NSW Provides A$400,000 to Fight Gambling Addiction

A$400,000 in grants have been provided by The Office of Responsible Gambling for the Australian state of New South Wales, allowing different universities to research how to fight gambling addiction.

The money is going to be disbursed through five different universities across the country and is primarily aimed at finding ways that technology can help beat addiction. One of the measures will include the formation of an animation series to help educate children on the dangers of gambling addiction. Another program will look at loot boxes and their effects on minors.

Speaking about the grants, Office of Responsible Gambling director Natalie Wright noted: "Technology and in particular online betting have made it easier than ever before for people to gamble.

We need to better understand betting motivations and what approaches work best for people at risk of gambling harm," she said. "It's also important our research looks into the impact of gambling technology and innovation on younger people as well as the effectiveness of support for families of problem gamblers."

"By funding programs and research projects like these, we will further develop and underpin the evidence base for responsible gambling policy and programs."

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22 May 2019 - 4:17pm
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It's good to see universities getting funds to help look into some of this stuff and fight addiction. I think we could use more of that over here, especially where betting is expanding.

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24 May 2019 - 3:03pm
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The amount granted for this cause is quite impressive...probably they'll do a fine job with that...but it's probably too late for Ed, as a NSW native and a gambling addict...a bit too late Tongue

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27 May 2019 - 2:43am
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Its never too late! lol

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28 May 2019 - 1:04pm
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I am interested to see what the loot box study will find. My kids don't do loot boxes, but they seem keen to try and buy skins on Fortnite. I don't understand either of these, but kids sure seem "addicted" to them.

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30 May 2019 - 6:26am
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Yeah those things baffle me. You can play the games for free yet people still want to pay extra to change what their character looks like even though it does nothing other than make a cosmetic difference. There are other games of course that are basically "pay to win" and the loot boxes are just out and out gambling on getting a key item.

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