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The Lure of Loot: Gambling and Manipulative Design in Youth Video Games
Did you know that mainstream video games increasingly contain elements that may promote gambling behavior in young people? What are “loot boxes”, casino-type video games, skin gambling,other hidden and more obvious monetisation devices that promote betting among players? How do I know whether my child is susceptible to problematic gambling in video games and online social gaming communities?

Children and Screens’ Wednesday, October 5th “Ask the Experts” webinar, “The Lure of Loot: Gambling and Manipulative Design in Youth Video Games”, will explore the behavioral impacts on children and teens of gambling elements within video games. An outstanding panel of psychologists, researchers, and gambling addiction experts will share ways that parents and educators can identify problematic video games, spot the warning signs of gambling addiction in their children, and start a dialogue to help children think critically about the manipulative design techniques present in so much of their online entertainment.

(See speaker list below.)

Oct 5, 2022 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Speakers

Jeffrey Derevensky, PhD (Moderator)
James McGill Professor of Educational & Counseling Psychology, Professor of Psychiatry, Director of the International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and High Risk Behaviors, McGill University
David Zendle, PhD
Lecturer, Department of Computer Science, University of York
Leon Xiao, LLM
PhD Fellow, IT University of Copenhagen; Visiting Scholar, Queen Mary University of London
Kev Clelland
Director of Insight and Engagement, YGAM