Australian online gaming provider Aristocrat Leisure was in the center of attention last week, after the company appeared in court on the charges suggesting the design of their slot machines was deceptive and misleading the players.
Aristocrat was sued by a former problem gambler Shonica Guy, who claimed the Sydney-based company’s release Dolphin Treasure was purposely designed to fool the players, making them believe they had won.
These allegations refer to Melbourne’s Crown Casino, where there are 38 Dolphin Treasure machines in total.
According to media reports, the company’s representative, who took the stand last week, fervently denied their slot machines were deceptive in any way, stating they pass strict regulatory standards and tests before entering the market.
Barrister Peter Jopling said it was impossible for Guy to be deceived by the machines, especially since there was a lot of information about the game itself available via brochures and online.
Jopling added Guy should have informed herself before playing. He pointed out that the information on the game was written in plain language and was easily comprehensible to everyone.
Apart from all that, the Aristocrat representative emphasized the game in question – Dolphin Treasure – along with its features, had been rigorously inspected by the regulators. According to him, saying the game has secret features is an absurd and an unreasonable accusation.
Jopling stated the developers had to abide the strict regulations adopted by the regulatory authorities. All the games are heavily scrutinized before they hit the market, and offer a plethora of information on the game’s features, including payouts, symbols, bonuses etc.
Guy filed a lawsuit not only against Aristocrat, but also against Melbourne’s Crown Resorts casino and hotel group, claiming the Dolphin Treasure features unevenly distributed symbols across the reels, which in turn makes it harder to win payouts.
The first to appear in court were the representatives of Crown Resorts. They stated that the argument of the opposite side lacked common sense, since having an uneven spread of symbols on reels was a common characteristic of all slot machines.