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Self-exclusion software provider Gamban is going to block access to certain platforms offering cryptocurrencies and stock trading to provide greater protection to its users.

Its self-exclusion software currently blocks access to thousands of gambling websites but will now expand its reach to cover cryptocurrency and stock trading following requests from customers. It says such platforms can provoke similarly addictive behaviour to gambling.

“One of the main differences between Gamban and self-exclusion schemes is that we are not required to integrate with websites in order to block access to them,” James Forman, business intelligence officer at Gamban, said.

“This means we can move quickly and block emerging threats such as esports and skins gambling that have risen to prominence during the novel coronavirus,” James Forman added.