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Gambling Regulation and Vulnerability

Malgorzata A. Carran

Since the UK Gambling Act of 2005 was introduced, gambling has stopped being seen, politically and legally as an inherent vice and is now viewed as a legitimate form of entertainment. Gambling Regulation and Vulnerability explores the laws around gambling that aim to protect society and individuals, examining the differences between regulatory rhetoric and the impact of legislative and regulatory measures. Malgorzata Carran finds that although the Gambling Act introduced many positive changes to gambling regulation, it has created an environment in which protection of vulnerable individuals becomes difficult. Carran challenges the existing legislative premise that regulation alone is able to balance the effect of liberalisation for those who are vulnerable.
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Chapter 6: Minors and social gaming

Mark D Griffiths


‘Because playing for money is more competitive and it brings out the worst in people, whereas games are more social’ (14, female) The omnipresence, technological convergence and increased sophistication of the online gaming industry has substantially blurred the boundaries between real money and fun gambling. This has prompted concerns that social gaming, demo games and gambling-like activities within video games increase minors’ propensity to gravitate towards real-money gambling. However, there continues to be a significant shortage of empirical data that considers the interrelationship between these different forms. Drawing from findings from qualitative focus groups carried out with 200 minors in secondary schools located in London and Kent, this chapter exposes how children and young people experience, construe and engage with different forms of digital entertainments and how they are affected by them.

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