Gambling and video gaming

video game

The difference between video gaming and online gambling is hazy. Both are on your phone or computer, involve skill and chance, and stimulate your mind. Also, gaming platforms often include incorporate gambling-like features such as loot boxes.

Studies have shown that there's a link between online gaming and gambling.

Online gambling is more likely to encourage risky gambling habits. Being able to do it almost anywhere makes it easier to gamble more often, which can also cause problems. Gambling for the purpose of getting a "high" can result in risky gambling behavior.

When you gamble, what you play matters

fast paced online gambling

WHEN YOU GAMBLE, think about the type of game you’re playing. Your choices can make it easier or harder to stick to Canada’s Lower-Risk Gambling Guidelines [PDF].


Some types of gambling, such as electronic gaming machines or online poker, are faster paced, involve frequent betting and encourage you to play more often and for longer periods of time, and to spend more money.