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Why Spot the Ball?


  • October 07, 2020

Tentacle aims to provide top-notch solutions that do not compromise on official rules or laws, and Spot the Ball is rightfully one of them as it is a game of skill and not one of chance. A game of skill is based principally on the mental or physical capability of the player, instead of luck. In such games, players' experience plays an inherent role in the outcome. Skilled games allow for players to explore their limits. They encourage an atmosphere where players are eager to understand rules and simultaneously look for ways to implement new and better strategies. These games typically require practice to increase the chances of success.

What Does a Chance-Based Game Look Like?

A chance-based game, on the other hand, is mainly subject to a randomizer of any kind. In such games, the players mostly bet money by choosing a number or by pressing a button and wishing to land on the number they chose. All games that include the use of dice, playing cards, or picking a numbered ball come under the category of games of chance.   

However, with our STB solution, you can rest assured that it has no such element that makes it a game of chance. We are well familiar with skilled games - years of our experience will save you the trouble of getting on the Gambling Commissions radar. We get many people every month coming to us because they have received a letter from the Gambling Commission. Once you are under their radar, your site is scrutinized, and you will be told to bring down your site or get a license, which is often expensive.

Whether or not a particular game is skilled or chance-based is one of the major controversies surrounding the gambling industry. The line between skilled games and games of chance is thin, making it a challenging task to differentiate between them correctly.

The official UK stance on a skilled game

Like other countries, The official UK stance on a skilled game is: 

In order for a prize competition to be legitimate and not a lottery, there must be an element of skill, familiarity, or ruling that can, in all probability, stop a considerable number of people who want to take part from doing so or stop a considerable number of people who take part from acquiring a prize.

With Spot the ball, everyone who plays is playing to see where the judge will think the ball will be. Not where the ball originally was. So as the judging will be done after the competition has ended, everyone has a level playing field.

Also, in Spot the Ball, users are "guessing" where the ball is. They guess by looking at where the other players are looking and assess. They do this because this is what the judges will be doing to work out where the ball is.

Do not fall for the Q&A trap as the only way it gets approved by the Gambling Commission is if the question is very hard so that they fulfill the criteria of stopping a considerable proportion of people who want to take part from doing so or stopping a considerable number of people who take part from acquiring a prize, in all probability. If it is very simple, then this won't be the case. However, if it is hard, then people are less likely to play! Catch 22!

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