The Gaming Commission of Ghana has unveiled a new logo to reflect its rebranding drive and the emerging trends in the gaming industry.

According to the Gaming Commissioner, Peter Mireku, the Commission is seeking to introduce new policies and regulations into the gaming industry, thus the introduction of the new logo to reflect these changes in the Commission’s outlook.

In a speech read on his behalf at the Gaming Commission of Ghana’s stakeholders forum, held in Accra, under the theme ““The New Phase of Gaming Regulation in Ghana”, Mr. Ambrose Dery, Minister for the Interior noted that, online gaming was one area in the industry that needed regulation.

He revealed that online gaming if not properly regulated, could provide an avenue for individuals and unlicensed companies to engage in illicit gaming activities without proper regulation and monitoring.

He therefore called for tough punitive measures against illegal operators who invade the gaming space, and to operators who violate the regulations, especially anti-money laundering and underage gambling regulations to safe guard both players and the vulnerable

The Minister further revealed that with the new phase of the Commission, there was the need for more stringent regulation, monitoring, supervision and control of the gaming industry and therefore applauded the Commission for working assiduously to have the existing Gaming Act reformed to reflect the new trend.

“Ushering in a new phase of Gaming Regulation is an attestation that the industry has undergone significant evolution over the years and it is imperative to introduce new policies and regulations that would meet the emerging trends and challenges in the gaming industry.

I strongly believe that, this, when done, would inure to the benefit of all stakeholders in the gaming industry. It is therefore not out of place that a new identity and logo will be unveiled today”. Mr. Dery said.

Touching on responsible gaming, Mr. Ambrose Dery appealed to operators to ensure that measures are put in place to prevent minors from patronizing their facilities.

“Responsible gaming comes with it the need for operators at the various gaming centres, to safeguard players from problem gaming and addiction. Let us remember that at the heart of operators’ social responsibility comes the need to first protect the vulnerable from gaming activities. Operators are therefore enjoined to ensure that measures are put in place to prevent minors from patronizing their facilities.” He said.

Mrs. Frema Osei-Oprae, Chief of Staff,  in  her remarks revealed that, government was interested in the reform happening within the gaming sector.

She assured the stakeholders of government’s support and urged all to abide by the Gaming Act in addition to adopting best practices in the industry to ensure sustainable growth within the sector.