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One-tenth of all children involves in illegal gambling in Ireland

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A new study, conducted by the Department of Health, has revealed that 10 per cent of children in Ireland engage with some form of gambling, mainly lottery tickets, scratch cards and horse- or dog-racing.

Scratch cards are the most popular form.

The National Lottery said it had responded to these findings by taking additional steps to ensure players’ ages are verified. These include the appointment of a retail compliance manager, the provision of age control messaging on point-of-sale equipment in retailers and “own audit” verifications.

“All of our retailers are contractually obliged not to sell National Lottery games to under 18s and must commit to our Sales Code of Practice to ask for age verification if in any doubt,” a spokeswoman said.

According to the survey, almost one in ten 15–17 year-olds bought a lottery ticket or scratch card in the last year, and 9.4 per cent placed a bet at a horse or dog racing meeting. Some 15 per cent of boys aged 15-17 years bet on horse or dogs, while 12 per cent bought a lottery ticket or scratch card.

Older people are most likely to gamble, the survey found; almost half of those aged 55-64 years reported gambling on a monthly basis.

However, online or phone gambling was most common among younger people—reported by one in 20 of those aged between 18 and 34 years.

Lottery tickets and scratch cards also accounted for more heavy gambling, with 11 per cent of people reporting spending over €250 a year on this form of gambling.

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Microgaming Signs Distribution Agreement with Neko Games

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Microgaming has signed an exclusive distribution agreement with game design and development studio, Neko Games.

The studio’s Super Showball video bingo game is live on Microgaming’s content aggregation platform from 26 May 2020, joining hundreds of new games being added throughout the year by the supplier’s diverse roster of exclusive independent studios and content partners.

“Video bingo games are particularly popular in LATAM, and the team at Neko Games have done a tremendous job with their debut title, Super Showball. We are pleased to welcome the studio to our content aggregation platform and look forward to working with them on further diversifying our portfolio for Microgaming customers worldwide,” Leon Thomas, Commercial Director of Microgaming, said.

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ORYX Gaming secures deal with Superbet in Romania

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ORYX Gaming, a Bragg Gaming Group company, has struck a distribution deal with leading Romanian operator Superbet.

The agreement will give Superbet access to ORYX’s RGS library including proprietary ORYX content and titles from partnered studios such as Gamomat, Kalamba Games, Golden Hero and Givme Games, as well as newly-added CandleBets.

Via a single integration, the operator will also gain full access to ORYX Hub’s extensive library of 8,000+ casino games from 80+ premium providers as well as proprietary marketing and player engagement tools, such as real-time in-game tournaments and leaderboards.

Superbet operates an extensive retail network in Romania and launched its online brand in 2016.

The deal will see ORYX further bolster its presence in Romania where its casino offering has been proven popular with players of its operator partners, including Stanleybet, NetBet, PublicWin, GameWorld and Unibet.

ORYX is licensed by the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) and the Romanian National Gambling Office (ONJN) and its content is certified or approved in 16 major jurisdictions.

Matevz Mazij, Managing Director of ORYX Gaming, said: “Going live with one of the most valuable operators in Romania is a strong statement for us and I am positive that this partnership will be very fruitful both in Romania and other markets that Superbet is planning to expand into.”

Adam Shaw, Online Managing Director of Superbet, said: “We want to provide our customers with the best casino experience through a variety of content. ORYX has a localised approach to games and a fantastic reputation for delivery of top quality games together with player engagement tools.

“We very much look forward to bringing the Superbet player base access to the wide range of content they offer, and we’re delighted to be working with them.”

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OneTouch transports players to Neon 2077

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Mobile-first games developer unveils latest futuristic offering

Mobile-first games developer OneTouch is giving players a glimpse into the future with the launch of cyberpunk release Neon 2077.

Featuring out-of-this-world graphics, only those interested in transporting to a futuristic universe packed with new age themed symbols and a love of techno sound effects need apply.

This 5×1 horizontal reel offering challenges players to match the bonus symbols with any of the symbols above it, with blanks in the main reel also filled with the bonus symbol.

Bonus Reel symbols are also counted as game symbols and when combined offer the potential to win big, giving players several chances to make their future a winning one.

Ollie Castleman, Head of Marketing, OneTouch, said: “We are always looking to push the boundaries in slot innovation, and we have demonstrated that with Neon 2077.

“This latest game is sure to appeal both to traditional players who love the neon theme from a bygone era, as well as players who enjoy social gaming and highly evolved slots.”

OneTouch is rapidly becoming one of the most trusted and recognised suppliers across all major markets and has recently announced a number of high-profile operator deals.

Its full range of slots and classic table games can be played at www.onetouch.io.

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