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Bede Gaming kicks off biggest responsible gambling campaign to mark RG Week

Zoltan Tundik

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Responsible Gambling Week, Nov 1- 7, 2018 - Cashino at Romford. Photography Sam Pearce / www.square-image.co.uk Press contact details: timJ@thephagroup.com or alyssao@thephagroup.com. 24.08.2018
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Week-long series of RG awareness includes seminar from problem gambler – aimed at long-term goal of becoming the ‘safest place to play’

Bede Gaming, the award-winning supplier of software to the online gaming industry, has launched its inaugural campaign of responsible gaming initiatives to coincide with Responsible Gambling Week, as it progresses towards its long-term goal of being the ‘safest ‘place to play’.

The week-long internal campaign highlights the major issues, technology challenges and realities of problem gambling with the aim of educating its 177 strong staff as to how a responsible gaming company is more sustainable and successful.

With a strong focus on staff well-being, Bede has arranged a series of diverse initiatives and activities that it plans to continue to drive forward in the coming months and years.

As well as striving to develop its tools to the highest standard with an RG focus for player safety, the company is using this week to engage its staff with RG practices, to educate them on the risks of problem gambling and to encourage open discussion around the issues.

Bede’s Responsible Gaming Week highlights includes:

  • A series of staff awareness initiatives encouraging every technical and non-technical employee to examine how Bede can improve RG methods, and enhance its own RG technology tools
  • The integration of staff RG policies within the Bede Gaming employee handbook ensuring Bede is taking every step possible to look after the mental health and welfare of its staff
  • A seminar delivered by a reformed problem gambler to highlight the risks and to educate staff on spotting problem gambling behaviours

Alex Butcher, CEO, Bede Gaming, said: “RG Week is just the beginning of our journey to becoming a more responsible member of the gaming industry and practising what we preach. Raising awareness and discussing openly the issues involved, as well as engaging everyone to improve our responsible gaming tools and technologies, plays a crucial part in our long-term vision of being the safest place to play. We have a responsibility to both the industry and our staff to keep gambling safe and fun.”

Patrick Foster, Epic Risk Management, who is speaking to Bede employees this week, said: “It’s great to see Bede Gaming embracing RG week and taking the necessary steps on their journey to achieving their vision of being the safest place to play.

“If my story can help them achieve this through educating their staff and customers it can only be a good thing. At Epic Risk Management, we have all had problems with gambling and are now putting our experiences into helping the industry become more empowered and positive towards safer gambling practices.

“We want the industry to be fun, not destructive, and we’re starting to see a shift in attitudes towards more responsible gambling. The more companies like Bede, that can get on board with better practices and policies, the more successful and enjoyable the industry will be.”

After starting out as an affiliate in 2009 and developing some recognized review portals, I have moved deeper into journalism and media. My experience has lead me to move into the B2B sector and write about compliance updates and report around the happenings of the online and land based gaming sector.

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The AskGamblers Awards Finalists’ Names Are In

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The AskGamblers team is happy to announce the AskGamblers Awards finalists’ names are in and ready to share.

For the past two months, the AskGamblers players’ have been nominating their Best Online Casino, Best New Casino and Best New Slot to enter the finals to win the AskGamblers Awards. Two additional categories in the race are the Best Software Provider and the Best Affiliate Partner.

The nomination period has been as exciting and intense as any race of this magnitude, with the accent placed on choosing the best among the best. Now, with the nomination period of two months over and the voting phase in its full speed, the finalists’ names are finally available for the world to hear.

Here are the top 10 finalists who have made the cut:

Best New Casino: 21.com, BaoCasino, MonteCryptos Casino, Maneki, Sportsbet.io, Spinia Casino, SlotWolf, Syndicate, Wishmaker, and Wazamba Casino.

In the category for Best Casino, the following 10 made the cut: Betsson Casino, Bitstarz Casino, CampeonBet, Everum Casino, EnergyCasino, Gunsbet Casino, King Billy Casino, Konung Casino, Mr.Play, and Platincasino.

