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Change the game

During this past year, the world has been forced to grapple with crippling impacts caused by the COVID-19 Pandemic. Many Florida residents, like many Americans, are struggling given the unforeseen consequences resulting from the pandemic. For disordered gamblers[i] and their families, the effects of the virus can exacerbate already serious financial, psychological, legal, and other problems caused by gambling.

Data revealed impacts on those suffering from gambling addiction as a result of pandemic, including shifts in gambling behaviors resulting from land-based gambling operation closures and sporting event cancellations during this past year"

- 888-ADMIT-IT HelpLine

The gambler’s age will be critical to monitor as time goes on in light of pandemic related gambling impacts since it has resulted in many challenges not previously encountered.

- FCCG’s 2019-2020 Annual HelpLine Outcome Evaluation report

As gaming and gambling have expanded, there is concern that the structural boundaries between gaming and gambling may have become blurred.

- NPD Group

From 888-ADMIT-IT Story series

Recognize the signs

Problem Gambling

Prevention measures

Awareness

The FCCG is keenly aware of the proliferation of technology and software for online, mobile, and video game applications, geared toward the youth of all ages and adults.

Identification

The similarities of some of these games mimicking gambling characteristics can often serve as pathways and indoctrination from free-to-play to pay-to-play gaming/gambling sites.

Services expansion

Since the pandemic’s inception, the FCCG has expanded programs and services, resource options, and access to virtual supports.

Improved HelpLine

This year’s PGAM campaign will help to increase awareness of not only pandemic related changes to the gambling landscape and gambling behaviors, but also of the new and evolving vital resources for help provided through the 888-ADMIT-IT HelpLine.

Be ready to Shine the Light

Learn more about the new researches regarding gambling addiction, new ways of gambling, and the upcoming generation to be at risk. As time passes, generation changes, and the new “normal”, we ought to stay and be ready to change the game.

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    • During this past year, the world has been forced to grapple with crippling impacts caused by the COVID-19 Pandemic. Many Florida residents, like many Americans, are struggling given the unforeseen consequences resulting from the pandemic. For disordered gamblers[i] and their families, the effects of the virus can exacerbate already serious financial, psychological, legal, and other problems caused by gambling. 888-ADMIT-IT HelpLine data has revealed significant impacts on those suffering from gambling addiction as a result of pandemic, including shifts in gambling behaviors resulting from land-based gambling operation closures and sporting event cancellations during this past year, coupled with a general increase in life stressors for the population at large.

The gambler’s age will be critical to monitor as time goes on in light of pandemic related gambling impacts since it has resulted in many challenges not previously encountered. The FCCG’s 2019-2020 Annual HelpLine Outcome Evaluation report identified that a recent CDC Report (August 10, 2020) suggested that another trend being reported anecdotally, though not well understood or measured, is that casino gamblers are apt to be younger, on average, now than prior to the pandemic. This is surmised as older gamblers appear to be less willing to be in public places. The CDC indicated that although there is no quantitative evidence, the trend has been reported in several jurisdictions.

Further illustrating this point is research conducted by Synergy Blue which uncovered a ‘dynamic that has long been on the radar of casinos, and as the world recovers from the pandemic, asserts the casino industry will see an acceleration in both the concern and opportunity of attracting a new generation of gamblers.’ More specifically, per the Synergy Blue study, performed in April 2020 among 1,000 consumers, primarily gamblers, “older gamblers showed significantly more hesitation over the safety of returning to casinos. Gen X and younger gamblers showed the greatest confidence and interest in returning. As younger gamblers lead the charge toward recovery for casinos, casinos will be attentive to the trends that may come with this generation of gamblers, including an interest in new types of games, (pay-to-play/free-to-play), as well as a growing trend toward online and mobile” applications[1].

Most recently, on August 10, 2020, it was announced that the COVID-19 pandemic and mandatory social distancing measures caused video game spending in the United States to skyrocket to new heights through the second quarter. According to a new report from market analysts with the NPD Group, revenues reached $11.6 billion between April and June 2020, a 30% jump year-over-year. Many have used these games as a means of keeping one “preoccupied” and/or for staying in touch with family and friends. As gaming and gambling have expanded, there is concern that the structural boundaries between gaming and gambling may have become blurred. Some have further argued that the overlap between gambling and gaming have become indistinguishable such that “hybrid gambling activities have adopted features of gaming and vice-versa”.

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    During this past year, the world has been forced to grapple with crippling impacts caused by the COVID-19 Pandemic. Many Florida residents, like many Americans, are struggling given the unforeseen consequences resulting from the pandemic. For disordered gamblers[i] and their families, the effects of the virus can exacerbate already serious financial, psychological, legal, and other problems caused by gambling.

    888-ADMIT-IT HelpLine data has revealed significant impacts on those suffering from gambling addiction as a result of the pandemic, including shifts in gambling behaviors resulting from land-based gambling operation closures and sporting event cancellations during this past year, coupled with a general increase in life stressors for the population at large.


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