What is Gaming?

‘Gaming’ is the term most widely used in law to describe legal gambling activities. Gaming can take many forms, such as casino gaming, online gaming, and mobile gaming. The term can refer to traditional casino games such as roulette, blackjack and poker, to online and offline slots, and even to bingo and lottery games.

Though it is rarely applied to activities such as sports betting, this kind of gambling still falls under the general term of ‘gaming’ and is still covered by any relevant gaming laws.

Gaming Explained

The term ‘gaming’ usually refers to video gaming, such as in arcades or on games consoles. However, in the gambling industry ‘gaming’ has a slightly different meaning. Gaming refers to any activity of commercial gambling which is legally permitted within the nation where it takes place. This can include playing lotteries or placing sports wagers, or taking part in casino games online or offline. When ‘gaming’ is used in law, it means any act of legal wagering where cash or goods are staked against a random outcome.

Gaming includes, but is not limited to, slot games, roulette, blackjack, poker, video poker, skill-based gaming, eSports, baccarat, lotteries, keno, bingo and sports betting.

The casino industry itself is sometimes referred to as the ‘gaming industry’. As well as covering casino venues themselves, the gaming industry includes the developers, designers and programmers who make casino games. Thousands of new casino games are developed and released each year, for online players and for use in land-based casinos and game arcades.

This gaming industry is usually regulated and monitored by a gaming control board or a gaming commission. Gaming authorities issue the licenses for gambling operators and ensure that those operators meet all legal requirements. They also regulate the industry’s finances, and work with operators and players to ensure that gambling is a safe and responsible activity.