Candy crush saga licensed as gambling

Should games like Candy Crush saga be licensed under gambling law?

Candy Crush Saga logo
Candy Crush Saga logo

I’m watching someone play a slot machine, and it may as well be candy crush saga.. People play, they get stuck by game logic, they pay, they play on, and on…

Legally what constitutes a “gambling game”? Matt Pollins from OLS…WANG has the answer and also some thoughts, (¬†He thinks that things are getting a bit too close now, because gambling is,

a particular activity constitutes “playing a game of chance for a prize”

However, “social gambling¬†distinguishes itself from gambling is by preventing players from taking the virtual currency they have “won” out of the game”. Yet like it or not they are playing for a prize. Does that mean the laws and regulations should be looked at again, or is that a but too much.

Personally, I believe they should be looked at again. An addictive game where you put money in to increase your chance sounds a bit of the doge side. Especially since seeing the similarity in human activity between Candy Crush Saga and a fruit machine.



By Dan Course

Senior Instructional Designer. Partnerships, people, products, delivery, agile tech and online edu. Naturally curious, innovative and willing to challenge the status quo.


  1. As a recovering compulsive gambler I would definitely not play Candy Crush. It’s very similar to the games I would play on internet gaming sites and I imagine the buzz would be the same. Once the buzz goes you look for it elsewhere. Personally I know if I played Candy Crush it would only be a mater of time until I was back gambling my brains out causing all sorts of havoc. Be aware of this growing addiction and stay safe. Mel xx


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