Concern has been raised regarding the amount of time youth are now spending engaging in video games. Several studies are now linking elements within video games (i.e. "loot boxes") as contributors to problem gambling among adolescents, however, neither youth nor parents are aware of this specific risk. The video game industry is loosely regulated which raises another issue: who is raising the warning flag? The presentation will provide a brief history of gambling and the odds of winning. The presentation will also explore the new phenomenon of "Esports" and how this new form of competition is playing a role in increasing the prevalence of video game addiction in adolescents. Lastly, the presentation will discuss the link between problem gambling and "loot boxes", a reward-based system typically found in several of today's most popular games.
- Participants will increase awareness of problem gambling and it's link to video games
- Participants will identify signs of problem gambling
- Participants will learn about Esport culture and it's effect on video game addiction
9:00am-10:00am: Presentation on the history of problem gambling, how it relates to video gaming and the negative effects certain elements of several popular video games can have on adolescents today.
10:00am-10:45am: Discussion on how to identify signs of problem gambling in youth
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