Macao Polytechnic Institute reveals results of study on gaming behaviour

The Centre for Gaming and Tourism Studies (CJT) of the Macao Polytechnic Institute (IPM) revealed the results of its research study on evolving trends of gaming behaviour among the Macau residents, dealers, and the Chinese gaming patrons.

The study – titled ‘Gamblers’ Fatigue: The Evolving Trends of Gaming Behavior among Gamblers’ – is jointly sponsored by the National Natural Science Foundation of China and the Science and Technology Development Fund of Macao.

The CJT research team conducted an extensive survey on the gaming preferences of the local residents, dealers, and gaming patrons from Mainland China.

‘When people first start to gamble, they tend to experience novelty and are particularly interested in gaming. However, their participation reduced gradually as the novelty and enthusiasm wore off over time. This is due to the combined efforts of the learning effect, awareness of harms in gambling, and social safeguard measures,’ the IPM centre noted.

‘As the excitement and novelty of gaming patrons drops, they will obtain a more objective view and understanding in gambling with a higher sensibility in their gambling behaviour’.

The centre suggested that authorities should explore new sources of tax and to increase employment opportunities beyond the gaming industry, with local gaming industry advised to introduce more non-gaming elements and be committed to the continuous innovation in its entertainment and gaming facilities.

According to a statement by IPM, the research could assist in developing a forward-looking strategy for the local gaming industry, and it ‘healthy and sustainable development’.