Responsible Gaming with the Power of AI and Blockchain

At this juncture, the gaming industry is presented with numerous challenges related to security, sustainability and responsible gaming. While the potential dangers of new technologies such as blockchain and artificial intelligence are certainly real, the potential benefits they could bring are worth the gamble, says industry veteran Bruce Merati (l.).

Responsible Gaming with the Power of AI and Blockchain

The rise of online gaming and sports wagering has marked a pivotal shift, bringing responsible gaming to the forefront. In this paradigm shift, operators and regulators are tasked with addressing the social ramifications of gambling addiction, which can impact the sustainability of the industry using new technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI).

AI is a technological phenomenon that has swept across various sectors of the economy, gaining newfound prominence with the release of generative AI applications like ChatGPT. AI, a concept that encompasses the intricate amalgamation of computing prowess, data and machine learning, is poised to revolutionize the gaming industry. From content creation, operational efficiency, marketing strategies, to the cultivation of responsible gambling practices, AI offers a myriad of opportunities.

Gaming manufacturers can harness the potential of generative AI for diverse tasks, including graphic design. However, the challenge lies in navigating the somewhat hazy realm of copyright issues that surround this domain. Beyond graphics, AI’s scope extends to sports odds generation, software development and the streamlining of daily operational tasks like customer service, email communications and player inquiries. More importantly, AI can play a pivotal role in striking a balance between robust marketing initiatives and the imperative of responsible gaming.

Realizing the full potential of AI in the gaming industry necessitates the seamless integration of data originating from traditional brick-and-mortar systems, such as slot accounting systems, with the deluge of data produced by online gaming. This integration is marred by a notable challenge—the lack of interoperability between these distinct systems. Furthermore, the management of loyalty rewards, a linchpin for customer acquisition and retention, grapples with the obstacles posed by the incompatibility of various systems within an operator’s infrastructure.

Another pressing challenge confronting the gaming industry pertains to the safeguarding of players’ personal information, particularly following a series of recent high-profile cyberattacks of major casinos. With vast volumes of data stored both offline and online, the industry must proactively address privacy concerns exacerbated by ransomware attacks. The convergence of AI and blockchain technology emerges as a solution to these challenges while simultaneously unveiling new opportunities. Blockchain, with its cryptographic data security capabilities, can interlock information as immutable blocks and timestamps, ensuring transparency and auditability.

The fusion of blockchain and AI delivers an exceptional enhancement in data security. It provides an immutable record of transactions and maintains comprehensive transaction logs. What distinguishes this synergy is AI’s rapid data processing capacity, bestowing an elevated level of intelligence upon blockchain-based business networks. This combination ensures not only secure and time-stamped transaction records but also empowers businesses with the analytical ability to extract invaluable insights, thereby elevating blockchain to a higher echelon of utility in an operator’s business environment.

Operators can leverage AI for lead generation and prospecting, with outcomes heavily contingent on the quality of inputs. To fully harness AI’s marketing potential while upholding responsible gaming practices, input must be holistic data, encompassing information generated by both legacy brick-and-mortar and online gaming systems. Essentially, a bet represents a contractual agreement between an operator and a player, hinging on chance. If the bet is successful, the player is rewarded with a win amount, while if it is not, the operator retains the bet.

Blockchain technology has now matured enough to treat wagers as digital contracts, cryptographically recording all their elements within a single block of data. This is in stark contrast to the conventional practice of dispersing data across disparate fields within a system’s database. Moreover, the financial industry has paved the way with stablecoins, a method that utilizes blockchain technology to record transactions as contracts. Casinos can take the lead in this transition by introducing their own white label stablecoin, referred to as Casino Crypto Currency (C3). This innovative currency records all elements of a wager, while still retaining their traditional currencies, such as casino chips and Ticket-In-Ticket-Out (TITO).

C3, backed by funds held in the casino’s cage or in its bank account, records all the elements of a wager on the blockchain within a closed-loop system under regulatory oversight. It integrates loyalty rewards, incentivizing players to exchange their chips for C3 before leaving the casino and using them for online gaming, thus saving on credit card processing. C3 loyalty rewards can effortlessly integrate with rewards offered by other businesses, like those in the travel and leisure industry, serving as a valuable cross-marketing tool.

Modernizing loyalty programs, enhancing customer experiences and ensuring data security without entirely discarding existing systems, especially when dealing with legacy slot machines and their infrastructure, can be achieved by migrating customer data, including personal information and historical loyalty rewards, to a new database. This facilitates the implementation of a modern loyalty rewards system, complete with real-time rewards, personalized offers, mobile app integration, and a bridge to transfer data seamlessly between the legacy and new loyalty systems.

In conclusion, as gaming continues its digital evolution and AI’s advancement persists, operators who adapt to these new technologies stand to reap their manifold benefits. The consolidation of comprehensive data from various systems, coupled with the adoption of standardized data capture methods of C3 and technologies like AI and blockchain, paves the way for operational efficiencies, reduces manual workloads in marketing endeavors, and fosters a harmonious equilibrium between marketing and responsible gaming practices. This transformation positions the gaming industry for a brighter future.

Articles by Author: Bruce Merati

Bruce Merati is cofounder of BC Technologies, a sportsbook system provider and CEO of Uplay1, a gaming IP company.