The Gamification of Responsible Gambling: A Critical Discussion of Emergent Techniques for Addressing Gambling-Related Harms


  • Amina Vance



American Psychiatric Association. (2022). Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders: Dsm-5-Tr. Fifth edition.

Ariyabuddhiphongs, V. (2013). Problem Gambling Prevention: Before, During, and After Measures. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction,11(5), 568–582.

Blaszczynski, A., Collins, P., Fong, D., Ladouceur, R., Nower, L., Shaffer, H. J., Tavares, H., & Venisse, J. (2011). Responsible Gambling: General Principles and Minimal Requirements. Journal of Gambling Studies, 27(4), 565–573.

Bongiorno, J. (2023, March 16). Online Gambling in Quebec Surged during 1st Year of Pandemic: Study. CBCnews.

Campbell, C. S., & Smith, G. J. (2003). Gambling in Canada, from Vice to Disease to Responsibility: A Negotiated History. Canadian Bulletin of Medical History = Bulletin Canadien d’histoire de La Médecine, 20(1), 121–149.

Cassidy, R. (2014). Afterword: Manufacturing Gambling. Oceania, 84(3), 306–314.

Cook, S., Turner, N. E., Ballon, B., Paglia-Boak, A., Murray, R., Adlaf, E. M., Ilie, G., den Dunnen, W., & Mann, R. E. (2015). Problem gambling among Ontario students: associations with substance abuse, mental health problems, suicide attempts, and delinquent behaviours. Journal of Gambling Studies, 31(4), 1121-1134.

Cosgrave, J. F., & Klassen, T. R. (2009). Casino State: Legalized gambling in Canada. University of Toronto Press Incorporated.

Destination Ontario. (2023, August 17). Casinos.

Griffiths, M. D. (2019). Use of gamification in facilitating the use of responsible gambling tools. Gaming Law Review, 23(1), 19-22.

Hancock, L. & Smith, G. (2017). Critiquing the Reno model I-IV international influence on regulators and governments (2004-2015) –the distorted reality of ‘responsible gambling’. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, 15, 1151-1176.

Harris, J. & White, V. (2018). Responsibilization. In A Dictionary of Social Work and Social Care 2nd edition. Oxford University Press.

Jiang, K. (2023). Ontarians Wagered $35.6 Billion in Province’s First Year of Legal Online Gambling. Toronto Star.

Johnson, M. R. (2021). “Gaming Addiction” and the Politics of Pathologies. Critical Gambling Studies.

Miller, H. E., Thomas, S. L., Smith, K. M., & Robinson, P. (2016). Surveillance, responsibility and control: An analysis of government and industry discourses about ‘Problem’ and ‘Responsible’ gambling. Addiction Research and Theory, 24(2), 163–176.

Nicoll, F. (2007). The problematic joys of gambling: Subjects in a state. New Formations: A Journal of Culture/Theory/Politics, 63, 103–120.

OLG. (2023). 2021–22 Annual Report Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation.

Research Chair on Gambling Studies. (2021). COVID-19 and Gambling: Marketing and Social Media.

Reith, G. (2013). Techno economic systems and excessive consumption: a political economy of 'pathological' gambling. The British Journal of Sociology, 64(4), 717–738.

Reith, G. (2018). Addictive Consumption: Capitalism, Modernity and Excess (1st ed.). Routledge.

Reynolds, J., Kairouz, S., Ilacqua, S., & French, M. (2020). Responsible Gambling: A Scoping Review. Critical Gambling Studies, 1(1), 23–39.

Rose, N. (1999). Powers of Freedom: Reframing Political Thought. Cambridge University Press.

Stevens, R. (2021). $14.5-Billion Per Year and Counting: Canadian Gambling Statistics. Critical Gambling Studies.

Turner, N. E., Cook, S., & van der Maas, M. (2022). The impact of COVID-19 on gambling-related crisis calls in Ontario, Canada: an interrupted time series analysis. Journal of Gambling Issues, 50, 185-202.

Whitson, J. R. (2013). Gaming the Quantified Self. Surveillance & Society, 11(1/2), 163–176.

Whitson, J. & French, M. (2021). Productive play: The shift from responsible consumption to responsible production. Journal of Consumer Culture, 21(1), 14–33.

WHO. (2020). Addictive behaviours: Gaming disorder.

Wood, R. T. A. & Wohl, M. J. A. (2015). Assessing the effectiveness of a responsible gambling behavioural feedback tool for reducing the gambling expenditure of at-risk players. International Gambling Studies, 15(2), 324–339.

Woodcock, J. & Johnson, M. R. (2017) Gamification: What It Is, and How to Fight It. The Sociological Review, 66(3), 542–58.




How to Cite

Vance, A. (2023). The Gamification of Responsible Gambling: A Critical Discussion of Emergent Techniques for Addressing Gambling-Related Harms . Critical Gambling Studies.



Critical Gambling Studies Blog