Five of the leading online gaming operators in Latvia have signed an agreement aimed at strengthening responsible gambling practices in the Baltic state.

The operators, Paf (Pafbet), Betsafe, Optibet, and Feniksscasino, have pledged to improve their responsible gambling measures beyond what is currently required by Latvian law.

The companies are all members of the Latvian Interactive Gambling Association (LiAB) and together claim a 90 per cent share of the Latvian online gaming market.

"Among other things, we will introduce facilities for self-tests, deposit limits, the closing of specific game categories, proactive information on responsible gaming and a whole host of other measures,” said Paf Latvia manager Rihards Streikis. “It will be a clear improvement on what the gambling law in Latvia requires.

"Paf's licensed brand in Latvia, Pafbet, may currently have a small part of the market but we have the most developed responsible gaming. We are an example for the other operators.”

The responsible gambling measures of the current Gambling Act include a self-exclusion system for players and the option to set maximum bet limits.

The agreement between the five operators states that responsible gambling tools must be launched on their respective online gaming sites by 30 June, 2020.