The rise of esports gambling is worrying when compared to traditional forms of gambling, mainly due to the fact that a lot of the appeal lies with interest from under 18's and will likely act as a gateway that will attract a new generation of gambler.
Esports gambling marketing efforts have positioned the availability of esports betting at esports tournaments in high frequency; all combined with gambling sponsorships and the use of influencers to entice the younger demographic into this space. It is almost impossible to watch an esports tournament and not see any marketing around esports betting.
Due to the rising levels of both gaming & gambling addiction, Gamban is proud to be a partner of Legend Gaming. Legend Gaming acknowledges the growing rise of problems in this unregulated space and is making great efforts to highlight the issues and various solutions available to parents, children, players & fans that are involved in esports.
Gamban is the industry-leading gambling blocking software that blocks access to gambling sites and apps globally, we view gambling and gaming addiction as a growing global issue that affects millions of people in multiple jurisdictions around the world.
Gamban understands that the fan base of esports tournaments is susceptible to gambling-related harm by wagering on tournaments and is happy to be affiliated with Legend Gaming to mitigate any potential issues that they discover amongst players on their new and innovative UK gaming tournament platform.
Jack Symons- CEO Gamban (#ResponsibleGambling) www.gamban.com
Signs of Gambling Addiction
Are you a problem gambler?
Try this questionnaire:
-Do you bet more than you can afford to lose?
-Do you need to gamble with larger amounts of money to get the same feeling?
-Have you tried to win back money you have lost (chasing losses)?
-Have you borrowed money or sold anything to get money to gamble?
-Have you wondered whether you have a problem with gambling?
-Has your gambling caused you any health problems, including feelings of stress or anxiety?
-Have other people criticised your betting or told you that you had a gambling problem (regardless of whether or not you thought it was true)?
-Has your gambling caused any financial problems for you or your household?
-Have you ever felt guilty about the way you gamble or what happens when you gamble?
Score 0 for each time you answer "never"
Score 1 for each time you answer "sometimes"
Score 2 for each time you answer "most of the time"
Score 3 for each time you answer "almost always"
*If your total score is 8 or higher, you may be a problem gambler.
Test taken from NHS 'Help For Problem Gambling' Site where you can for more information and a helpline.