To address the issue, the authors of the survey called for better age verification processes as well as a tightener control over who sees the ads and how people are targeted. A Mario Kart advertisement was pulled off in September, 2018 when the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) accused William Hill of intentionally targeting underage audience.
Sky has been one of the companies to say that a previously-agreed voluntary water-shed ban spearheaded by betting companies in the United Kingdom is not sufficient. According to the broadcaster’s CEO, Stephen van Rooyen, sportsbooks were simply migrating online.
Save the Kids fromEsports Betting, Authors SayOverall,the authors of the study stated that further research would be neededto identify what was driving children to bet on the outcome ofesports – or at least follow and re-share such content.Specifically, the authors recommended that the exact images, videosand other materials should be identified and restricted.
Accordingto Mr. Nairn, the number of individuals involved with esports bettingwill only be going up:
“Withthe massive growth in the esports industry, unless action is taken,we can only expect this figure to rise as sports and gambling seem tobe inextricably linked.”
Mr.Nairn was particularly well-versed in the vernacular of the Internet,explaining that the targeting of younger individuals was done throughclever ploys such as GIFS,memes,picturesand funnystories.
“Ourin-depth analysis of the content of gambling advertising Tweets leadsus to believe that children’s esports gambling is currently underthe radar in two ways: it’s online where parents won’t see it andit’s using clever content marketing.”
Meanwhile,Mr. Smith elaborated further on how children are targeted. The use of specific content led to higher engagement from a younger crowd. As aresult, thousands of children in the United Kingdom responded to andfollowed the content.
TheBiddable Youth Report is also important not only because it serves asa levy against the oncoming waves of esports betting, but alsobecause it gives an estimation of the value of the market –estimated $30 billion by 2020.
GambleAwareCEO Marc Etcheshas said that one in eight children aged 11 to 16 presently followedan esports gambling-related tweet. With the UK being at the forefrontof enforcing socially responsible gaming practices, companies andregulators will have to tighten their regulation of onlinegambling,specifically insofar as the esports verticals are involved.
What Do Some EsportsPersonalities?We recently spoke with Ian Smith, Commissioner of the Esports Integrity Coalition (ESIC), who said that it’s mostly a myth that most esports players are underage. Mr. Smith was only referring to the age necessary for most players to be at the peak of their abilities – which wasn’t ‘underage’. Here’s what he said:
Itis true that gamers skew young, but to reach elite levels in esports(as opposed to just being good at a game) takes a long time and a lotof practice, so, by the time players reach the pro level, they tendto be over 18.
On a similar note, we had a chance to pick Bayes’ Mark Balch’s brain about underage betting. Here is what Mr. Balch shared with us:
Ibelieve there is no difference to sport. Kids also love football, whywould that not also invite a young audience to bet? Betting companiesand casinos are on the shirts of their favourite players in thePremier league. Why is this an esports only problem?
BothMr. Smith and Mr. Balch have a point there. Yet, advertising materials that specifically target children could be a problem. Whilein principle esports will attract a young crowd – much like regularsports do as a matter of fact – it would ultimately be up to thecompanies and regulators to keep advertisement responsible.
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