• Raschkowan Lecture Series: Is it Gambling? The Evolution of Chance in Video Games and Esports

    10.19.21John Norton

    November 18, 2021 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

    McGill University’s International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and High-Risk Behaviors in collaboration with the National Council on Problem Gambling presents: The Raschkowan Lecture Series – “Gambling During a Digital Revolution” 2021 – 2022 Webinars

    Join Dr. Brett Abarbanel, the Director of research at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, International Gaming Institute and assistant professor in the William F. Harrah College of Hospitality, with an affiliate position at the University of Sydney, for an exclusive presentation called Is it Gambling? The Evolution of Chance in Video Games and Esports.

    Gambling elements have become quite popular in video games and esports, and the interaction of these concepts has become increasingly complex. The impacts can be difficult to navigate: in some cases, convergence has led to fascinating developments in games and digital health. In other cases, the potential for negative impacts warrants concern and intervention. Abarbanel will explore where we have been and where we are going along the journey of gambling and gaming convergence internationally, and discuss where this intersection is showing up in unusual and unexpected ways.

    Her research covers video games, esports and gambling, operations and technology, and responsible gambling and community relations. Abarbanel is also the executive editor of the UNLV Gaming Research & Review Journal, on the editorial board at International Gambling Studies and Harvard University’s Brief Addiction Science Information Source, and recently completed a term on the International Advisory Panel for Singapore’s National Council on Problem Gambling. She has been interviewed as a gambling expert for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and the Discovery Channel, and served as a consultant for multiple industries and government entities. Abarbanel is a founding director of the Nevada Esports Alliance, which promotes the development of best practices at the intersection of the esports and regulated gambling industries.

    To register click here.

    There is no charge but registration is required.

    There will be four Raschkowan lectures in all; you may register for each one separately.