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May 9, 2024

Dave & Buster’s plan to allow betting on arcade games draws scrutiny

Dave & Buster's, a popular chain of entertainment venues featuring arcade games, is facing criticism for their plans to incorporate legal betting on these games. Critics argue that despite legislative approval, this decision might promote gambling addiction and deem the atmosphere inappropriate for underage individuals. Dave & Buster's stated their intent to add "skill-based wagering" to their lineup of offered activities, arguing that it can spur more competition and add a layer of excitement to the gaming experience. They reassure that their main focus is customer entertainment and engagement, and that they will take every possible measure to ensure any new features are implemented responsibly. However, the announcement has prompted a wave of negative feedback from different corners of society, including mental health professionals and parents. They warn of the potential risk for players to develop gambling addiction and express concern about the venue becoming less family-friendly. Some critics even question the legality of the decision, pointing out that gambling on games usually falls under different regulations than what Dave & Buster’s is subject to due to its status as an entertainment and dining establishment. Dave & Buster’s have affirmed that they will fully cooperate with regulatory bodies to ensure compliance with local laws and regulations, and will work to implement safeguards to protect their customers if their plan moves forward.