ANJ warns of betting hype with new World Cup campaign

French audiences will be warned of the risks of excessive gambling during the FIFA World Cup 2022, as l’Autorité Nationale des Jeux (ANJ) launches its first dedicated safer gambling campaign – ‘T’as vu, t’as perdu’ (‘You Saw, You Lost’). 

The French gambling authority developed the campaign following research undertaken by Harris Interactive, which noted that “more than a third of French adults who plan to follow the World Cup intend to bet money during the competition”.

Set to be broadcast throughout World Cup 2022 (20 November-18 December), ‘T’as vu, t’as perdu’ aims to raise public awareness of excessive gambling and to combat myths around sports betting.   

The ANJ believes that a winter World Cup will once again surpass French wagering records set by Euro 2020 (€435m) and World Cup 2018 (€366m) – underlining the need for its safer gambling campaign.

Of significance, the campaign targets engagement with male audiences under the age of 35, who are reported to wager the highest amount on football bets and are most prone to gambling excessively.

‘T’as vu, t’as perdu’ was developed by RosBeef, a Paris-based marketing agency that specializes in youth and millennial-targeted adverts and has created nationwide campaigns for Adidas France, Adobe and Heineken.

ANJ President Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin, underlined the importance of the campaign to ensure that sports betting is maintained as a recreational activity during World Cup 2022.

“In addition to the campaigns carried out by the public authorities, the ANJ is launching its first prevention campaign,” Falque-Pierrotin explained.  

“For the regulator, it is not a question of demonizing sports betting but of conveying to young people, by adopting their codes, a warning message on the risks of excessive gambling, when the practice of sports betting switches to the outside world.”

Leading up to the World Cup, the ANJ introduced a new charter of advertising rules and standards that must be obeyed by French operators.

The charter has been pledged by all licensed online operators to ‘de-intensify’ gambling advertising across the media verticals of TV, radio, display and digital marketing.

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