The Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers (AGEM) and the American Gaming Association (AGA) have formed a new partnership to highlight and combat the rapid spread of unregulated gaming machine activity in states throughout the U.S.

The centerpiece of the campaign launch is the new “Unregulated Gaming Machine Fact Sheet” that confirms the clear distinction between the regulated casino, lottery and distributed gaming markets and the unregulated segment that has been spreading at an alarming rate, according to a press release. The fact sheet also highlights both the negative consequences of this spread, including the increase in criminal activity and the lack of player protections, and potential solutions to combat the problem, including the establishment of small state and local government task forces with law enforcement representation.

In addition to the fact sheet that will be distributed to state and local policy makers, law enforcement, legislators, regulatory agencies and media outlets, the ongoing campaign will target developments in key states such as Pennsylvania, Missouri and Virginia where the spread of unregulated machines has been particularly egregious.