Alex Kiziltan was 13 when he first bought points on the Fifa football video game. He sat in front of his PlayStation and spent them on mystery “packs” containing random players to build his team.
Like millions of people, the teenager was enticed by the chance of getting a highly rated footballer — a Lionel Messi or Pelé — who would give him a better chance of winning games against friends. But he was being drawn into gambling in his bedroom.
If he did not win a good enough player, he would buy another pack. Sometimes he would smash his controller or cry in frustration. Over the next four years he spent £6,000 on the game, initially on his mother’s card and later with wages