Assessment of online games design changes
Reduced binge gambling
Reported binge information is stable, with a positive indication for post-change financial losses. Slots are still viewed as a product that is easy for people to become engrossed in.
Prior to the changes being announced, online slots products were identified in research into hot states and binge gambling (part of our research to understand why people gamble), to be the gambling product most commonly associated with binge gambling. Some of the features prohibited in the online game design changes were associated with binges.
Our online tracker data indicates that the proportion of respondents experiencing a 'binge' on online slot games has remained stable, as can be seen in Figure 4, and that slots still appear to be viewed as a product that is easy to become engrossed in.
The proportion spending more on online slots than they can afford to lose decreased slightly, with a significant decline in the proportion of past four-week slot players stating that they had spent more than they can afford to lose at least sometimes (56 percent prior to the changes, 48 percent after the changes).
Figure 4: Experience of binge gambling while playing slots
|September 2021 (percentage)
|December 2021 (percentage)
|March 2022 (percentage)
|I have recently experienced a 'binge' whilst playing online slot games
|I spend more money playing online slots games than I can afford to lose
|I think it is easy for people to become engrossed whilst playing online slots
|Base size (individuals)
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Last updated: 8 June 2023
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