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GiveMeSport Launches Redesigned Web Platform

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GiveMeSport (GMS), a Bragg Gaming Group company (TSXV: BRAG, OTC:BRGGF), has launched an entirely re-designed web platform to compliment a new content-rich editorial direction.

The new design is optimised for mobile and reduces loading speed of enhanced content and video, offering a variety of article formats from short humorous pieces to more serious, in-depth reads that tackle the difficult issues within the sports world.

The launch follows a strategic restructure of the global platform and editorial approach in the first half of the year which has already boosted reader engagement and retention rates across all key performance metrics.

GMS now reaches more than 95 million unique users monthly (July 2019) across platforms compared to 29 million in January 2019, an increase of 221 per cent. Facebook video views have increased by 168 per cent year to date, and has seen a 294 per cent jump in Facebook video interactions.

The GMS Instagram following has increased by more than 53 per cent over the year and the GMS Twitter following has grown by more than 15 per cent over the same period.

Rick Waterlow, Managing Director of GiveMeSport, said: “This was a complete overhaul of the GiveMeSport platform, from the bottom up.

“We reached out to our top fans and asked them what they wanted to see in their sports news, and then developed an entirely new editorial strategy and platform to respond to their feedback. We also prioritised the speed of the new platform and optimised for mobile – no more waiting for video and enhanced content to load.”

GMS also launched a new GiveMeSport Women division earlier in the year, responding to the increased demand for women’s sport coverage.

Headed by renowned sports journalist Benny Bonsu, the GMS Women section includes one of the widest ranges of women’s sport coverage available and offers both up to the minute updates and more substantive looks into the field.

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Betsson Becomes Largest Stakeholder in Suaposta

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Online gambling and betting operator Betsson has acquired a 75% stake in Suaposta and become the single largest stakeholder in the Brazilian race betting operator.

According to the deal, despite Betsson now becoming the largest stakeholder, Suaposta’s founders André Gelfi and Fernando Corrêa would be in charge of the brand’s local online operations.

Gelfi said that the increased involvement of Betsson will put them in “an interesting position to contribute to the development of the onshore sports betting market in Brazil.”

Brazil is about to legalise gambling and Betsson’s deal with Suaposta will strategically benefit the company when the gambling market opens up in Latin America’s largest country.

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Department of Veterans Affairs Opens Gambling Addiction Treatment Centre in Las Vegas

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The Department of Veterans Affairs has opened a new in-patient gambling addiction recovery centre in Las Vegas.

The facility is the second of its kind in nearly 50 years at VA: the department’s first gambling addiction centre – a trailblazing treatment facility that was the first of its kind in the country for addressing compulsive gambling – opened at the Brecksville, Ohio, VA Medical Centre in 1972.

Now part of the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Centre, it was the sole inpatient treatment centre for gambling addiction, drawing more than 100 veterans annually from around the country for care.

Tim Jobin, chief of behavioural health at the VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System, said the new gambling addiction centre “fills a gap in our mental health continuum of care.”

“The staff has dedicated countless hours of planning, mindfulness and reviews to make this happen here today,” Jobin said.

The new gambling addiction centre has 20 beds, including a separate wing with five beds for women veterans, and will focus on individual treatment plans using a “whole health approach” geared to emotional, physical and mental healing.

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Booming Games partners with Luckydays

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Malta-based slot supplier Booming Games have launched their slots on Lucky Days Casino. Booming Games’ slot portfolio comprises of more than 60 HTML5 slot games including popular titles like Booming Seven Deluxe, VIP Filthy Riches, Gold Vein and latest release Dragon’s Chest. Booming Games release up to two new games per month. Soon to be released are Chicken Party, Hooked and Wild Energy.

“We are delighted to partner with Lucky Days Casino” said Frederik Niehusen, Chief Commercial Officer at Booming Games. “Lucky Days Casino is the next valuable addition to our constantly growing network of operators. 2019 has been a very successful year for Booming Games with even more to come in 2020. We are looking forward to a fruitful partnership with Lucky Days”, he added.

Booming Games was an obvious partner to include in our mission to build a wide range game offer suitable to new and experienced players. Look and feel is key in today’s competitive market of game studios and we are looking forward to adding their content to our existing portfolio of +1,000 titles. Andre Swedberg, CPO”

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