We've been spoiled in the UK for a long time and RTPs of 96-97% were never going to be sustainable in the long-term. I agree that 94% is quite a drop but you can still get a perfectly good game on that RTP%. Yes, your game time will be reduced on average which means your money will not last as long as it once did, but seeing as you have to adhere to deposit limits I don't see how your going to lose more money; you'll just spend it quicker. A lot of countries have never offered anywhere near 96% RTP yet the market is still vibrant. We have to accept that we're going to be getting in-line with what lots of countries have already had for years.Like many others, I think there are more important things for the UKGC to focus on - like making it illegal for casinos to run slots at less than 96% TRTP. This will protect problem gamblers AND non-problem gamblers alike.
As I pointed out when filling in the survey: "Lowering the TRTPs massively reduces the amount of play-time players get for their money, and so is likely to lead to players depositing more £, or more frequently, or both."
And: " I feel casinos should be forced to supply players with more information. In particular, the TRTP of each game should be clearly displayed either before you enter the game, or on the first screen that appears when the game window opens."
I nearly always use auto-play. If it is removed, I'm not sure I could be bothered to play regulated casinos any more...
You can't say it should be illegal to operate slots under 96% RTP. Some games don't even have a version of the maths that goes that high, or only have one set, which might be 95.5% or something. Some small studios can't afford to offer games at 96%+ like the big boys, all depends on running costs and the markets they are in. They're not trying to become millionaires, just develop games in a crowded market and remain in business. Enforcing minimum RTPs could be the tipping point for their business becoming unviable. It would be like the Government banning the sale of milk at more than 10p a pint. All the dairy farmers would be fucked.
Showing the RTP% on the loading screen is a good idea though; saves the player having to go looking for it, and makes them fully aware of what they are going to be betting against. I like to know the price of my pint of milk when I pick it off the shelf, not find out when I'm at the till