Nova Scotia’s provincial government announced it will switch the My-Play System from mandatory to voluntary, and started disabling certain aspects of the technology altogether on September 8. Designed to prevent non-problem gamblers from becoming addicted to video lottery terminals, the My-Play System was installed on Nova Scotia VLTs in April 2012. But, said Andrew Younger, the minister responsible for Part I of the Gaming Control Act, “while the My-Play System may have been a reasonable attempt to improve responsible gaming features on VLTs, in the end, it did not reduce play by people with gambling addictions, and in fact, the vast majority of play sessions didn’t even use the main features of the product,” Younger said.
Developed by Cape Breton-based Techlink Entertainment, the card-based My-Play System gives players information about their current and past VLT activity, and lets them set a spending and/or time limit and stop play immediately.
Younger noted, “In addition to providing responsible gambling programs and being mindful of people with gambling addictions, we must also be mindful of public dollars. We have reached the conclusion that, given the system does not work as intended, further spending of public dollars on it is not reasonable.”
The total cost of the My-Play System was $19.5 million, including $13.1 million for capital costs and the remainder on development and operation of the system, said Nova Scotia Provincial Lotteries and Casino Corporation spokeswoman Stacy O’Rourke.