Brimbank,
22
June
2018
|
02:00
Australia/Melbourne

Concern over gambling features in children’s video games

Summary

Gambling-style features in children’s video games are becoming more prominent – while little is known about their impact, Brimbank Council says.

Brimbank Council is calling for the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation to conduct further research into the prevalence and impact of online gambling, including evidence-based harm reduction strategies.

Brimbank’s Cr Virginia Tachos said Council would write to the State Minister seeking advice on how the industry was regulated to ensure children are not exposed to games that normalise gambling.

“As the Council with the unfortunate title of having the highest Electronic Gambling Machine losses in Australia – Brimbank Council is deeply concerned about potential harm to our community from online gambling.

“Both Council and our community are also concerned about the unknown impact of gambling-style features in children’s video games.

“This blurring of boundaries has led to complex issues, and the consequences are yet to be fully assessed.

“Young people have access to these games 24/7. Their devices make gambling conveniently accessible and it normalises this activity,” Cr Tachos said.

Cr Tachos raised a Notice of Motion asking Council to write to the Victorian Minister for Consumer Affairs, Gaming and Liquor Regulation, the Hon. Marlene Kairouz MP about these issues.

“We need regulation to ensure children aren’t being exposed to material that normalises gambling and increases their future vulnerability to harmful levels of gambling,” Cr Tachos said.