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Oliver Scholten, PhD student, Dr James Walker, lecturer in Computer Science and Dr David Zendle, lecturer in Computer Science from the University of York told us that the “online and unrestricted nature of decentralised gambling applications means that there are no theoretical limitations to the use of these gambling services by minors.”

Another development which continues to create confusion about what we consider gambling to be, is social gaming. Social gaming covers the wide variety of games that are available on social media platforms These games contain gambling-like features, such as playing with cards or dice, or slot machine style games. In January 2015 the Gambling Commission stated in its Social Gaming report that it was accepted that winning additional spins/ credits/tokens/chips in these games, despite the fact they could be purchased with real money, did not amount to a prize of money or money’s worth which would bring these games under the remit of gambling legislation. The Commission stated that this was untested in the courts (which to the best of our knowledge is still the position), and they added: “… the uncertainty, and associated commercial and regulatory risk, is a useful deterrent to those thinking of pushing the boundary.” Their conclusion was that “there is no compelling reason at the moment to impose additional regulation on the social gaming sector given that it is already subject to extensive consumer protection legislation.”168

However, the Gambling Commission does continue to monitor social gaming in its annual participation report, and the most recent survey found 20% of respondents had taken part in social gaming, and 44% of individuals who had gambled as well as played social games said they played social games first.169


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