GPWA Times Magazine - Issue 50 - August 2021

QUOTABLES Q U O T A B L E S “My prediction is everything exciting that’s going to happen in the next 10 years in online gaming — other than the games themselves — but everything else, in the running of business, the operating of the business, the payments of the business . . . that’s all going to be done on the blockchain.” — Calvin Ayre weighing in on the future of the gambling industry. “I am proud of everything the Gambling Commission has achieved during my 15 years with the organization. We have taken significant steps forward to make gambling fairer and safer and I know that I leave the organization in a strong position to meet its future challenges. With a review of the Gambling Act underway now feels the right time to step away and allow a new Chief Executive to lead the Commission on the next stage in its journey.” — Neil McArthur , former Chief Executive of the Gambling Commission, on his departure from the UKGC earlier this year. “Our research has found that online surveys tend to systematically overestimate the prevalence of gambling harm compared to face-to-face interview surveys. However, given the very high and rising cost of in-person surveying, and the limits this places on sample size and the frequency of surveys, we recommend a shift to predominantly online data collection in future, supplemented by periodic in person benchmarks.” —Professor Patrick Sturgis , Department of Methodology at the London School of Economics, on how methodological differences between surveys affect the accuracy of estimates of gambling harms. “Football is very low-margin for the operators. They try to hook new customers inwith football betting and then cross-sell the more addictive products like online slots, which have no limits on the stakes. That’s where the industrymakes its money.” — Matt Zarb-Cousin , founder of Clean up Gambling, in an article from The Guardian in June in which he claimed gambling firms produce “highly shareable” online content in order to reach a wider audience, including children. Photo credits: Zarb-Cousins - Courtesy of Clean Up Gambling; Sturgis - Courtesy of London School of Economics and Political Science; McArthur - Courtesy of UK Gambling Commission G P W A t i m e s . o r g 10