The convergence of gambling and monetised gaming activities

Daniel L. King, Paul H. Delfabbro

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A recent innovation contributing to the massive growth and profitability of the gaming industry has been the development of in-game monetisation. In-game purchasing features (e.g. ‘loot boxes’, ‘skins’, and other microtransactions) have also generated debate in some jurisdictions as to whether some activities constitute a form of gambling. This brief review presents some academic perspectives and recent studies that have examined the validity of this claim. Evidence has focused on the nature of micro-transaction purchase behaviour, its similarity with gambling, parallel involvement in gambling, and its association with problematic gaming. Early evidence suggests that higher levels of involvement in monetised gaming activities may be associated with symptoms of problematic gaming or gambling.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)32-36
Number of pages5
JournalCurrent Opinion in Behavioral Sciences
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2020


  • Loot box
  • Loot boxes
  • Skin betting
  • In-game monetisation
  • In-game purchasing
  • Microtransaction
  • Microtransactions
  • micro-transaction purchase behaviour
  • monetised gaming activities


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