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KAMAGAMES Gaming vs Gambling


KamaGames’ Sam Forrest – Director, Global Communications – asks: Has Gaming Become a Gamble?


T


he rules of gambling are fairly easy to understand: a player wagers currency on a game or a bet in the hope of winning a prize. Key elements here are the concept of risk and the opportunity of being rewarded with something that has real-world value.


While social casino games share a lot of similar gaming mechanics with real-money casinos, they are in fact two entirely different worlds.


A DIFFERENT GAME


In real-money casino games, the gamble of winning or losing money is what drives many real-money casino players back to the tables time and time again. Social casino games’ success is actually due to just how differently they operate to this real-money model with the most notable contrast being that with social casino gaming there is no ‘cash out’ option, eliminating any possibility for real-world-value gain and in-turn, any association with gambling.


Furthermore, social casino games are traditionally designed around the free-to-play model which means that an individual can play entirely for free thanks to the bonus chips they receive daily. If a player runs out of chips and they want to continue playing immediately, they can, of course, purchase more but this isn’t a requirement to play. They also can’t exchange these chips for real-world currency once the transaction is complete. Without a core element of risk or potential return on investment, one might have pause to call social casino “gambling”. As a result of the ‘no cash-out’ feature, social casino players have entirely different reasons for engaging with social casino than those looking for a real-money gamble. Social casino players primarily seek out games with a strong social element already present. This is constantly at the fore of our focus when we launch a new title, which is why we host so many social features in our flagship Pokerist app.


Players feel as though they have a stake in the game but… there’s no risk of a significant and sudden


downgrade in mood should they lose


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For instance, Pokerist players can not only engage via chat options but also by sending gifts or by transferring dice throws in games like craps. Players are attracted to the app, in part, because of these features along with their genuine love for the casino-style games we offer. Even without the potential for monetary gain, there’s still a thrill of the win when players emerge from a long game victorious over their opponents, which is evident through the


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