2. Problem Gaming
Most people keep their gambling in check, but for some, they quickly let things get a bit out of control. As much as we like to challenge our buds and have epic battles, just keep the following in mind when using Rivalspot’s services:
- Gaming should be seen as just for fun, not a way of earning money – no matter how good you think you are, this ain’t gonna pay the rent;
- Avoid chasing losses – this is dangerous business; most people who chase losses usually end up with bigger losses;
- Only play in tournaments with entry fees in which you can afford to lose – a no-brainer; no point in getting in over your head;
- Keep track of how much time and money you spend gambling – a gambling log is a great reality check; knowing how much you’ve won (or lost) will make you a better bettor;
- If you need help, use the deposit limits and time limits in the player protection page to control the amount you can spend [NTD: please confirm availability of such features. A: we intend to have this in a post-launch update].
Don’t play when you’re tired, angry, depressed or drunk, as it can negatively affect your ability to make good decisions – think about it: have you ever made a good decision while tired, angry, depressed, or drunk?
If you believe that you’re using Rivalspot’s Services no longer simply for entertainment purposes, and that you may lose control of your gambling activities, we would like to help you. Please ask yourself the following questions – and be sure to be honest with yourself:
- Did you ever lose time from work or school due to gaming?
- Has gaming caused you to neglect your own welfare or that of your family?
- Do you prefer to gamble than spend time with your family or friends?
- Do you gamble to pay debts or solve financial difficulties?
- Have you ever lied, borrowed, sold or stolen anything to finance gambling?
- Have you played until all your money was gone?
- Have you ever played longer than you had planned?
- After a loss, do you feel you need to play again to try and make up what you've lost?
- After a win, do you have a strong urge to try and win more?
- Have you ever gambled to escape worry, trouble or boredom?
- Does gambling cause you to have trouble sleeping?
- Are you reluctant to use “gambling money” for normal expenditures?
- Do you ever have an urge to celebrate any good fortune with a few hours of gambling?
- Do arguments, disappointments or frustrations give you the urge to gamble?
- Have you ever considered self-destruction or suicide as a result of your playing?
People with a compulsive gambling problem are more than likely to answer “yes” to some of these questions. If you think gambling is becoming a problem, we encourage you to contact one of the following organizations:
National Council on Problem Gambling
Interactive Gaming Council