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UK Gambling Commission mulls banning credit card for gambling transactions

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The UK Gambling Commission is considering a ban on credit cards for gambling-related transactions. The commission has invited recommendations and suggestions from the members of the public, gambling businesses and other stakeholders.

Paul Hope, an executive director at the Gambling Commission, said: “We are exploring measures that could help reduce the risk of harm to consumers who use their credit cards to gamble online, and to those who play on all Category B machines. We want consumers, gambling firms and other interested parties to have their say and provide evidence that will help us make gambling safer.”

UKGC has already agreed in principle that consumers should not gamble with money they do not have. Gambling with borrowed money is already well-established as a risk factor for harmful gambling.

Now it is seeking meaningful input to help determine if restrictions—potentially including an outright ban—are necessary to limit risks to consumers.

The other call for evidence gives an opportunity for gambling businesses to outline how they will meet the challenges set out in the UK Government’s Review of Gaming Machines and Social Responsibility Measures over the protections for players using FOBTs.

Niji Narayan has been in the writing industry for well over a decade or so. He prides himself as one of the few survivors left in the world who have actually mastered the impossible art of copy editing. Niji graduated in Physics and obtained his Master’s degree in Communication and Journalism. He has always interested in sports writing and travel writing. He has written for numerous websites and his in-depth analytical articles top sports magazines like Cricket Today and Sports Today. He reports gaming industry headlines from all around the globe.

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Pringles extends ESL sponsorship for more competitions

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Pringles, the US-based potato and wheat-based snack chips brand, has extended its sponsorship of ESL events to include eight more competitions.

The extension of Pringles’ deal will begin with IEM Katowice 2019. The other events that come under the purview of extension include ESL One Cologne, ESL One Hamburg, ESL National Championship SEE, ESL Meisterschaft Deutschland, and the German stream for the European Masters Fall Split. The snack-brand, owned by Kellogg Company, started sponsoring ESL One Hamburg in 2017.

“Pringles’ esports strategy is a prime example of agility in the light of new opportunities,” said Toan Nguyen, Executive Strategy Director and Associate Partner for Hamburg-based marketing agency Jung von Matt, which will continue supporting Pringles in its partnership with ESL. “They started small-scale in 2017 and expanded quickly over many international events in 2018. In 2019, Pringles will cover 8 events with not just Northern Europe, but also the CEE region as its new pillars! This strategy perfectly shows how brands can employ an open mindset combined with curiosity and dedication.”

In addition to logo presence, product placements, and an activation area including an esports fan edition on live competitions, Pringles’ extension with ESL will include a variety of other undisclosed activations, which were designed specifically for fans.

Dominik Schafhaupt, Kellogg Company’s Marketing Manager Snacks Northern Europe, said in a statement: “2018 was a very successful year for Pringles in Northern Europe. Especially in the field of esports we see a great development of brand perception and get very positive reactions from the community. Therefore, we decided to expand our foot print together with the ESL not only geographically but also qualitatively. At the moment we are finalizing new concepts with which we would like to address the community with even more relevant communication and activations, on-the-ground at events but also digital.”

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Studies find links between loot box spending and problem gambling

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New research has proved that there is a strong link between problematic gambling behaviours and spending money on loot boxes.

The results of the research are published in the journal PLOS One as two studies. The results indicate that people who spend more money on loot boxes are also more likely to be unable to keep their gambling habits in check.

“Loot boxes are extremely widespread. A recent analysis we did showed that they may feature in as many as 63% of mobile games. They’re extremely profitable, too: They’re estimated to have perhaps generated as much as $30 billion in revenue in 2018,” said study author David Zendle of York St. John University.

“They’re also highly worrying — there are clear parallels between loot boxes and potentially harmful activities like gambling. Given their prevalence, importance, and the lack of literature on them, I think a good question is ‘Why weren’t more people running these studies?’”

The researchers had 1172 gamers complete psychological surveys regarding problem gambling and loot box spending.

The participants all reported regularly playing at least of one of ten popular games that feature loot boxes: Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds, League of Legends, Hearthstone, Overwatch, Counter-Strike: GO, FIFA 18, Rocket League, DOTA 2, Team Fortress 2, and Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege.

“There is a link between loot box spending and problem gambling. However, we’re not sure if this means that loot boxes literally cause problem gambling, or if it means that people who are already problem gamblers spend significantly more money on loot boxes. In either case, though, it doesn’t look socially beneficial.”

On average, the participants reported spending $19.58 on loot boxes in the past month. But some had spent up to $2300.

The study replicates the finding of previous research conducted by Zendle and published in 2018. That study, which examined 7422 gamers, found that people with more severe gambling problems tended to spend more on loot boxes.

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Denmark unveil New Code of Conduct to protect consumers

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Denmark is planning to implement a code of conduct for the gambling industry, which will improve consumer protection and contribute to preventing gambling as entertainment developing into compulsive gambling.

The new plan will be implemented after a comprehensive discussion with all stakeholders. The new code is expected to come into force on 1 July 2019.

On this basis, parties from the gambling industry have sat down and together drawn up the code of conduct for the gambling industry, which enters into force on 1 July 2019.

There are three sections of license holders who come into the purview of the code:

  1. License holders in the area of online casino and betting who come under Danish Online Gambling Association.
  2. License holders in the area of gaming machines who come under Dansk Automat Brancheforening (Danish gaming machine industry association).
  3. License holders to land-based casino who come under Dansk Kasinoforening (Danish Casino Association).

 

The code (in Danish language) can be read on this page: http://doga.squarespace.com/blog/2019/3/15/spilbranchen-lander-aftale-om-adfrdskodeks

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