On October 15 several game and gambling companies will visit The Hague for a meeting organized by the Gambling Authority. The parties will discuss the risks of mixing gaming and gambling. In the last couple of years online casino games and games of chance have become more intertwined with each other. The Gambling Authority is worried about this development and is looking for ways to prevent it. During the event in The Hague, it wants to hear the opinion of several parties involved in the gambling and gaming industry.
Fine line between casino games and games of chance
The rise of online casinos has its disadvantages as well. The boundary between online casino games and games of chance are blurred nowadays. For example, websites with games also have promotions for games of chance and vice versa. Even worse is the fact that traditional casino games such as Blackjack suddenly show gambling components. You can play it as game, and that shouldn’t be possible.
A trend that worries
The mix of gambling and gaming has become a trend that international supervisors notice as well. There is a good reason to be worried, since games of chance can be very addictive. Books and articles have been written about the risk of young people being involved in games of chance. Playing games of chance at a young age increases the chance of addiction at a later age. Therefore casino operators have to meet strict rules when it comes to games of chance. For example, underaged people are not allowed to enter the casino and there must be an addiction prevention policy.
Prevention of addiction
There are more problems in the industry. Casino operators need a permit to offer a game of chance, whereas a permit isn’t required for a game. They use this difference for their own benefit. However, it can have negative consequences for players, especially when they’re younger. The risk of developing a gambling addiction increases, for example. The Gambling Authority is aware of this and has undertaken several measures to prevent addictions. Commercials about games with gambling parts are very limited, for example. There is also an age rating for such games. Also important to note is that many schools and parents are educated about the risks of games of chance and games with gambling elements. The Gambling Authority also wants to have a clear separation between casino games and games of chance. For the latter, a lot of work needs to be done.
When does the event take place?
The event in The Hague takes place on October 15, from 1 PM to 3 PM in the Hoftower, next to the Central Station. If you like to be there, make sure to register quickly because the number is places is limited. The Gambling Authority has the right to cancel a party if the maximum number of guests crossed.