The Best Slot category lists the following names in the finals: Book of Oz Slot by Microgaming; Cleopatra’s Diary Slot by Fugaso; Dead or Alive 2 Slot by NetEnt; Gold Canyon Slot by Betsoft; Mechanical Orange Slot by BGAMING; Pirates’ Plenty Slot by Red Tiger Gaming; Razor Shark Slot by Push Gaming; Solar Queen Slot by Playson; The Dog House Slot by Pragmatic Play; The Sword and The Grail Slot by Play’n GO.

In terms of the Best Software Provider, we have listed: Betsoft, BGAMING, Fugaso, Microgaming, NetEnt, Play’n GO, Playson, Pragmatic Play , Push Gaming, and Red Tiger Gaming.

The Best Affiliate Partner list goes as follows: LeoVegas Affiliate, Uffiliates, Betzest Partners, Stars Affiliate Club, RP Affiliates, JPJ Partners, Max Affiliates, PlayAttack Affiliates, IVY Affiliates, and Oshi Affiliates.

With the idea of giving the winners the acclaim they deserve, AskGamblers team is organizing the AskGamblers Awards gala night, third year in a row. The night of the final ceremony will be held on 17th January 2020 in Belgrade, allowing everyone absent to follow the event on live stream. The ceremony is expected to be the perfect blend of excitement, enthusiasm, and sweet anticipation – just as every other year before.

Being the most prestigious event in the iGaming industry, the AskGamblers Awards night is when the winners are chosen out of the following categories: Best Online Casino, Best New Casino and the Best New Slot with addition of Best Software Provider and the Best Affiliate Partner. Also, there will be a separate award called Players’ Choice.

As a crew of professionals whose primary mission is to keep its players happy and animated, AskGamblers has turned AskGamblers Awards night into a pure spectacle. By giving the players’ authority to choose the winners through nominations, AskGamblers is trusting and honouring their active dedication, trust, and commitment to the collective iGaming purpose.

AskGamblers’ Product Owner Denis Ristic reflected on the upcoming AskGamblers Awards event by saying: I am forever thrilled with the way AskGamblers team approaches improvement and innovation as well as with the way we manage to make our players feel in the process. Apart from our immense knowledge of the industry’s pitfalls and assets, I believe it is the unity of action, commitment, and creativity that keeps us pushing forward. The AskGamblers Awards night will be amazing, we can’t wait for the winners’ names to be announced!

By successfully keeping the players’ interest in the AskGamblers Awards nominations for a few years in a row, the AskGamblers team has once again proven itself worthy of everyone’s attention and trust. Pushing the envelope on more fronts than we can count has already become a fixed segment of the AskGamblers’s DNA.

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Compliance Updates

MGA Tightens Definition of Start-ups

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The Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) has announced changes to the regulations on gaming license fees to narrow the definition of start-ups, potentially ramping up costs for smaller gaming businesses.

Previously, a start-up owner had to generate less than €10m in revenue from gaming or related sectors during the previous financial year, but now, such an owner must generate less than this amount over the previous 36 months.

The rule applies both to individuals who have generated more than €10m and to those who are “part of, or controlled by, a corporate group” who have generated the same.

Under the current license fee regulations, start-ups are exempt from paying the compliance contribution, which may be between €15,000 and €600,000, depending on revenue and the type of gaming services offered.

“This amendment is aimed at ensuring that undertakings classified as start-ups are truly such, whilst simultaneously not prejudicing corporate groups that were in the business many years back and wish to benefit from such an incentive by starting up again,” MGA explained.

The changes will come into effect from January 1, 2020.

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Betsoft Gaming Partners with WeAreCasino

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Betsoft Gaming has signed a distribution agreement with the online gaming platform provider WeAreCasino. As per the deal, WeAreCasino will have access to Betsoft’s full portfolio of titles, including the latest releases Gemmed!, Wolf Moon Rising and Gold Canyon.

“We are thrilled to have signed this agreement with WeAreCasino. We have a reputation for developing innovative content and are therefore delighted to partner with an innovative casino like this. They have proven to be very successful in the markets they’re operating in. We look forward to a successful partnership,” Francesca Raniolo, sales executive of Betsoft Gaming said.

“Betsoft’s portfolio of videoslots have a considerable reputation and we are eager to see how their games will perform for us. Betsoft’s innovative content closely aligns with our message so we expect our players to engage well with these games. We are very excited for this partnership to be a success,” Marko Jelen, head of sales at WeAreCasino said.

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