Research under CHARGE includes several major, multi-year studies (listed alphabetically by project title) currently underway:

EPIC Risk Management & Athletes Initiative

Funder: EPIC Risk Management

The Division is collaborating with EPIC Risk Management to study professional athletes’ relationships with problematic gambling behavior. This research aims to (1) describe the current state of gambling and gambling-related problems among professional athletes in North America, (2) examine key correlates and other considerations for these athletes’ gambling-related outcomes, and (3) assess these athletes’ key gambling and gambling-related problem awareness, experiences, and actions. The Division will use open science principles and practices for this work.

Evaluating and Enhancing GameSense: Public Health, Social Science, and Business Perspectives

Funder: MGM Resorts International via the University of Nevada, Las Vegas

The goal of this study is to evaluate the GameSense program as implemented throughout MGM Resorts International properties in North America. GameSense is a branded responsible gambling program that includes both customer and employee facing components. Using MGM’s multi-property portfolio, this study will assess the safety, reach, and effectiveness of the MGM-GameSense program and complete a comparative analysis of the imposed (i.e., GameSense managed by entities external to MGM) and integrated (i.e., GameSense managed by MGM) models of GameSense.

The GVC-Division on Addiction Internet Gambling Research Collaborative

Funder: GVC Holdings, PLC

The Division will conduct a five-year research study on gambling and gambling-related problems among patrons of GVC Holdings PLC, the multinational sports betting and gaming group. GVC will provide the Division with access to anonymized player data across a range of its brands, sports betting, and gaming products. The research will be broad ranging, focusing on a number of areas including, but not limited to: Patterns of normal internet gambling behavior, behavioral markers of gambling problems among internet players generally and on specific bettor and game types, cross-product analyses, cross-brand analyses, and the effects of the expansion of gambling in new markets. The Division will evaluate the effectiveness of algorithms used by GVC and other operators to detect at-risk behaviors, assess the effectiveness of intervention messaging and the impact of operators’ responsible gaming tools.