting:
Differences in sports wagering compared to other forms of gaming
Evaluation of efficacy of existing responsible gaming interventions and programs
Differences in prevalence and experience of problem gambling across demographics
It should be noted that DraftKings' Responsible Gaming mission is to mitigate harm and protect vulnerable populations by providing game-changing technology, training, and resources for employees and consumers, and by supporting evidence-based research.
DraftKings explained through a press release that researchers from top academic institutions can compete for funding to discover new insights into public health and sports betting. Applications will open this summer and end in September 2021.
The selected recipient will be announced in September 2021 and receive funds for a three-year project ending in 2024, with the potential for their research to be published earlier in the three-year period. The research fund is open to U.S.-based or international public, private, or non-profit organizations.
For more information about the Fund, visit https://www.icrg.org/
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