Social Gaming Leads to Problem Gambling?

CNet recently published an article covering concerns that social casino games "normalize" gambling activities and contribute to future gambling addiction.

The piece notes the accessibility of social games online and the younger demographics who are playing them on mobile devices.

"This past July, social casino games regularly made up a quarter of the top 20 highest-grossing apps in the Google Play Store, according to App Annie, a market analytics company. Apple's App Store showed similar statistics for the month, with social casino apps consistently nabbing three spots in the top 20. Both Slotomania: Free Casino Slots and Big Fish Casino: Free Slots consistently ranked in the top 10 in both stores," according to Cnet.

"Though the games can be played for free, revenues from purchases of in-game extras reel in millions for the biggest publishers. Zynga's total adjusted sales from social casino games were estimated at $80.1 million during the first quarter of 2015, and Caesars Interactive, whose key social casino titles include Slotomania and Caesars Casino, reported gross revenues of $167.6 million, according to Eilers Research.

"The global social casino game market rose to $809.6 million during the first quarter of 2015, a bump of 7 percent over the same time a year ago, again according to Eilers Research. Revenues from mobiles accounted for 61 percent of the total market during the quarter, compared with 50 percent in the prior year period.

"The global market for social casino games is expected to bring in $3.2 billion by the end of 2015, with North America making up nearly half the market, according to SuperData."

The Cnet article in its entirety is available here.

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    okotomi1

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    Gambling is some kind of training for the brain. You learn that you might win easely, at least you thing that this is easely. People who gamble are usually being judged for doing this and there is a thin line between having fun and addiction.
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    I can not understand addiction. You're spending as much as you have ... of course. If you do not have money you will not spend it. Am I right? Everyone is his own worst enemy. The apparatus can not be responsible for someone's failure.
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    caroline.brown

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    you can gamble on anything, really, if youre so inclined. i think its just stupid that a good majority of the casinos and software are banned in the usa. if theyll allow some but not others, they obviousluy arent trying to to protect us from gambling, or they wouldnt allow any. so its a matter of money, whos allowed and whos banned... corrupt usa as usual
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    Wow, I'm ready not only the article but all those long posting. I agree with most of the postings. But gambling is everywhere not just the games you play on your mobile devices. The weekly lottery or even the lottery scratch tickets. There is even a football pool where you buy squares. Gaming is everywhere. They don't need to focus on an industry that produces mobile gaming, because it's everywhere not only online etc.
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    As far as gambling/social gaming addiction (and how similar they really are) I think we’re only just now seeing the tip of the iceberg here in America. As more and more states regulate, more and more americans will see the likeness between Farmville and slots.
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    oh man i agree with the addiction of online gambling because i am absolutely addicted to it, but the plus side is i dont have to sit in traffic or drive anywhere, or put up finding a machine to play at land casinos and the comfort you have in the privacy of your own home is the best of all i love online gaming thanks rferry5
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    The social gambling facts talking for itselves. 81 millions for 1st quarter by zynga, other abnormal amounts to other market leaders. The truth is, social gambling is growing new generation of real gamblers. They are doing good. There are too much gambling between young people. This is inner addictive circle, without end. Govs should take care on this at least. Can't agree with current pop-culture cultivation: fast living, addictions, web-living, facebook conversations and our lives. Just stop for a minute. Where we are going? Take care.
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    Luke I don't read of any "rich" people who got that way gambling, quite the opposite. Like any "addiction", & I am not a person that believes addiction is a disease to me it is a choice, you choose to drink, do drugs, porn, gamble. What are the consequences? Online gambling in the US is illegal & will not be legal as far as I have heard but we still do it. The infamous casino icon Steve Wynn (73) was interviewed & said the casinos are losing $, he just spent $4 billion dollars on a casino in Macau China & is afraid that $ is lost because all the Chinese gov't wants to be paid kickbacks. The interview is on this site is on this site just search his name. Please don't encourage younger people to this bad habit & tell them they can get rich you know that is false hope & younger people today need real hope.
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    well everyone wants to strike it rich and gambling is the only legal way anyone can win lots of money in a small amount of time so yeah basically the whole world will be gambling online sooner or later and i dont think its a problem people just want to be entertained and will go to the extra lenghts to satisfy that need.
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    I did not read but 3 paragraphs into this one. Casinos are never going to cease to exist, that being said , wasted opinions and projected grief is the content of the article. Why not contemplate how it can be perceived differently and how it is possible that Casinos can offer that a percentage of proceeds and winnings go towards creative opportunity for the targeted youth to build games and software, to be into motion ideas and endless productivity possibility's . Projecting how social gambling is going to make monsters out of people is pure bullshit, the human mind and heart will always take a creative path if given that alternate choice, expeically our youth, To project weakness of mind and an inability to get out of stuck on the button mode , is again I state Pure Bullshit. Peaceout.

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