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Warning Signs to Be Introduced on Balearic Island Slots

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Gambling has been steadily growing in popularity in the Balearic Islands, and in response, it looks as though slot machines are set to have compulsory warning signs introduced and their features restricted.

The largest of the Balearic Islands, which belong to Spain, are Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza, and Formentera. It will be the first Spanish region to introduce changes of this nature to slot machines.

Once the restrictions have been introduced, slot machines will have warning screens that ask the player questions about their age and awareness of gambling addiction. At the same time, the machines will also disable features that may extend play, and if the machines are not in use, they will not have lights or sound on. Instead, a simple warning image will be displayed.

The government explained that the new features will be introduced to help protect the most vulnerable. The new legislation came into force on 8 April 2022 and introduces far stricter restrictions than the previous regional laws that were in place.

There are roughly 5000 slot machines across the Balearic Islands and the official deadline for implementing the changes is the end of 2024. However, the Spanish authorities are doing all they can to complete the process as soon as possible.

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