Gaming addiction is viewed as a major challenge across Asia, with growing access to online and mobile gaming raising the risk for problem behaviour, researchers say. Concern over problem gambling is often cited as a key reason why regional governments ban access to casinos for their residents and how to effectively tackle the issue may play a role in shaping future legislation.
The UEFA Euro 2016 soccer championship is fueling a spike in gambling among Thai youth, despite police crackdowns, with an increasing portion of bets being placed online, according to new research. A joint survey conducted by Chulalongkorn University’s Centre for Gaming Studies together with the Research Centre for Social and Business Development found that more than 16 percent of Thai youth in major provinces were planning to bet on the championships, which kicked off in France on June 10th and will run through to July 10th. That's despite a government "stop" campaign.