While there is a collective agreeance in the sector that minors should be protected at all costs from the pitfalls of gambling, research conducted in 2020 suggests more could be done from a marketing perspective to prevent problem gambling from developing at an early age.
The study, led by Ipsos MORI - a UK-based marketing research firm - produced a damning headline. Those between the ages of 11 and 24 who were exposed to gambling marketing and advertisements would bet later in life.
It is the basis of that research that spurred Mr Kidd's Campaign to Ban Advertising for Gambling, and the industry in Canada is struggling to come up with an acceptable compromise.
Steve Joordens, a psychology professor at the University of Toronto, believes companies need to be more careful about how they go about getting players to sign up for their platform, especially because of the powerful combination of random rewards and dopamine release.
He said: "Just get the person to reach into their pocket. You know, they don't even have to go to a casino anymore. Just reach into their pocket, pull out their phone, and they can be off and gambling."
In other mature markets, such as the UK, the industry has been facing similar calls. A report released in December last year called on all sports governing bodies to cut the volume of gambling adverts in stadiums.
Upon the report's release, Culture Media and Sport, Chair, Dame Caroline Dinenage MP said: "While gambling regulation should not overly impinge on the freedom to enjoy what is a problem-free pastime for the majority, more should be done to shield both children and people who have experienced problem gambling from what often seems like a bombardment of advertising branding at football and other sporting events. The government needs to go further than the proposals in the White Paper and work with sports governing bodies on cutting the sheer volume of betting adverts people are being exposed to."
Previously, a gambling White Paper published in April 2023, was deemed a watermark in the UK's approach to gambling. In it, the government pledged a serious shake-up on affordability checks, a consultation on stake limits on slots, and an ombudsman for dispute resolution, among other commitments.