VIDEO GAMES THAT SIMULATE GAMBLING
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WHAT ARE SOCIAL CASINO GAMES?
They are games that simulate or imitate gambling. They are very popular as apps.
Instead of playing for real money, you play for points or coins.
They are classified as games and not as gambling because you can’t win money. (but you can spend money on them through microtransactions!)
How Social Casino Games works
Your child plays a game on your phone or tablet.
In the game they see an ad for a casino game.
It looks like fun so they click on the ad.
The ad takes your child to the app store.
Your child click on the ‘get’ button to download the game.
Your child is now engaged in gambling for points.
“1 in 5 Australian adolescents play Social Casino Games”
Gainsbury, King, Delfabbro, Hing, Russell, Blaszczynski, and Derevensky
Convergence of gambling and gaming in digital media, 2015
WHY WE ARE CONCERNED ABOUT GAMBLING GAMES
GAMBLING GAMES INTRODUCE CHILDREN TO GAMBLING
Social Casino Games may facilitate a transition to real money gambling. Evidence indicates that the earlier a child is exposed to gambling the higher the likelihood of problem gambling.
GAMBLING GAMES NORMALISE GAMBLING.
THEY CAN BE ADDICTIVE IN THEMSELVES.
“Two-thirds of paying participants identified a progression from spending on Social Casino Games to gambling.“
DANIEL L. KING, ALEX RUSSELL, SALLY GAINSBURY, PAUL H. DELFABBRO and NERILEE HING
The cost of virtual wins: An examination of gambling-related risks in youth who spend money on social casino games, 2016
WHAT CAN PARENTS DO?
- Discuss the risks of gaming with your child and encourage your child to reach out for help when needed.
- Don’t give your children access to your passwords. Know which games are downloaded and played.
- Have a play of the game yourself. You’ll quickly work out if the game is appropriate or not.
- Monitor your credit cards and look for unaccounted expenses
- Ask your child how they can best balance screen-time and real life activities. It empowers them to do the right thing.
- Let game developers and government know that you expect games to be designed safely.
WHAT CAN THE GOVERNMENT DO?
- Introduce regulation that ensures that minors are not engaging in predatory lootbox mechanics.
- Fund Education Campaigns so children are aware of the risks of gambling and how they can infiltrate video games.
- Run an awareness campaign about how gambling is found in video games.
- Introduce clear consumer protection guidelines so children do not run the risk of normalising gambling.
- Provide ethical frameworks to the video game industry and engage them into long-term, supportive and collaborative conversations about safety online.
Social Casino Games generated an estimated $3.5 billion in revenue in 2015.
Eilers & Krejcik Gaming, 2016
WHERE DO YOU FIND GAMBLING GAMES?
ON SOCIAL MEDIA
Social Casino Games are advertised and can be played on social media websites.
ON THE APP STORE
Social Casino Games are some of the most popular games on phones/tablets and social media. They are promoted as ‘games’ on the app stores and social media sites with limited content warnings.
WITHIN BIGGER VIDEO GAMES
Social Casino Games can also be found with in bigger video games. E.g. going to the casino in a role playing video game.
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RESEARCH AND EVIDENCE
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